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Selective Hard Gold PCB High TG FR4 Material main board| YMS PCB

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YMSPCB hard gold PCBs are ideal for board applications across industries.Here at YMSPCB, you can find what
you exactly need in our board selection. For many years of engagement in PCB manufacturing,we can provide quality solutions for you. Furthermore,you can also customize hard gold PCB with your design, You can contact your support team to get some guides.

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The difference between hard gold and soft gold

Goldplating can be divided into hard gold and soft gold. Because electroplated hard gold is alloy, its hardness is relatively hard, and it is suitable for use in places requiring force and friction. It is generally used as PCB side contact point (commonly known as gold finger). While soft gold is generally used for COB (Chip On Board) On the aluminum wire, or the contact surface of mobile phone keys, has recently been widely used in the BGA Board On both sides.

Glass Transition Temperature (Tg)—This is an important parameter for the base material, as it determines the temperature at which the resin matrix changes over from a firm, non-elastic condition to a soft, elastic one.

The difference between hard gold and soft gold is the composition of the layer of gold that is finally plated. When plating gold, you can choose to electroplate pure gold or alloy, because the hardness of pure gold is soft, so it is also called "soft gold".

Full Body Hard Gold is generally a rarely-chosen surface finish, where the full body of the PCB board is plated with hard gold. In order to apply a Full Body Hard Gold surface finish, an electrolytic process using an electric current or an immersion process is needed, depending on the PCB design.

For Complete PCB Assembly projects, where we fabricate and assemble the boards, we will also need to consider the poor solderability of this finish; a very active flux will be required to solder effectively to the hard-gold-plated pad.

If you have any further questions about our PCB Surface Finish capabilities, or to get started on your project with YMS today, you can Contact Us over email at kell@ymspcb.com.


Layers: 8L High Tg FR4 Material

Base Material:IT180A High tg 170°


Min Holes:0.25mm

Minimum Line Width/Clearance:0.10mm/0.10mm

Minimum Clearance between Inner Layer PTH to Line: 0.2mm


Aspect Ratio:12.8 : 1

Surface treatment:ENIG+Selective Hard Gold Plating

Process characteristics: High tg,  Selective hard gold


What is high Tg PCB (printed circuit board)

Normally high Tg refers to high heat resistance in PCB raw material, the standard Tg for copper clad laminate is between 130 – 140℃, High Tg is generally greater than 170℃, and middle Tg is generally greater than 150℃. Basically the printed circuit board with Tg≥170℃, we call high Tg PCB.High TG material-selection

Hard Gold

 Usual thickness: 0.7 µm (0.00003”) to 1.3 µm (0.00005”) gold (99.7%) over 5.0

 µm (0.0002”) nickel or 0.2 µm (0.000008”) to 0.3 µm (0.00001”) gold (99.7%) over

 5.0 µm (0.0002”) nickel for a solderable surface

 Very good for corrosion resistance

 Rated at 130-220 Knoop hardness

 Very good wear resistance

 Excellent for surface rotary switches, on-off contacts, and edge connectors

 Very good shelf life

YMS High Tg PCB manufacturing capabilities:

YMS High Tg PCB manufacturing capabilities overview

Feature capabilities
Layer Count 3-60L
Available Multilayer PCB Technology Through hole with Aspect Ratio 16:1
buried and blind via
Hybrid High Frequency Material such as RO4350B and FR4 TG 180°Mix  etc.
High Speed Material such as M7NE and FR4 TG 180°Mix   etc.
Thickness 0.3mm-8mm
Minimum line Width and Space 0.05mm/0.05mm(2mil/2mil)
BGA  PITCH 0.35mm
Min mechanical Drilled Size 0.15mm(6mil)
Aspect Ratio for through hole 16:1
Surface Finish HASL, Lead free HASL,ENIG,Immersion Tin, OSP, Immersion Silver, Gold Finger, Electroplating Hard Gold, Selective OSP,ENEPIG.etc.
Via Fill Option The via is plated and filled with either conductive or non-conductive epoxy then capped and plated over(VIPPO)
Copper filled, silver filled
Registration ±4mil
Solder Mask Green, Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Black, Purple, Matte Black, Matte green.etc.



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  • What is hard gold PCB?

    The Hard Gold surface finish, also known as Hard Electrolytic Gold, is composed of a layer of gold with added hardeners for increased durability, plated over a barrier coat of nickel using an electrolytic process.

    what is hard gold plating?

    Hard gold plating is a gold electrodeposit that has been alloyed with another element to alter the grain structure of the gold to achieve a harder deposit with a more refined grain structure. The most common alloying elements used in hard gold plating are cobalt, nickel or iron

    How do you make hard gold PCB boards?

    We first plate 3 – 6 microns of nickel onto the edge connector fingers and then on top of that 1 – 2 microns of hard gold. The plated gold is not 100% pure; it contains some cobalt to increase the wear-resistance of the surface.

    What is hard gold?

    In PCB gold plating process, hard gold plating is also referred to as a plating alloy. It has been alloyed with other elements which makes it harder, whereas the soft gold plating is pure gold. Plating gold application in PCB manufacturing.

    What is gold plating in PCB?

    Gold plating: Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal through plating way. The gold particles attached to the pcb, as strong adhesion also known as hard gold. The gold finger of memory bank is hard gold and abrasion resistant.

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