Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation announced today that its Industrial Solutions Company has commercialized R-5410, Halogen-free Ultra-low Transmission Loss Multi-layer Circuit Board Material suitable for millimeter-wave antennas. Mass production will begin in March 2021.
– Low Transmission Loss Circuit Board Material is suitable for automotive
millimeter-wave radars and 5G wireless communication base stations
– This material improves antenna performance and reduces circuit board manufacturing costs
Millimeter-wave (mmWave) is a specific type of radar technology that employs short-wavelength electromagnetic waves. Radar systems transmit signals and receive signals reflected by objects in their path. By processing the reflected signal, a radar system can determine the range, velocity and angle of the objects. Millimeter-wave radar is a key technology for automotive, telecommunications and other industries. These systems form the basis for the driving environment recognition platforms which enable advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) technology.
With the aim of achieving enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB), massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), and Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC) in 5G (5th generation mobile communication systems), wireless communication base stations also use millimeter-wave bandwidths with beamforming technologies based on massive-element antennas. The rapid adoption of millimeter-wave radar has increased the performance requirements for high-frequency circuit boards used for wireless communications. Demand has increased for multi-layer circuit board materials that exhibit low transmission loss in the millimeter-wave band.
Historically, fluoropolymer circuit board materials have been primarily used for manufacturing antenna circuit boards. However, these fluoropolymer materials are thermoplastic and can be difficult to process into multi-layer constructions. The newly developed R-5410 Halogen-free Ultra-low Transmission Loss Multi-Layer Circuit Board Material is a prepreg material made from a unique non-fluoropolymer thermosetting resin system. This new prepreg enables multi-layer antenna constructions using industry-standard circuit board lamination manufacturing processes and equipment. This feature increases the flexibility of high-frequency circuit board designs, enabling compact and high-density modules integrated with antennas at reduced material and processing costs and improving the efficiency of antenna performance.
Panasonic’s new halogen-free ultra-low transmission loss multi-layer circuit board material has the following features:
1. R-5410 has lower transmission loss which improves the efficiency of millimeter-wave band antenna signals.
- • Transmission loss: 0.079 dB/mm (@79 GHz)
(Panasonic’s conventional product*1: 0.081 dB/mm)
2. R-5410 enables multi-layer antenna constructions and improves the design flexibility of high-frequency circuit boards.
3. R-5410 reduces processing costs during circuit board manufacturing.
- *1: Panasonic’s conventional product (ultra-low transmission loss multi-layer circuit board materials, MEGTRON7 R-5785)
Millimeter-wave antenna circuit boards (e.g. automotive millimeter-wave radars, wireless communication base stations), high-speed transmission circuit boards
1. With a lower transmission loss, R-5410 improves the efficiency of millimeter-wave antenna signals.
Leveraging Panasonic’s proprietary thermosetting resin design technology, this new material exhibits excellent dielectric properties and good adhesion strength with low-profile copper foils. This combination of properties delivers the industry’s lowest level transmission loss for thermosetting resin circuit boards thus reducing signal losses and improving the efficiency of millimeter-wave band antenna communications.
2. R-5410 improves antenna design flexibility by enabling high frequency multi-layer circuit boards constructions.
This prepreg is made from a proprietary low-loss thermosetting resin. R-5410 enables the lamination construction of multi-layer boards consisting of antenna layers, in addition to the insulation bonding use of an antenna layer with other layers (such as signal layers of high-frequency circuits). The new material increases the design flexibility of high-frequency circuit boards, achieving compact and high-density modules integrated with antennas and improving the efficiency of antenna performance. Copper-clad laminates like product number R-5515, which are core materials, included in this product family, are commercially available.
3. R-5410 reduces circuit board manufacturing costs.
Since this prepreg is a thermosetting resin material, it can be processed using existing standard circuit board manufacturing equipment. It requires no special chemical solutions or processes. This reduces processing costs during circuit board manufacturing.
<Product no.> Core material: R-5515, Prepreg: R-5410
 Transmission loss
Extent to which signals that pass-through wires on printed circuit boards (transmission lines) attenuate in accordance with the material, distance, etc.
 Millimeter-wave band
Frequency range of 30-300 GHz
 Millimeter-wave radar
Sensor that detects the position/speed of an object by transmitting millimeter-wave band radio waves and receiving reflected waves from the object. Automotive millimeter-wave radar, which is mainly allocated at 76-81 GHz, is now more commonly mounted on vehicles as one of the sensors that constitute advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), a typical example of which is a collision prevention system.
 Beamforming technology
Technology that arranges multiple antenna elements and transmits highly directional radio waves in a specific direction from the phased array antenna that controls the phase of the arranged elements.
 Fluoropolymer circuit board materials
Printed circuit board materials whose insulators are made from a thermoplastic fluoropolymer (also referred to as PTFE, polytetrafluoroethylene, or fluorocarbon resin).
 Lamination manufacturing processes (Build-up method)
Method of forming a wiring layer consisting of multi-layers by laminating insulation layers (prepregs) and conductor layers (copper foils) layer by layer on a circuit board that serves as a core.
Panasonic Corporation Brand Strategy Division Corporate PR Department
Electronic Materials Business Division, Industrial Solutions Company
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