PCB Basics for Buyers: A Quick Guide to the PCB Industry

There’s a Need for Speed in Today’s PCBs

Jan. 24, 2023: More and more of today's PCB designs require faster processing of information. That means the bare printed circuit board must have what is known as controlled impedance—the elimination or minimizing of discontinuities in the signal that a trace will deliver. It is no longer a trace or track that connects a plated through-hole to a via or to another device on the PCB. Rather, transmission lines are designed to transport [...]

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PCB Buyers: Keep Your Vendors On Their Toes

Jan. 12, 2023: As a PCB buyer, it’s your responsibility to keep your vendor base competitive in pricing. The problem is, as your relationship with your suppliers continues, it's easy to get complacent about pricing when a vendor’s quality and delivery are satisfactory. If you’re not regularly checking the pricing of your existing vendors against that of potential suppliers, you could be leaving money on the table. If quality and [...]

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China Drops Quarantine Requirements

December 27, 2023: Travelers from overseas will soon no longer be required to enter quarantine upon arrival in China. Beginning January 8, those traveling to China need only show a negative Covid PCR test within 48 hours of their departure. “This is very good news,” says DirectPCB Managing Director Clement Yuen. “Many here are happy with the announcement and look forward to 2023 as the year of growth and recovery.” [...]

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2 and 4-Layer PCBs Tariff Exemption Extended

December 18, 2022: This is good news for U.S. PCB buyers. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued an extension of products excluded from its Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports, including 2 and 4-layer rigid printed circuit boards (Items 136 & 138, found on Page 22 of the notice). Those layer counts continue to be exempt from the tariff for an additional 9 months. As before, the exclusions do not include single-sided or boards [...]

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