This section provides an overview for fpcs as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 9 fpc manufacturers and their company rankings.
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An FPC is a flexible printed circuit board. It is characterized by its paper-thinness and softness. Since it is lighter, smaller, and more economical than ordinary substrates, it has come to be widely used in recent years.
An FPC is also called flexible substrates, an acronym for Flexible Printed Circuits.
FPCs are widely used in electrical appliances and consumer products. A typical application is smartphones. In most cases, FPCs are used in the control boards of smartphones. Because of their small size and light weight, FPCs are useful for products that are carried on a daily basis.
In home appliances, FPCs are used in LCD TVs. Since electronic control boards can be made smaller, they are economically advantageous. Other products include keyboards and printers, which have a wide range of uses. In addition, they are also used in heavy industry. In recent years, it has become a must-have component in the space development and aviation industries.
The mechanism of an FPC is basically the same as that of a printed circuit board, but the biggest difference is that the base material is a film. Circuits are printed on insulating polyimide or polyester film with copper or other metals as wiring. Both the film and copper foil are about 12 µm to 50 µm, so they can remain quite thin even when laminated together.
FPCs are fabricated in the following manner.
The above process completes a lightweight and durable FPCs. there are two types of FPCs: single-sided FPCs and double-sided FPCs. While double-sided FPCs are less durable than single-sided FPCs, the advantage of double-sided FPCs is that they can be designed with higher density. In double-sided FPCs, the process of single-sided FPCs is repeated.
In recent years, FPCs substrates with a flex-rigid structure and multilayered FPCs substrates, in which a rigid substrate is sandwiched between FPCs, have also been developed. As a base material, polyimide is more heat-resistant and durable than polyester.
FPCs have three characteristics: high flexibility, light weight, and high cost.
There are two major points to note when using FPCs.
FPCs must be used in consideration of the above points.
According to a study by Credence Research, the global FPC market is increasing year by year; it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.6% from 2018 to 2027, and the global market size for flexible electronics is expected to grow to approximately 4.5 trillion yen by 2027.
The growing market is related to the rising demand for FPCs in the automotive, consumer electronics, and aerospace industries.
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Meiko Corporation is a Japanese company headquartered in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture. The company designs and manufactures printed circuit boards primarily for the automotive and telecommunications industries, as well as for home appliances, medical equipment, and robotics. Meiko designs advanced PCBs and related parts and offers comprehensive electronic manufacturing services (EMS) for electronics. EMS services cover each step from pattern design (CAD) through tool inspection, assembly, and quality inspection. Meiko is the largest manufacturer of circuit boards specializing in cellular phone and automative markets.
Ranking as of March 2023 GloballyDerivation Method
Derivation MethodThe ranking is calculated based on the click share within the fpc page as of March 2023. Click share is defined as the total number of clicks for all companies during the period divided by the number of clicks for each company.
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