Looking for impedance experts

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by ACE-PCB, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. ACE-PCB

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 3, 2015
    I have been getting conflicting information in regards to a impedance question I have.

    The question is simple.

    Can the assembly process GREATLY effect the impedance?

    I have been told that at worst case the assembly process could cause a .5 to 1 ohm difference.

    I was also told that it could greatly effect the impedance 5 ohms or more.

    I agree that the assembly can effect the impedance, what I don't know is by how much, what is common / average, what is extreme or uncommon.

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    Assembly of what?
    Why is 5 ohms a lot of difference?

    That said, I can make half a dozen nice, clean, mechanical connections without getting an ohm in the circuit.

    You have, "sloppy"? Check the assembler, not the assembly.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2015
  3. ACE-PCB

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 3, 2015
    A PCB was designed and fabricated as 100 ohm imp. +/- 4 % The coupons passed perfect, actually around 2%. The PCB was delivered and assembled. When the impedance test was ran on PCB it came out around 6-8%.

    That's when I was told that assembly could effect the impedance and is likely what happened here. This is hard for me to accept as true. Like I said I understand the assembly process can effect the impedance I just don't feel it should have that big of an effect. However I don't know, that's why I am asking.

    This is an RF PCB built on Rogers 3003 material.
  4. wmodavis

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    What frequency does the circuit in question operate at? Think that might be important?
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  5. kubeek

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 20, 2005
    Apart from the operating frequency, could it also be that the connector or design is flawed? Did you manufacture this board before?