Our client required a Flexi-Rigid PCB with two separate thicknesses of flexi. Some components to be mounted on one portion of flexi.


  • We were unable to use solid copper planes in flexi portions as this would limit flexibility – how to maintain trace impedance through flexi sections and also ensure adequate power delivery
  • CAD tool challenges due to components being placed on different copper layers
  • Ensuring that no vias or trace direction changes occur too close to flexi/rigid board edge for design robustness reasons


  • Close working with board fabricators in China allowed us to define a suitable stack-up and ensure suitable bend radius of flexible portions
  • Define the flexi layer as using embedded components to allow component placement on an effective internal layer

Outcome and technologies

  • 8 layer rigid board with2 and 4 layer flexible portions
  • Complex sequential build allowing microvias on different layers in different areas of the board
  • Crosshatch planes in flexi portions to deliver power and allow tight enough bend radius
  • Crosshatch areas have no significant impact on controlled impedance values