TLX-0 PCB: The Ultimate RF Microwave Substrate for Demanding Applications
Welcome to our product spotlight! Today, we're thrilled to unveil TLX-0, an exceptional addition to the TLX series of laminates. Crafted with cutting-edge PTFE fiberglass composites, TLX-0 offers unmatched reliability and versatility, making it the go-to choice for a wide range of RF applications. Join us as we delve into the remarkable features, benefits, and applications of this outstanding substrate.
Unparalleled Reliability in Challenging Environments:
TLX-0 stands as a true powerhouse in the realm of RF microwave substrates, thanks to its robust fiberglass reinforcement. Let's explore some of the scenarios where TLX-0 truly shines:
- Vibration Resistance: TLX-0 boasts exceptional resistance to creep, making it the perfect fit for PCBs bolted to housings subjected to high levels of vibration during space launches or dynamic operations.
- High-Temperature Endurance: TLX-0 thrives under extreme heat conditions, making it the reliable choice for engine modules operating in demanding environments. It guarantees consistent performance even in the harshest conditions.
- Radiation Resilience: TLX-0 exhibits outstanding resistance to radiation, positioning it as the optimal solution for critical systems in space applications. It meets NASA's stringent low outgassing requirements, ensuring reliability in radiation-prone settings.
- Extreme Environment Durability: TLX-0's ruggedness extends to applications in harsh sea environments, offering reliable performance for warship antennas and other applications that demand resistance to extreme conditions.
- Wide Temperature Range Adaptability: TLX-0's ability to withstand a wide temperature range makes it an excellent choice for altimeter substrates during flights. It guarantees stability and optimal performance regardless of temperature fluctuations.
Impressive Features of TLX-0:
- Dielectric Constant (DK): TLX-0 boasts a remarkable DK of 2.45 with a tight tolerance of ± 0.04 at 10GHz. This low and stable DK enables precise signal control and impedance matching, ensuring peak performance in RF circuits.
- Dissipation Factor (DF): With an impressively low DF of 0.0021 at 10GHz, TLX-0 minimizes signal loss and maximizes efficient signal transmission. This translates to improved overall system performance and unwavering reliability.
- Mechanical and Thermal Properties: TLX-0 excels in providing mechanical reinforcement and thermal stability, offering robust support and dimensional integrity for RF microwave designs. It maintains its properties even in the most challenging operating conditions.
- Low Moisture Absorption: TLX-0 exhibits an exceptionally low moisture absorption rate of 0.02%, making it the perfect choice for moisture-sensitive applications that demand long-term reliability and consistent performance.
Benefits for Designers and Engineers:
- Excellent PIM Values: TLX-0 delivers outstanding Passive Intermodulation (PIM) values in PCBs, measuring lower than -160 dBc. This ensures pristine and reliable signal transmission, which is critical in high-frequency applications.
- Dimensional Stability: TLX-0 maintains its shape and dimensional integrity under varying conditions, ensuring precise and consistent circuit performance over time. This guarantees unwavering reliability and minimizes signal disruptions.
- Controlled DK and DF: TLX-0 offers tightly controlled DK and DF, providing engineers with predictable electrical characteristics. This enables accurate circuit design, optimization, and dependable performance.
- Enhanced Safety and Quality: TLX-0 carries a UL 94 V0 rating, indicating its remarkable fire resistance. This ensures utmost safety and reliability in applications where fire hazards must be minimized.
- Ideal for Low Layer Count Designs: TLX-0 is particularly well-suited for low layer count microwave designs, offering flexibility without compromising on performance. It enables efficient and cost-effective design solutions.
PCB Construction and Specifications:
- The TLX-0 substrate is designed for use in a 2-layer rigid PCB construction. Here are some key details:
- Board dimensions: 80mm x 40.8mm (+/- 0.15mm)
- Minimum Trace/Space: 6/7 mils
- Minimum Hole Size: 0.3mm
- Finished board thickness: 0.32mm
- Finished Cu weight: 1oz (1.4 mils) outer layers
- Via plating thickness: 20μm
- Surface finish: Immersion Gold
- Silkscreen and Solder Mask: Not applied
- 100% Electrical testing performed prior to shipment
- TLX-0 finds its application in various RF and microwave systems, including:
- Couplers, splitters, combiners, amplifiers, antennas, and passive components
- Radar systems and mobile communications
- Microwave test equipment and transmission devices
- RF components in a wide range of applications
While TLX-0 is an exceptional RF microwave substrate with numerous advantages, it is essential to acknowledge a few considerations to provide a comprehensive evaluation. Here are some aspects to keep in mind:
- Cost: TLX-0's cutting-edge features and superior performance come at a premium price point compared to conventional substrates. Designers and engineers must weigh the benefits against their budgetary constraints.
- Complex Fabrication: TLX-0's advanced composition and properties may require specialized manufacturing processes. Designers should collaborate with experienced fabricators to ensure proper handling and achieve optimal results.
- Limited Availability: As a relatively new addition to the TLX series, TLX-0 might have limited availability in certain regions or markets. It is advisable to check with suppliers regarding stock availability and lead times.
- Thickness Limitations: TLX-0 is primarily designed for 2-layer rigid PCB constructions. While it excels in low layer count designs, it may not be suitable for applications that require thicker substrates or complex multilayer PCB configurations.
- Substrate Handling: TLX-0's exceptional mechanical properties and dimensional stability require careful handling during fabrication and assembly processes. Adequate training and precautions should be taken to prevent damage or mishandling.
By considering these aspects, designers and engineers can make informed decisions when selecting TLX-0 for their specific applications, maximizing its benefits while addressing any potential limitations.
TLX-0, part of the esteemed TLX series, is the ultimate RF. We work one-on-one with customers so TLX-0 is a perfect fit, whether standard or custom. Just contact us to see how it can elevatetoughest projects to next level durability. This material was built for anything you can dream to throw at it!