What is FPC?

FPC stands for Flexible Printed Circuit. It is a type of circuit board made from thin and flexible insulating material with conductive traces printed on it. FPCs are commonly used in electronic devices where space is limited and where flexibility is required. The flexibility of FPCs makes them ideal for use in devices that need to bend, twist or fold. They are often found in products such as smartphones, laptops, digital cameras, and medical equipment. FPCs offer many advantages, including high density, lightweight, low profile, and improved reliability over traditional rigid circuit boards.

How to manufacture FPC?
The unique advantages and applications of FPC
  • Excellent flexibility

    FPCs are often used as the connectors in various applications. Its excellent flexibility can extend the service life of the circuits and save much space. FPCs are always applied in smartphones and medical equipment where require many interconnections in a compact package.

  • Lightweight and small volume

    FPCs are lighter than rigid PCBs and can be designed to smaller sizes for its flexibility. These advantages make FPCs available to replace bulky circuits in some applications. For example, FPCs can be used in Satellites, where the weight and volume are the main limitations for designers. What’s more, LED strips, consumer electronics, automobiles, and many other high-density applications favor flexible boards to reduce the size and weight.

  • Better resistance and movement performance

    FPCs are easy to wrap without breaking and damaging, making them are very suitable for outdoor electronics, sports equipment, and wearable electronics.

  • High reliability and excellent heat dissipation

    There are no mechanical connectors in FPC applications, which improves the durability in harsh environments. And the heat dissipation ability of FPCs is better than rigid PCBs. Therefore, flexible PCBs can be found in many computer components, televisions, printers, and gaming systems.