What is a printed circuit board?
Today we’re going back to basics. We feel that it’s essential to understand the PCB, especially if you’re outside the industry. What is the printed circuit board, or PCB? Very simply put – it is a board that connects electronic components. PCBs use conductive tracks, pads and other similar features etched from copper sheets and laminated onto a non-conductive substrate. Capacitors, resistors and other components are soldered onto the PCB where appropriate. PCBs successfully fulfilled a need for an electronic device that could fit components within the smallest amount of space possible. There’s much more to it than that however, the PCB is an extremely versatile and essential part of everyday life.
What does a printed circuit board do?
A PCB and it’s components are used in the vast majority of electronic devices so they can perform their intended function. Over time they have developed in complexity and their size has continued to decrease. This is clear in modern devices such as smartphones, compared to their now neglected cousin – the standard mobile phone of old.
Who invented printed circuit boards?
In short, Paul Eisler developed the first operational printed circuit board in 1943. He created and protected various applications that in the long run got the consideration of US military. Before this time, point to point construction was used which is essentially a mess of wires that took up huge amounts of space and needed frequent replacement.
Where to buy printed circuit boards?
Perfect for hobbyists who need prototypes quickly, we offer an express service at a reasonable price. For far bigger orders we have a unique manufacturing method that saves money, and passes the cost onto our customers.
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