AT&S Press Release

AT&S Press Release

AT&S Press Release: Rice-sized innovation

27 Oct 2020

With the help of a super thin AT&S PCB substrate, LG Innotek developed the world’s smallest Bluetooth module

Leoben, 27.10.2020 – The South Korean high-tech company LG Innotek recently announced the development of the world’s smallest Bluetooth module for communications and Internet of Things applications.

The heart of this module consists of a super thin PCB substrate (250µm), developed and manufactured by the Austria-based market leader for high-end interconnection solutions, AT&S, in its location in Chongqing, China. By applying the sophisticated anylayer technology with stacked micro vias from top to bottom, it was possible to achieve the LG requirements in terms of package density for this Bluetooth module.

“One of the main challenges in the project is the handling of such super thin and small substrates during the entire manufacturing process”, Wolfgang Brandl, AT&S Director Sales explains. “It requires the most advanced PCB manufacturing equipment which are installed in our brand new facility in Chongqing, China, Brandl says. Additionally, such modules require new material developments with a super low coefficient of thermal expansion similar to silicon to ensure best in class reliability and manufacturability of the module. “All these shows the excellent technology development of AT&S in terms of miniaturization and modularization and gives us confidence that we are well prepared for future requirements”, Brandl says.

The entire Bluetooth module conforms the size of a grain of rice and includes more than 20 single components like resistors, inductors and a communication chip. The module could be used for wireless earphones, smart lighting solutions, hearing aids or continuous glucose monitoring, for example.

“I am proud that one of our innovative interconnection solutions helped to realize this benchmark product from LG Innotek, AT&S CEO Andreas Gerstenmayer says. “This is another proof for the innovation capacity of AT&S and the dedication our team is working on next generation interconnection solutions.”

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AT&S is a leading manufacturer of high-end printed circuit boards and IC substrates. AT&S industrialises leading-edge technologies for its core business segments Mobile Devices & Substrates, Automotive, Industrial and Medical. AT&S has a global presence with production sites in Austria (Leoben, Fehring) and plants in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai, Chongqing) and Korea (Ansan near Seoul). The company had roughly 10,000 employees in the financial year 2019/20. For further information please visit www.ats.net