What are the benefits of multi-layer PCBs?
In terms of technicality and design, multi layer PCBs provide numerous advantages. Here are a few main benefits of these boards:
Increases Functionality & Capabilities – By laminating together multiple layers of boards, you can efficiently increase the functionality and capabilities of the printed circuit board. With more layers, you can fit more circuitry and wiring into the board.
Can be made Rigid or Flexible – These multi-layer printed circuit boards can be made in either rigid or flexible configurations, depending on your requirements. However, the more layers you add to the board, the less flexible it will become.
Generally Smaller Sizes – As you are combining layers on top of each other, this can save space. Multiple layers allow you to have high capacities with smaller footprints which may be beneficial for smaller devices.
Lightweight – Due to the layered configuration of these printed circuit boards, it eliminates the need for connectors for separate PCBs. This allows the manufacturing process to be simplified which not only saves space but also reduces the overall weight of the board.
Overall, multi-layer circuit boards are often better quality than regular PCBs, as more designing, planning, and investment is put into the development of these types of boards. Although the cost can be higher, it more than makes up for the price in terms of functionality and performance. These boards are generally designed to be one single unit which makes mounting the board onto the final product much easier.