Manufacturers and marketers of many of today’s cutting-edge electronic devices often flaunt the type or specific name of the microprocessor that powers the device. Marketing communication and display panels boast of the speed, reliability and capability of the hot and new microchip that consumers get when they purchase a computer, a smartphone, or a handheld device.If a potential buyer of one of such products were to look at the internal hardware of these devices, he would surely not see just the microprocessor everyone is talking about.
Advantages Of Printed Circuit Board Are As Follows:
In fact, he might not even see the microprocessor upon first glance, as he would be distracted and diverted by the clutter of electronic components and connectors attached to the product’s printed circuit board. If the microprocessor is the superstar among the many team players who make the electronic device work, the main board is the structure and organization of the team, itself.
This circuit board, often referred to as the “mother board” or the “main board” is the big picture that makes sense of the functions of each component in the device – allowing all of them to work together to enable the device to function as it was designed to. This printed circuit board is not typically something that people can just buy off-the-shelf to provide electronics solutions; rather, it is a vital piece of technology that needs to be designed for the specific purpose of the electronic device.
An electronics manufacturing firm can produce and distribute a microprocessor intended for devices like laptop computers without manufacturing the actual computer. A number of computer companies can, then, acquire these chips from the electronics manufacturing firm, and build their own laptops using these chips as the central processing unit of each computer.
While the power of this chip determines the power of the computer that one can build with it, the actual features, abilities and cost of the computer are determined by the design and layout of the printed circuit board developed by the computer company for the specific products they wish to manufacture.
A printed circuit board gets its name from the thin layer of conductive material, like copper, that is printed or etched on the surface of the board to provide links between various electronic components so that they work together as electric circuits. Apart from the main microprocessor, the board contains hardware like transistors, switches, diodes, transformers, resistors, capacitors, heat sinks, speakers, batteries, and a variety of connectors.
The connectors enable the mother board to receive power from the power supply and allocate the correct electric current to various devices like data drives, and the like. They also admit data between storage or input devices and the mother board.
Data and electric current travels between components soldered or fastened on the mother board through the conductive circuit patterns printed on the surface of the board. While a rudimentary printed circuit board accomplished this through a thin layer of copper on one side of the board, other applications call for two-sided boards, and still others for multiple-layered boards.
In fact, the more advanced compact devices that are becoming popular among consumers in all parts of the world utilize extremely complex and amazingly miniaturized circuit boards that are truly impossible to produce without highly sophisticated design and manufacturing technology.
For this reason, manufacturers of electronic products usually prefer not to reinvent the wheel when sourcing the printed circuit boards needed in their devices since the required investment in having one’s own board design and production capability is prohibitively large. Such manufacturers prefer to have their boards developed and produced by third party contract manufacturing firms that have already made such investments.
The practice of outsourcing difficult manufacturing processes is what makes most present-day electronic devices truly international products. It also allows costs to be lowered; thereby, making these products accessible to more people.