Multilayer PCBs & Membrane SwitchesTechnology Areas
All electronics devices today contain a PCB board that holds and connects electronics components. As devices become smaller and consumers demand more functionality at an affordable price point, multilayer PCBs are becoming more and more complex. An Apple iPad Air 2, for example, features a 10-layer PCB buildup. But creating conventional multilayer PCBs is a costly subtractive process that yields substantial chemical waste. An exciting emerging field is 3D-printed multilayer PCBs, promising higher volume, lower cost and much less waste.
The classic printed multilayer component is of course the membrane switch, found in consumer devices since the 1980s as an alternative to bulky mechanical switches. Several CPEIA Members are established industry leaders in membrane switching and can integrate this technology with traditional components such as sensors or lights.
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