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This article examines the backplane connector technology for high frequency use and presents a novel concept for shielded enclosures without air vents. The experimental soldering of connections between a flexible printed circuit (flex, for short) and a FR4-board as part of a backplane connector is presented. A very high contact density is reached by soldering vias on the flex to pads on the FR4; this soldering was performed both with ordinary Sn/Pb solder material and as well with lead-free solder alloy. The solder joints were examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the electrical properties of the flex/solder joint structure were measured.
Components and Packaging Technologies, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:29 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: March 2006