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What is the relationship between 5G and PCB circuit boards?
2020-10-10
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    The current 5G boom and the arrival of the 5G era, PCB, as the mother of the electronics industry, is also the carrier of all components. The PCB industry has the largest proportion and the most benefit in this chain.

    The development of 5G is inseparable from the construction of large-scale data centers, which will inevitably increase servers. The development of servers is inseparable from PCBs. Due to the huge traffic carried by data centers and high requirements for transmission speeds, the number of layers and materials of PCBs The demand for high-end communication boards will be higher and higher. In this case, the demand for high-end communication boards will be greatly increased.

  With the continuous advancement of 5G construction, due to the high-speed and high-frequency characteristics of 5G, the value of communication boards for a single base station will also greatly increase, and the construction of 5G base stations will further drive the demand for communication boards. First of all, the number of 5G base stations is much larger than the current 4G base stations, especially in blind spot areas that will cover a certain number of micro base stations, which will undoubtedly drive the demand for communication PCB boards. Secondly, due to the increase in 5G channels, the requirements for the area and number of layers of a single PCB are higher. The area has been increased from 15cm to 35cm, and the number of layers has also been upgraded from a double-sided board to a 12-layer board. In addition, the value of 5G base stations is much higher than that of 4G base stations. The unit price of high-speed and high-frequency plates used in 5G base stations is 5000 yuan/㎡, while the unit price of 4G base stations is only 2000 yuan/㎡. It can be seen that the PCB value of 5G base stations is 4G. 2.5 times of the base station, so the value of the communication board has been greatly improved.

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   According to Prismark's forecast, the compound growth rate of the PCB industry will reach 3% from 2016 to 2020, that is, the output value in 2020 will be close to US$60 billion. In the current environment of rapid development of cloud computing and 5G, PCB is an important basic force in the entire electronics industry chain, and the ever-changing environment drives the new direction of PCB demand growth. Therefore, PCB manufacturers should continue to invest resources in PCB engineering research and development, actively practice intelligent production management, steadily improve the level of production automation, and achieve a strong ability to provide a full range of PCB products and services to different customers.