What Is an HDI PCB?

  • HDI stands for High-Density Interconnect. In other words, a PCB with about 120 – 160 pins per square inch is an HDI PCB.
  • The HDI PCB comes with multiple numbers of interconnections enclosed within a small space. So, it results in the reduction of a circuit board.
  • HDI made the microvia technology famous and it’s perfectly ideal for blind vias, microvias, and buried vias.

What Is an HDI PCB?

The HDI application is one of the fastest-growing technologies today. HDI stands for High-Density Interconnect. The HDI PCB comes with multiple numbers of interconnections enclosed within a small space. So, it results in the reduction of a circuit board. Moreover, there’s little space between the PCB components, making the board space smaller—although the board functionally isn’t affected.

In other words, a PCB with about 120 – 160 pins per square inch is an HDI PCB. So, the design of the HDI integrates versatile routing and density component placement. Also, it’s essential to know that HDI made the microvia technology famous and it’s perfectly ideal for blind vias, microvias, and buried vias.

The 3 Ways to Designing a
Successful HDI PCB

There are three key ways to design HDI PCB with success.

And they are as follows:

1. Manufacturing Process

Before you begin your HDI PCB design, you first need to understand the HDI manufacturing process parameters. And to do that, you need to consider three factors:

Aperture Ratio

You can’t successfully build an HDI PCB without knowing the aperture ratio you intend to use for its fabrication.

However, a general rule of thumb is using a smaller aperture for a thicker board and vice-versa.

Stack

The stack-up of the HDI PCB has to get classified based on the blind holes and order of layers. So, the stack-up has four different categories; Non-stacked 2-HDI (with buried holes), 1-HDI stacked (with buried holes), Stacked and resin-filled 2-HDI, and Stacked and non-resin filled 2-HDI.

Process Flow

There are a handful of process flows. But the major ones are the 4-layer HDI with one stacking and the 6-layer HDI with two stacking. These processes flow a bit similar to the standard PCB’s asides from the drilling holes sequencing.

2. Layout

Generally, the HDI PCB layouts have high density. Hence, it’s necessary to ensure their maintainability, solderability, and instability.

3. Tracking

You must consider the tracking process, including the tracking’s consistency, the least line width, and regulating safe spacing.

HDI PCB Capacity
(Up to 32 Layers)

  • Feature
    Capacity
  • Number of Layers :
    1 - 32 layers
  • Time of Production:
    1 day - 4 weeks
  • Quality Grade:
    Standard IPC 2
  • Order Quantity:
    1pc - 10000+pcs
  • Copper Weight (Finished):
    6oz/10oz
  • Board Size:
    Min 50*50mm | Max 450*406mm
  • Material:
    FR4 standard Tg 140°C,FR4 High Tg 170°C, FR4 and Rogers combined lamination/div>
  • Board Thickness:
    0.2mm - 10mm
  • Silkscreen Color:
    White, Black, Yellow
  • Solder Mask Color:
    Green, Black, Blue,White, Red, Yellow
  • Min Tracing/Spacing:
    2.5mil/2.5mil
  • Solder Mask Sides:
    As per the file
  • Silkscreen Sides:
    As per the file
  • Max Exponents of Blind/Buried Vias:
    Stacked vias for 3 layers interconnected, staggered vias for 4 layers interconnected
  • Min Annular Ring:
    4mil, 3mil - laser drill
  • Other Methods:
    Flex-rigid combination Via In Pad Buried Capacitor (only for Prototype PCB total area ≤1m²)
  • Surface Finish:
    HASL- Hot Air Solder Leveling Lead Free HASL - RoHS ENIG - Electroless Nickel/Immersion Gold - RoHS Immersion Silver - RoHS Immersion Tin - RoHS OSP - Organic Solderability Preservatives - RoHS
  • Min Drilling Hole Diameter:
    6mil, 4mil - laser drill

The Different Types of
HDI PCB Structures

We’re also capable of fabricating up to 32 layers of HDI PCB. So, it all depends on your specific demands. Below, we’re created a table showing the type of HDI PCB structures we create.

HDI PCB StructuresThe Various categories of
Micros Vias
Large-Scale ProductionSmall to Medium-Scale
Production
PrototypeAvailable
1+N+1Blind viasYesYesYesOver 4 layers
2+N+2Blind/Buried staggered viasYesYesYesOver 6 layers
2+N+2Blind/Buried stacked viasYesYesYesOver 6 layers
3+N+3Blind/Buried stacked vias/YesYesOver 8 layers
3+N+3Blind/Buried stacked vias//YesOver 8 layers

What Are the Benefits of
using HDI PCB?

–The benefits of HDI PCB are as follows:

Better Signal Veracity

  • Because HDI integrates blind via tech and via-in-pad, it helps put the PCB components together without cutting down the signal path length.
  • Also, HDI tech eliminates via stubs. Hence, it limits signal reflection and boosts the quality of the signal.

Affordable

  • A standard 8-layer PCB can reduce to a 6-layer PCB without dropping the quality level. By doing so, you'll be saving a few bucks.

Compact Design

  • The grouping of microvias, blind vias, and buried vias, reduces the requirement for board space.

High Dependability

  • The integration of stacked vias makes HDI boards highly resistant to extreme environmental conditions because of the super shield.

Extraordinary Adaptability

  • HDI boards are suitable for boards that consider space, weight, performance, and reliability as their key concern.

What is the Future for HDI PCB?

From the look of things, HDI PCBs are creating a lot of possibilities in a wide range of industries. And it can only develop as time passes.

So, it’s a technology that you should consider—especially if you need something that will save you time and boost your efficiency. Plus, the demand for the HDI PCB increases regularly. So, we can tell that it’s promising.

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What Is the Difference between
Standard and HDI PCBs?

The standard PCBs use through-holes. So, they have a high stray capacitance and a colossal discontinuity in impedance. In other words, standard PCBs have decent signal integrity performance.

But, the HDI uses buried vias and small blind. Hence, it decreases the stray inductances and capacitances. Plus, it offers excellent signal integrity performance. Other vital differences between the standard and HDI PCB include:

  • Through-Hole PCB (Standard):
    HDI PCB
  • It has a lower component density per square inch:
    HDI has a higher component density per square inch compared to standard PCBs
  • Uses mechanical drilling:
    HDI uses direct laser drilling
  • Standard PCBs have heavier and larger boards:
    It has lighter and smaller boards with increased functionality
  • Comes with a high number of layers:
    Features a low number of layers
  • Standard PCBs use through-holes:
    HDIs use microvias, blind, and buried vias
  • When paired with low pitch packages, it faces a few compatibility problems:
    It works perfectly with low pitch packages and high pin count

Applications of
the HDI PCB

Automotive

  • Technology has pushed the automotive industries to work towards a few goals.
  • They help to improve the driving experience and to save some space in vehicles. With that said, it’s no surprise that manufacturers cling to the small-sized PCBs (HDIs) to achieve the goal.

Health Care Sector

  • HDI PCBs have revealed a lot of possibilities in the medical field. After all, HDIs plays a massive role in diagnosing diseases. An excellent example of medical equipment that uses the HDI is pacemakers.

Aerospace and Military

  • Since the HDI PCBs can withstand extreme conditions, it’s quite useful for military and aerospace applications. So, you’ll find it in strategic equipment like defense systems. And it also comes in handy for military communication devices.

Consumer Electronics

  • Your everyday consumer devices are practically a part of you. So, it doesn’t matter if it’s your VR headset, tablet, smart watch, laptop, entertainment systems, smartphone, or home appliances. All these gadgets have an HDI. Besides, the HDI is responsible for the exceptional functionality you enjoy from your device. Plus, the HDI PCBs promote portability. For instance, HDI PCBs help to produce compact electronic devices. But, as a manufacturer, it’s vital to follow the regulations with caution. That way, you’ll avoid creating designs that deter your devices’ quality.

Industries

  • Asides that the HDI PCBs can withstand extreme conditions, they consume less energy. And while that happens, it produces maximum output. That’s why this PCB is useful in industries. You can find the HDI PCB in industrial equipment like electric drills.

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