The influence of curing systems on epoxide‐based PCB laminate performance

Yih‐Rern Peng (Grace Electron Corporation, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China)
Xiaolong Qi (Grace Electron Corporation, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China)
Christos Chrisafides (Rohm and Haas Electronic materials Printed Circuit Group, Marlboro, Massachusetts, USA)

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

There are many considerations that have to be taken into account when balancing the properties epoxy‐based laminate and prepreg materials must have in order to meet the array of electrical, thermal and mechanical demands of today's multilayer printed circuit boards. Aims to discuss two different curing systems that are commonly employed in current laminate and prepreg materials.

Design/methodology/approach

An examination of the two different curing systems – phenol novolac (PN) and dicyandiamide (DICY) based – that are commonly employed in current laminate and prepreg materials.

Findings

DICY curing systems have properties such as good flexibility, good adhesion and good processability but have poor thermal resistance, higher water absorption and poor anti‐CAF capability. Because PN resin systems utilize an aromatic ring structure, traditional PN cured epoxy resin results in having excellent thermal resistance, low water absorption and anti‐CAF capability.

Originality/value

Provides a comparison of interest to all those involved with laminate and prepreg materials in the circuit board industry.

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Citation

Peng, Y., Qi, X. and Chrisafides, C. (2005), "The influence of curing systems on epoxide‐based PCB laminate performance", Circuit World, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 14-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/03056120510603099

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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