What is the track thickness?

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What is the track thickness?

Post by Ahmed_Shahid_Jawad » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:32 am


When designing a circuit by a microcontroller, what is preferred for the signal paths is thick or thin ??

Also oscillator paths What would you prefer to be? Thick or thin ?

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Re: What is the track thickness?

Post by inshah » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:47 pm

A method sometimes used on PCB's that must carry large currents into themselves and out again.

A piece of 16 or 14 gauge tinned bare copper is bent and laid down over top of and soldered to the copper trace, or even better, the design brings the large current wires directly to the places where they enter and leave the board.

Running such large currents through a pcb without 'cheating' is hard to do without it having a large effect on the nearby circuits.

Basically, such things are not done in the production of electronics products. They are avoided with techniques, tricks, or whatever you want to call it. You should devise a way of bringing the current to where it needs to be without running it through the PCB like all the other twisted, maze-work like, traces you are so used to seeing.

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Re: What is the track thickness?

Post by robertpeng » Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:36 pm

Track thickness depends on copper thickness of PCB, normally is 1oz(35um) or 2oz(70um)

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Re: What is the track thickness?

Post by georgesarge70 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:11 am

All I know about track thickness and width is that it can be determined on the basis of the signal characteristics, current carrying capacity required and the maximum allowable temperature rise.

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Re: What is the track thickness?

Post by RichardM » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:16 am

According to my knowledge thickness of the track is depends on how much singles and current will carry through that track. For high value current thickness of that track will be large and for small value of current track size will be small.

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Re: What is the track thickness?

Post by Nikosant03 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:41 pm

Tha trace thickness ( copper thickness) is based on the PCB specifications of your manufacturer. What you are really muust be cared about is the width of the trace. When impedance of circuit is not important to be controlled then you calculate the width based on trace current (there are many online calculators). In case of RF signals you should care about controlling the impedance and thus where trace width is taken into account.

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