Knowing how laminate/prepreg is manufactured matters. Communication starts with understanding each other. This is why board-level design engineers need to understand how PCB’s are being manufactured in much detail. Because modern high-speed designs require a lot of communication between the board designer and the PCB manufacturer.
In the course “Lee Ritchey: Stackup Design” we go into all that detail. And teach you all you need to know about the materials and processes required to build your board, so you can communicate effectively with your board manufacturer.
When we did this course in 2012 in Copenhagen for 60 engineers, Rich Pangier from Isola gave an introduction to the manufacturing of the laminates and prepregs that go into building a board before Lee Ritchey took over and gave the rest of the course.
See this short video and understand exactly how laminates and prepregs are made.
(Direct YouTube link)
In 2013 we will not have Rich in Stockholm to do this part of the presentation, but I am sure Lee Ritchey will give as much insight into the details of materials and much more. All to enhance your understanding – so the crucial communication between the board designer, the purchaser, and the board manufacturer can occur at the optimum level.
Update: All of this laminate/prepreg information is also covered in the current 3-day Signal Integrity courses we run.