High Frequency Board – RF pool

Eurocircuits’ RF pool High Frequency Board 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

Pooled – 2 & 4

Non-Pooled – 1,6,8,10,12,14,16

Maximum PCB dimension

355mm x 500mm  for ML

425mm x 580mm for 2L

Minimum PCB dimension

5mm x 5mm

Base material

I-TERA Tg 200°C

Rogers – R04350 Tg 280°C

Board thickness – 2 layer

0.250mm & 0.500mm

Non-Pooled – others available in the online calculator

Board thickness – 4 layer

1.00mm & 1.55mm

Non-Pooled – others available in the online calculator

Baoard thickness – 6, 8, 10, 12. 14 & 16  layer

1.55mm

Non-Pooled – others available in the online calculator

Base copper foil– outer layers

Pooled – 12µm/⅓oz, 18µm/½oz, 35µm/1oz

Non-Pooled – others available in the online calculator

Base copper foil– inner layers

Pooled – 18µm/½oz. 35µm/1oz

Non-Pooled – others available in the online calculator

Surface finish

Pooled – ENIG (Chemical Ni/Au)

Semi-Pooled – Immersion silver (Ag)

Non-Pooled – LF HAL

Soldermask type/colour

Pooled – Green

Non-Pooled – Red, Blue, Black White, Transparent, PixtureBlackWhite

Extra options

Pooled – Peelable mask, Via filling, Heatsink Paste Hard-gold fingers

Semi Pooled – Gold Edge Connectors

Non -Pooled – carbon pads

Legend colour

Pooled – White

Non-Pooled  – Black, WhitePIL

Min. track width/spacing

Pooled – 0.100mm

Non-Pooled – 0.090mm

Min. finished hole size

PTH – 0.150mm

NPTH – 0.250mm

Non-Pooled – others available in the online calculator

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

PTH – 0.300mm

NPTH -0.200mm

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

PTH  – 0.350mm

NPTH -0.250mm

Minimum copper to board-edge clearance – outer layers

Routed – 0.250mm

V-cut – 0.450mm

Minimum copper to board-edge – inner layers

Routed – 0.400mm

V-cut – 0.450mm

Copper options

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

Slots and cut-outs

Tool sizes – 0.5, 1.2 & 2.0mm

Delivery panels (customer panels)

Break-routed with 2 mm tool or V-cut

Maximum customer panel that can be eC-compatible

Pooled – 350 x 250mm

Multilayer-build

eC-type 8

For specials request a quotation

Electrical test

Standard

UL marking

Not yet available

Stencil material

100µm and 130µm stainless steel

Maximum stencil size

595mm x 595mm

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

Explore all PCB Pooling services from Eurocircuits

PCB proto

1, 2 or 5 PCB’s in 2 or 3 working days

STANDARD pool

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

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

IMS pool

Single layer Insulated Metal Substrate PCBs (ALU)

BINDI pool

Medium volume boards from our new plant in India