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PCB Design could be changed forever

Saturday 19th February 2011

Carbon Nanotubes replace Solder Pads

Recent breakthroughs in nanotechnology could change the way Printed Circuit Boards, PCBs, are made and this could start happening soon. If you either the Design PCBs or Manufacture PCBs then you will want to keep up with this new technology that uses Nanotape PCB Pads.


Here is a picture showing how the NanoTape structures differ from conventional Solder Pads. Although they look the same from the outside, the internal geometry shows the higher thermal and electrical conduction created by the Carbon Nanotubes. This can significantly help in product miniaturisation and for high power designs where both the enhanced thermal and electrical performance will improve the efficiency.

NanoTape replaces solder pads







Like all new technologies, there will be teething problems but this has the potential to overcome the Tin Whisker issues that plagued PCBs before the introduction of Lead to Solder and which have emerged again with the move to RoHS compliance and the use of Lead Free Solder.


Ray Keefe has been developing high quality and market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. For more information go to his LinkedIn profile at Ray Keefe. This post is Copyright © 2011 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

2 thoughts on “PCB Design could be changed forever

  1. Hi Sir/Madam,

    How are you? Please pardon me for my bold disturbing to mailing you.

    I searched on internet and noticed that you are working on something which needs PCBs, so I send this email to you, current we offer $60 only for the standard prototype run with 3 days turnaround, do you interested on this? I think all of your small designs are suit to this price, this will help you to save your time and money!

    Please do not hesitate to send email to me to get more informations.

    Thanks a lot of your time.

    Kind Regards


  2. Hi Ivan
    You are quite right that we work with PCBs. We design other people’s products for them and our focus is Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development and so PCB Design, PCB Layout and Prototyping are all things we do.
    However we also specialise in designing products that can be made cost effectively in Australia so that Australian Electronics Manufacturers can be profitable.

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