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Producing PCB Layouts for Millimeter Wave Designs

Circuit features shrink with increasing frequencies, requiring designers of printed circuit boards (PCBs) to be creative at millimeter wave frequencies. Manufacturing PCBs with such minute transmission lines and circuit characteristics is also challenging. However, the demand for millimeter wave PCBs for products like 5G cellphones and automotive radars is growing. Fortunately, with engineers tackling both design and manufacturing tasks for millimeter wave PCBs, Benchmark’s Mike McCulley and Zach Donathan have learned how to apply proven techniques for achieving reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) to millimeter wave PCBs, and they share their thoughts in the article “Producing PCB Layouts for Millimeter-Wave Designs,” in the latest issue of Microwave Journal.

Generous frequency bandwidth is available at millimeter wave frequencies if it can be corralled onto cost-effective and reliable PCBs for products serving commercial, industrial, medical, and military applications. That bandwidth will serve not only people but also many IoT devices making connections to the Internet. Prepare to embrace the higher-frequency spectrum by spending time with Benchmark’s McCulley and Donathan, available at Microwave Journal. 

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