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Cost-Effective Laminates for Automotive Radar Sensor Applications

February 16, 2017 by Rogers Corporation

Rogers Corporation announced the latest addition to its RO4000® Series thermoset circuit materials: RO4830™ high-frequency laminates

Rogers Corporation announced the latest addition to its RO4000® Series thermoset circuit materials: RO4830™ high-frequency laminates. RO4830 laminates offer 76-to-81-GHz auto radar sensor designers a lower-cost-but-performance-competitive option.  Rogers RO4830 laminates have a lower price point and are processed by means of standard epoxy/glass (FR-4) circuit fabrication methods, for lower overall production costs versus PTFE-based circuits.

Available in dielectric thicknesses of 0.005 and 0.0094 inch, RO4830 laminates are suited for cap layers on FR-4 multi-layer PCB designs.  The optimized resin, glass and filler content of RO4830 laminates translates to a relative dielectric constant (Dk) of 3.2 at 77 GHz, close to matching that of the PTFE-based circuit materials typically used for millimeter-wave circuits.  At 76-to-81-GHz, thin laminate insertion loss is heavily influenced by copper foil roughness, and therefore RO4830 laminates are clad with Rogers LoPro® reverse-treated copper foil to achieve very low insertion loss of 2.2 dB/inch for 5 mil laminates, as measured by the microstrip differential phase length method.

Spread glass and a filler with a smaller and more uniform particle size distribution contribute to consistent within sheet dielectric constant as well as good laser drilling performance.  The RO4830 laminates are based on the same anti-oxidant formula used in Rogers RO4835™ laminates and are more resistant to oxidation than other hydrocarbon-based laminates.

Rogers RO4830 high frequency thermoset laminates are available in standard panel sizes of 12 × 18 in. (305 × 457 mm), 24 × 18 in. (610 × 457 mm), and 48 × 36 in. (1220 × 914 mm) with 0.5 oz. (18 µm) or 1.0 oz (35 µm) reverse-treated EDC foil.


About Rogers Corporation

The Rogers Corporation is a globally leading company in the field of engineered materials for the energy supply, the protection and the networking of our world. With more than 180 years of experience in the field of materials science, Rogers offers high-performance solutions that allow clean energy supply, internet networking, safety and protection applications and other technologies in areas where reliability is of crucial importance. Rogers provides performance electrics solutions for energy-efficient motor drives, vehicle electrification, and alternative energies, elastomer foam material solutions for sealing, vibration management and impact protection for mobile devices, internal systems of means of transport, industrial equipment, and functional clothing, as well as highly developed connection solutions for wireless infrastructure, vehicle safety, and radar systems. With its headquarters in Arizona, USA, Rogers operates production sites in the USA, China, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, and South Korea, with joint ventures and sales offices worldwide.