Routers, switches, optical transmission equipment, servers, AI servers, base stations, semiconductor test equipment, probe cards, etc.
1. Panasonic has used its proprietary resin design and material compounding technologies to achieve the industry's lowest (*1) transmission loss for this class of circuit board materials - an improvement of about 30% compared to Panasonic conventional materials (*3)
Panasonic has achieved the industry's lowest transmission loss by using its proprietary resin design and material compounding technologies to enable excellent dielectric properties, as well as integrating ultra-low dielectric dissipation factor glass cloth and low-profile copper foil:
contributing to improvement in the signal processing performance of high-speed communication networking equipment. Using circuit board materials with low transmission loss improves current transmission efficiency, thus potentially reducing power lost to heat.
＜Transmission loss comparison＞
2. MEGTRON 8 exhibits excellent heat resistance and insulation reliability similar to Panasonic conventional product (*4) and is applicable for high performance, high-layer-count circuit boards.
The company's proprietary resin design and material compounding technologies feature both a high glass transition temperature and high thermal decomposition temperature in addition to heat resistance and insulation reliability . These properties ensure excellent reliability in high temperature environments, even for high-layer-count circuit boards with more than 20 layers -- such as those used in high-end servers and routers. This contributes to the stable operation of such equipment.
3. MEGTRON 8 has the same manufacturability and processability as Panasonic conventional product (*4) and can be manufactured with standard general multi-layer circuit board fabrication processes.
Differing from a fluoropolymer-based circuit board material using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a resin well known for its low transmission loss, MEGTRON 8 is made of a thermoset resin system. This means MEGTRON 8 has the same manufacturability and processability in standard circuit board processes as conventional materials offer.
MEGTRON8 is available with two types of glass cloth products.
＜Parts No.＞ Laminate: R-5795(U), R-5795(N), Prepreg: R-5690(U), R-5690(N)
-  MEGTRON
"MEGTRON" is a Panasonic's registered trademark.
Panasonic sells multi-layer circuit board materials for high-speed transmission under the "MEGTRON" brand. "MEGTRON" is an industry-leading multi-layer circuit board material for high-speed and large-capacity transmission in a wide range of fields, including high-speed communication networking equipment such as servers, routers, and supercomputers, as well as automobiles and aerospace.
In particular, MEGTRON6, which started mass produced in 2004, received "The 46th Ichimura Prize in Industry for Excellent Achievement" in April 2014 and "The 62nd Okochi Memorial Production Prize" in March 2016 as a pioneer of low transmission loss multi-layer circuit board materials used in high-end servers.
-  Transmission loss
A decrease in the intensity of an electrical signal over a given transmission length or material. The extent to which signals that pass through traces on printed circuit boards (transmission lines) attenuate in accordance with the material, distance, and other parameters. (The unit is in dB.)
-  800 GbE (Gigabit Ethernet)
A new LAN standard from the Ethernet Technology Consortium (ETC). It is the next-generation interface specification that exceeds the current fastest specification, 400 GbE.
-  bps (Bits per Second)
A unit that quantifies the amount of data (bits) that can be sent and received per second. Larger bps means it has capability to communicate data at faster speed. 112 Gbps is capable of transferring 112 Gbits of data per second.
-  PAM4 (4Pulse Amplitude Modulation)
Four-level pulse amplitude modulation method, one of the signal transmission methods.
-  Low-profile copper foil
A copper foil with an extremely low surface roughness. Since high-frequency current flows on the surface of copper foil (skin effect), the use of thin copper foil with a low surface roughness may reduce transmission loss.
On the other hand, a copper foil with low surface roughness has lower physical adhesion (anchor effect) to the base resin, so resin design is important to enhance adhesion strength.
-  Insulation reliability
Reliability against deterioration of insulation resistance in electronic circuit boards. It is generally evaluated by accelerated testing where voltage is applied under high temperature and high humidity conditions.
-  Glass transition temperature (Tg)
When a polymer is heated, it changes from a glass-like hard state to a rubber-like, soft condition. This change is called glass transition, and the temperature at which this change occurs is called the glass transition temperature.
-  Dielectric constant (Dk)
A dielectric constant is an index of the ease of polarization of an insulating substance when an external charge is applied to it. Each substance has a specific value. Because easily polarized substances tend to store electricity, hard-to-polarize substances (small dielectric constant) are better for efficiently sending electrical signals. The dielectric constant is defined as the ratio relative to that of a vacuum.
-  Dielectric dissipation factor (Df)
A dielectric dissipation factor indicates the degree of electrical energy loss inside the insulating material. The smaller the dielectric dissipation factor, the smaller the electrical energy loss and the lower the transmission loss of the electrical signal.
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