Microwave Journal

Rogers Promotes Halogen-free Laminates and Free Design Software

January 18, 2011

Rogers Corp. will be showing off some of its latest materials as well as a free design program at this year’s DesignCon® 2011 exhibition (Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, February 1-2, 2011). DesignCon, the first major electronics industry event of the year, is a key forum for specifiers of PCB materials, semiconductor devices and ICs, modeling tools, and test equipment. The Rogers’ team at booth no. 711 will be on hand to offer advice on the use of its halogen-free Theta™materials and its free MWI-2010 Microwave Impedance Calculator software.

Rogers will be presenting its Theta materials, a next-generation halogen-free laminate that addresses market needs for a lead-free assembly compatible, CAF-resistant material ideal for high-speed digital circuits. Leading PCB fabricators and OEMs have evaluated Theta laminates in some of the industry’s most challenging high-layer-count designs and it has surpassed expectations by meeting both 260°C 10X lead-free assembly conditions and successfully withstanding 0.8 mm CAF pitch conditions.

Theta materials feature a low z-axis coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 50 ppm/°C—about 30 percent lower than FR-4 for reliable plated through holes (PTH) in multilayer designs. Join Rogers at DesignCon 2011 to learn more about RoHS-compliant Theta laminates and what they offer you and your customers in your next challenging design.

The easy-to-use MWI-2010 Microwave Impedance Calculator program is available for free download from the Rogers website at >www.rogerscorp.com/acm

Supplied as an executable file that will run on any Windows-compatible personal computer, the MWI-2010 software provides quick, easy calculations of key transmission-line parameters based on the use of Rogers’ extensive lines of high frequency circuit materials.