Apollo Electronics Flexible Printed Circuits (FPC)

Apollo specializes in the design and manufacture of both single-sided and double-sided etched copper flexible printed circuits (FPCs) for applications in automobiles, computers, office equipment, telecommunication equipment, measurement devices, industrial controls and a wide range of consumer electronics.

Many Fortune 500 companies trust Apollo engineers to produce their most demanding flexible circuit designs. Whether you need to reliably package your circuitry in limited space with Rigid-Flex or solve a crosstalk shielding issue with Multilayer Flex Circuitry, you can rely on Apollo manufacturing expertise to move your project through to commercialization. Contact us now for technical guidance on your next flexible circuitry project.

Apollo has over 15 years of experience in designing and manufacturing flexible circuitry and related products. Our Team of Applications Engineers look forward to helping you develops your next challenge. Let us help you with:

  1. Circuit layout and prototyping capabilities;
  2. Device construction; Custom materials selection;
  3. Concept validation & feasibility study;
  4. Development and prototypes;
  5. Optimization for commercialization;
  6. Testing and reliability.

Apollo Rigid Flex Circuit Advantages:

  1. High connection reliability- flexible cable connecting rigid layers is an integral piece of multiple boards.
  2. Reduce parts count- fewer connectors and cables required.
  3. Ultimate design flexibility- easily package circuitry in confined spaces or in 3 dimensions while maintaining a rigid substrate.
  4. Flexible design parameters- circuits can accommodate EMI shielding layers, through-hole assembly, controlled impedance and other customer-specified electrical requirements.

Apollo Multilayer Flex Circuit Advantages:

  1. Save space- high circuit density system can handle multiple conductive layers.
  2. High performance and reliability in extreme conditions- even in situations where circuit is exposed to excessive vibration, shock, bending and folding.
  3. Flexible design parameters- circuits can accommodate EMI shielding layers, through-hole assembly, controlled impedance and other customer-specified electrical requirements.

Single-Sided Flexible Circuits

A single-sided flexible circuit has an etched conductor pattern (usually copper) on one side of a dielectric base film. A dielectric covering, such as solder mask or cover layer, is usually applied to protect the conductors and to dictate component placement areas. Stiffeners or backers can also be added to create selective rigid sections. Single sided circuits are generally preferred for applications which require repeated flexing. Circuits can be produced with many different options and coatings; see our manufacturing capabilities for a list of options.

Double-Sided Flexible Circuits

A double-sided flexible circuit has a single etched conductive pattern on two sides of a dielectric base film. Electrical conductivity from side to side is achieved through plated through holes. A dielectric covering, such as solder mask or cover layer, is usually applied to both sides to protect the conductors and to dictate component placement areas. Stiffeners or backers can also be added to create selective rigid sections. Circuits can be produced with many different options and coatings; see our manufacturing capabilities for a list of options.

Apollo Technical Capabilities for Rigid-Flex and Multilayer Circuits:

  1. 3 mil line & 3 mil space/prototype environment,
  2. 2 layers rigid flex, Reverse bare circuitry,
  3. Soft tool zif tolerance (+/- 0.1mm),
  4. Control Impedance, Micro BGA Assembly.

Available Materials:

  1. PET, Polyimide/Adhesive/Adhesiveless,
  2. 1/4 oz. copper - 6 oz. copper,
  3. Cover-layer - ½ mil - 5 mil.

Surface Finishes:

  1. HAL,
  2. Gold hard/soft,
  3. Wire bondable gold,
  4. Immersion tin / gold plate,
  5. Flexible soldermask.

Apollo Custom Manufacturing Capabilities

  1. Save development and manufacturing resources- let Apollo make your finished circuit or subassembly using our high speed SMT manufacturing lines.
  2. RoHS Compatible component attachment - Exclusive PolySolder® Adhesive is a lead-free, silver loaded isotropic conductive adhesive that provides both an electrical and mechanical connection of component leads to circuit traces.
  3. Flexible manufacture - In addition to LEDs, resistors, capacitors, and multi-leaded package types (e.g., QFP, SOIC and PLCC), we can attach 7-segment LEDs, flip chips, components on flaps and switches & displays (removing the need for spacer layers). Don''''t see what you need? Ask us- we are always adding new capabilities!
  4. Improved quality and reliability - Mounted components can be robotically treated with an encapsulant during manufacture to provide additional stress relief. All of our SMT lines also incorporate in-line robotic testing to ensure quality during manufacture.

Contact Us

To contact us or request information regarding our products, please call Robert Mos at 858-688-3670 or email him at sales@apollofpc.com.