Arlon Materials for Electronics (MED) is a Division of Arlon LLC, now part of Rogers Corporation (www.rogerscorp.com). Arlon MED is a major manufacturer of specialty high performance laminate and prepreg materials for use in a wide variety of PCB (printed circuit board) applications. These applications typically require laminates with specialized electrical, thermal, mechanical, or other performance characteristic that exceed those of traditional standard FR-4 materials. Decades of experience with PTFE based microwave laminates and making Polyimide & Specialty Epoxy Laminates.
Arlon's facilities in California, Delaware and Suzhou, China employ state of the art production equipment, engineered to provide cost-effective, flexible manufacturing capacity to permit quick response to customer requirements while meeting the most stringent quality and tolerance demands.
Arlon MED is comprised of 2 product groups: Electronic Substrates and Microwave Materials.
Arlon Electronic Substrates specializes in thermoset resin technology including polyimide, high Tg multifunctional epoxy, and low loss thermoset laminate and prepreg systems. These resin systems are available on a variety of substrates including woven glass and non-woven aramid.
Arlon Microwave Materials specializes in fluoropolymers (i.e. PTFE), ceramic-filled fluoropolymers, and low loss ceramic hydrocarbon thermoset laminates that deliver the electrical performance needed in frequency-dependent circuit applications.
Company’s Relevant Products as Categories:
Different Products Lines/Series (Title, expanded content, saved photo/s, link):
Electronic Substrates :
Polyimides: woven glass / polyimide laminate and prepreg materials for use where high temperature resistance is required for manufacturability, field repairability, or high temperature service environments. In addition, No-Flow prepregs are available for rigid flex applications. Leading materials:
Low Flow: Arlon manufactures a range of Low-Flow prepregs designed for a variety of heat sink and rigid-flex bonding applications. The leading products:
Thermally Conductive: ceramic-filled, woven glass / epoxy laminate and prepreg materials designed for multilayer PWBs and heatsink bonding with improved thermal conductivity over conventional FR-4 materials, yet processing like FR-4.
Microwave and RF Materials:
CLTE Series - The CLTE series products are woven-glass / PTFE / microdispersed ceramic composite laminates. CLTE offers highest Dk (2.94) Stability vs. Temperature critical for Phase Sensitive Applications. Very Low CTE Values. Excellent dimensional stability; ideal for thin core, multi-layer boards; highest degree of embedded resistor consistency in the industry. High Performance Laminates for Avionics, Radars, EW, SIGINT, CNI (Communications, Navigation, Identification), and Phase Sensitive Filters.
DK/TEMPERATURE CURVE shows the unique thermal stability properties of CLTE-XT materials
TC Series- High Thermal Conductivity, Temperature Phase Stable, Low CTE Laminates. Excellent for Heat Dissipation, reduces Junction Temperatures, improves device and solder joint reliability. Excellent for Power Amplifiers and Antennas Sensitive to Dielectric Constant changes with Temperature.
98 MHz 1100 Watts CW 78% drain Efficiency
THERMAL COMPARISON – thermal image of 25 mil laminate test circuit
AD Series: Low Loss Dielectric for Commercial RF Applications. PTFE reinforced with Commercial Grade Glass (AD250 through AD320) - Range of Dk’s (2.5-3.2) and loss (0.0018 – 0.003). These are Arlon's low cost PTFE products that nonetheless retain the frequency stable dielectric properties of Teflon.
DiClad Series: Traditional Low Loss Laminates. DiClad Series - unidirectional woven fiberglass / PTFE laminates available in a range of Dk’s (2.17 to 2.6) and loss values (0.0009 to 0.0022). Lowest Loss Products. DiClad laminates are frequently used in filter, coupler and low noise amplifier applications, where dielectric constant uniformity is critical. They are also used in power dividers and combiners, where low loss is important
CuClad Series: Cross-plied Woven PTFE/Fiberglass. Crossplied woven fiberglass / PTFE laminates available in a range of Dk’s (2.17 to 2.6) and loss values (0.0009 to 0.0022). Lowest loss products, but withcrossplying for isotropic electrical properties in-plane. The woven fiberglass reinforcement in CuClad products provides greater dimensional stability than non-woven fiberglass reinforced PTFE based laminates of similar di electric constants.
MultiClad HF: Multilayerable, lead-free solder compatible, halogen-free laminate and prepreg system for the manufacture of HF and microwave circuit boards. With a Dk of 3.7 and a loss of 0.004 at 10 GHz MultiClad is a cost effective solution for many high-speed digital and microwave applications.
50 layer design with Arlon MultiClad HF - yielded over 60% reduction in Z-Axis Expansion for this design
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