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PCB | September 10, 2007

Global PCBs Market worth $76 bn 2012

The printed circuit board (PCB) industry worldwide will reap the rewards of the growing electronics sectors it serves, but still faces many challenges in keeping pace with rapid evolution within these same industries, a new report finds.
"The PCB industry is closely tied to the electronics and semiconductor equipment markets and is easily influenced by competition as well as fluctuations in market demand," said report author Kaustubha Parkhi. "Now it also has to meet additional technical challenges created by innovation within the industries it serves."

"Challenges are inherent to designing and manufacturing even more miniature and complex boards and meeting the escalating demands from the increasing number of pins in a chip, the growth in high speed serial data streaming technologies, and the use of bussed interfaces and clock rates higher than 400 MHZ, among other particulars. However, PCB manufacturers will keep pace and see global revenues for PCBs grow from over $50 billion in 2007 to over $76 billion in 2012."

In the just-published report, "Printed Circuit Board: World Outlook," how the industry is making these changes is presented along with case studies of success stories in attaining different PCB attributes and how these changes affect the industries being served.

Global revenues for PCBs are given for a multitude of categories such as those through 2012 for HDI/Microvia PCBs, for single, double and multi-layer PCBs, rigid, flex or rigid-flex PCBs, PCBs by end-product sector and for PCBs using substrates such as Alumina, FR4, and Beryllium Oxide, among others.

The study details how regional shifts in PCB production and usage will continue through the study period. According to the report, the Asia-Pacific region will continue to expand in PCB production as PCB revenues for the region will increase by over 60% from 2007 to 2012. "Printed Circuit Board: World Outlook," also gives PCB revenues and expenditures for North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific Region, and the rest of the world through 2012.

“Printed Circuit Board: World Outlook," examines the PCB industry today and the challenges the industry faces tomorrow in emulating the innovations and efficiency being developed by many of the end markets they serve. Challenges inherent to designing and manufacturing even more miniature and complex boards and meeting the escalating demands from increasing the number of pins in a chip, the growth in high speed serial data streaming technologies, the use of bussed interfaces and clock rates higher than 400 MHZ, among other particulars, are examined in the study.

To meet these needs, the industry is now using Microvias and High Density Interconnects as well as mixed signal hybrid circuits and utilizing more sophisticated and multipronged design and development activities. The report provides details on these market facets as well as global revenues through 2012 for HDI/Microvia PCBs and the same for PCBs categorized by the sector they are intended for, such as telecommunications, PC hardware and peripherals.
The growth of PCBs is also being largely driven by the large use of multi-layered, flexible PCBs. In the report, the growth rate and revenues for PCBs are broken down into a multitude of categories, including whether they are built on rigid, flex, or rigid-flex boards, are single, double and multi-layer and which type of circuit design, analog, digital or mixed-signal, the board is intended for. The study also examines and provides growth rates and revenues for PCBs using different substrates such as Alumina, FR4, Beryllium Oxide, BT-Epoxy, Polyimide or PTFE/woven fibreglass.

The fate of PCB industry is closely tied with that of the overall electronics and semiconductor equipment market and the industry is easily influenced by competition as well as fluctuations in market demand. The report examines these factors and gives an analysis of future growth within the industry due to these influences. PCB regional production and usage analysis of North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific Region, and the rest of the world is provided, noting the revenues brought in for PCB production in each region yearly through 2012 as well as the expenditures on PCBs for each region during the same time period. “Printed Circuit Board: World Outlook" also examines the end-product for each type of board when broken down into flexibility, substrate and signal criteria as well as the advantages and disadvantages to each type of PCB characteristic, such as the use of a single board or Alumina as a substrate, and also provides the latest on CAD and contemporary PCB design tools.

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