No matter how fancy an item may be or how good the materials were used in manufacturing it, the item will always have advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to FPC connectors as well as FFC connectors, there are similar advantages and disadvantages that you should know about. Aside from that, the applications of FPC connectors and FFC connectors are numerous.
Advantages of FPCs
- Has incredible potential to replace numerous rigid boards as well as connectors.
- Ideal for dynamic and high-flex applications due to the single-sided circuits.
- FPCs are stacked in varying configurations.
- Due to rigid PCBs, the cost might increase over time.
- Because of specific handling and usage there are higher risks for damages.
- It’s a lot more complicated and difficult to assemble compared to the traditional round wires.
- Repair or even rework is extremely difficult, if not impossible.
Flexible Printed Circuits or FPC Connectors are typically used in connecting numerous applications that require enhanced flexibility, less space consumption or any production constraints that may limit the service available to the rigid circuit board and hand wiring. One of the most common application of the FPC circuit would be in computer keyboards since majority of keyboards make use of the circuits for their switch matrix.
Regarding LCD fabrication, glass is the substrate. If thin flexible plastic is used, or even metal foil instead of the glass, then the whole system can become flexible. The film placed on the substrate can be incredibly flexible. Industrial and medical devices also have many uses for the connector, especially on items that require tons of interconnections while maintaining a compact size. Widespread examples of these flexible circuits are cellular telephones; of course included in the list are cameras, calculators, exercise monitors and the like.