The FELIOS LCP flexible substrate material developed by Panasonic minimizes transmission losses, so use of FELIOS LCP as an alternative for thin coaxial cables in high frequency wiring applications for smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers is progressing.
"The product we're introducing is a flexible substrate material that uses liquid crystal polymer (LCP). There are two unique characteristics of this material. First, compared to the polyimides that are typically used in flexible substrates, our flexible substrate material experiences very little transmission loss and second, moisture absorption is difficult. Circuit design is also simplified because there's no need to take into consideration how to decrease transmission losses resulting from moisture absorption."
The thin coaxial cable that is currently used is made of a material that exhibits minimal transmission loss, but it is expensive. Since Panasonic's flexible substrate material helps achieve low cost designs while maintaining minimal transmission losses at a level that is comparable to thin coaxial cable.
"Using the extended lamination system that is our proprietary molding technology, we were able to secure peel strength, something that is difficult to do with flexible copper clad laminate (FCCL) that uses conventional LCP."