Single Sided PCBs contain only one layer of conductive material and are best suited for low density designs. Single sided PCB’S have been around since the late 1950s and still dominate the world market in sheer piece volume. Single-sided printed circuit boards are easily designed and quickly manufactured. They serve as the most cost effective platform in the industry.
How Are Single Sided PCBs Made?
One thin layer of thermally conductive but electrically insulating dielectric is laminated with copper. Soldermask is usually applied on top of the copper.
Benefits of Single Sided PCBs
- Ideal for simple low-density designs
- Lower cost, especially for high volume orders
- Lower probability of manufacturing issues
- Popular, common, and easily understood by most PCB manufacturers
Although Single Sided PCBs are relatively simple, they can still be used in very complex devices:
- Power supplies
- Relays (automotive and industrial)
- Timing circuits
- Sensor products
- LED lighting
- Radio and stereo equipment
- Packaging equipment
- Coffee makers
- Vending machines
- Solid state drives
- Camera systems