RF pool

Eurocircuits’“RF pool” service offers the cost benefits of order-pooling to designers of RF PCBs. RF pool covers a broad spectrum of technology including 2 types of material, 2- and 4-layer PCBs and a range of build-up options including mixed RF and FR4, all at acceptable prices. For other RF requirements, upload your data via the Ask for quotation box for our engineers to evaluate.

What do you get?

  • A clear one page smart menu for fast ordering RF PCBs
  • 2 & 4 layers, from 1 piece onwards
  • Isola I-TERA at pooling prices; Rogers 4000 series non-pooled
  • 100µm – 4mil technology boards at pooling prices; 0.090 – 3 mil non-pooled
  • Fully-finished with 2 solder-masks and 1 or 2 silk-screens
  • Lead-free finish: electroless gold over nickel (ENIG or Che Ni/Au)
  • 100% manufacturability check prior to production
  • 100% electrical test on all boards
  • PCB Configurator to check and upload design parameters before pricing
    • PCB Visualizer and PCB Checker analysis before you place your order. (from your order basket)
    • No tooling charges
    • No minimum order charge
    • Direct online price-calculation and ordering

How to get prices and place orders?

  • Log in and go to Calculate and order/RF pool.
  • Select Price calculator to enter all details manually or Analyse your data to get PCB Configurator to Analyse your data and enter the design parameters into the Price calculator menu.
  • The menu displays the default values for the service.  If your design conforms to these values, just enter the number of boards and delivery that you need at the top of the page, plus the number of layers and the board size.  You will see the price requested and some alternative options at once.
  • If you need other options select what you need from the rest of the menu.  The smart menus will guide you towards optimum manufacturability and best price.
  • Attach files and place your order in the shopping basket.  The PCB Visualizer analysis starts running right away.  Open PCB Visualizer to check the results, and if everything is ok, checkout to place your order.

New user?

Not yet signed up to Eurocircuits and our other low-cost online services?
You can calculate a price on our public Price calculator, but to use the PCB Visualizer analysis and to place orders you need to sign up.

How do we keep RF pool prices down?

Eurocircuits are specialist manufacturers of prototype and small batch PCBs. We are experts in order-pooling. Placing different orders on a standard production pooling panel minimizes set-up and production costs so you get good prices and no tooling charges. Because of the large numbers of orders we receive daily, we can offer a large number of technological options in our pooling services. We do a 100% check on your data before manufacture to make sure that you get the boards you want.

Help from the Eurocircuits community!

ChipDesign a Belgian Eurocircuits customer is specialized in IC design and turn-key RF solutions: Antennas and antenna arrays, FPGA design, Packaged MMICs, PCB design, PDK development, Power amplifiers and SSPA transmitters. In the field of RF, ChipDesign has developed a general-purpose RF/microwave library for CadSoft Eagle, which it offers free-of-charge. It can be downloaded here.

RF pool service parameters

Number of layers

2 & 4 – pooled; other – ask for quotation

Maximum PCB dimension

500mm x 425mm  for ML – 580 x 425 for 2L- max board area 8.75 dm2

Minimum PCB dimension

5mm x 5mm

Base material – pooled

2L – I-TERA Tg 200°C ; 4L – I-TERA + Isola 370HR Tg 180°C

Base material – non-pooled

Rogers RO4000 series Tg 280° C  –Other – ask for quotation

Base material thickness – 2 layer

0.25mm and 0.50mm

Base material thickness – 4 layer

1.55mm.  Other – ask for quotation

Base copper foil– outer layers

18µm/½oz. Other – ask for quotation

Base copper foil– inner layers

18µm/½oz. Other – ask for quotation

Surface finish

ENIG (Chemical Ni/Au) – pooled + Leadfree HAL, Immersion silver – non-pooled

Soldermask type/colour

Liquid Photo-imageable (LPI) green – pooled + Blue, red, white, clear – non-pooled

Extra options

Peelable mask, via filling – pooled + Hard-gold fingers, carbon pads, heatsink paste – non-pooled

Legend colour

White one or both sides – pooled + Yellow, black, white photo-imageable – non-pooled

Min. track width/spacing

0.100mm – pooled; 0.090mm – non-pooled

Min. finished hole size

0.15mm – pooled; 0.090 – non-pooled

Minimum outer layer pad diameter = finished hole size + listed value

0.300mm – PTH -0.200mm – NPTH

Minimum inner layer pad diameter = finished hole size + listed value

0.350mm – PTH -0.250mm – NPTH

Minimum copper to board-edge clearance – outer layers

0.250mm (routed), 0.450mm (V-cut).

Minimum copper to board-edge – inner layers

0.400mm (routed), 0.450mm (V-cut).

Copper options

Copper up to edge, plated holes on edge, round-edge plating

Slots and cut-outs

0.5, 1.2 & 2.0mm tools

Delivery panels (customer panels)

2.0mm break-routed, V-cut

Maximum customer panel dimensions

350 x 250mm – pooled -425 x 425 mm (max. area 8.75dm2) – non-pooled -Larger – ask for quotation

Multilayer-build

eC-type 8. For specials ask for quotation

Electrical test

Standard

UL marking

Not yet available

Stencil material

100µm and 130µm stainless steel

Maximum stencil size

595 x 595mm

The RF pool service starts with default values, as described in this article

Explore all PCB Pooling services from Eurocircuits

NAKED proto

Fast proof-of-concept board, No soldermask and no silkscreen

PCB proto

1, 2 or 5 PCBs in 2, 3, 5 or 7 working days

STANDARD pool

FR-4 lead-free soldering compatible material up to 16 layers

BINDI pool

Medium volume boards from our new plant in India

RF pool

Isola I-TERA and Rogers 4000 series material

SEMI-FLEX pool

4 layer, 100 micron FR4 core with two specially treated copper layers

IMSpool

Single layer Insulated Metal Substrate PCBs (ALU)