• Superior quality RO5880
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The basic difference between RO4003 and RO5880

RO4003 belongs to the intermediate frequency PCB board. The medium in the middle of its circuit CCL is white, and it is used in the signal occasion in the intermediate frequency field.

RO5880 is a high-frequency material, the medium of which is black, and the material is PTFE polytetrafluoroethylene, which is used in high-frequency and microwave applications.


RO5880 is ideal for use in high humidity environments

The RO5880 high frequency laminate series uses PTFE composite reinforced glass fiber. These microfibers are statistically oriented to maximize the benefits of fiber gain, providing the most valuable orientation for circuit producers and end-use applications.

The dielectric constant of these high frequency laminates is the lowest of any product, and the low dielectric loss makes them suitable for high frequency/broadband applications where dispersion and loss must be minimized.

Due to its extremely low water absorption, RO5880 is ideal for use in high humidity environments.

Why use RO5880 material?

It is well known that FR-4 material is the basic standard for PCB substrates, which can achieve an efficient balance between cost, manufacturing capacity, electrical properties, durability, and performance.

But if electrical characteristics and advanced performance are the basis of your design, RO5880 is ideal for you, because it has the following advantages:

Reduce dielectric losses
Low loss electrical signal
Wide range of Dk (dielectric constant) values ​​(2.55-10.2)
low cost circuit fabrication
Low Air Release Space Application


RO5880 description

Venture manufactures RO5880 with features like superior chemical resistance. It is also designed with low moisture absorption to give you the best performance you need. Because of its advanced features, our RO5880 can be used in the following applications:

  • Stripline and microchip circuits
  • Missile guidance system
  • Commercial airline broadband antennas
  • Point to point digital radio antennas
  • Millimeter-wave applications
  • Military radar system; and more

Your Leading RO5880 Supplier in China

Venture is a trusted Chinese supplier of RO5880 for more than 10 years. Our RO5880 is a glass microfiber that is reinforced with PTFE composites.

The randomly oriented microfibers of our RO5880 result in an outstanding and uniform dielectric constant.

Aside from that, our RO5880 also has a low dissipation factor and uniform dielectric constant from its panel over a broad frequency range.

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Additionally, Venture RO5880 is manufactured with more advanced features like:

  • Low electrical loss for the reinforced PTFE materials
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Uniform electrical properties over frequency
  • Isotropic

Moreover, we designed RO5880 to be used for applications like point-to-point digital radio antennas, missile guidance systems, military radar systems, millimeter-wave applications, stripline, and microstrip circuits, commercial airline broadband antennas, and more.

Through advanced processes and the latest equipment, we can produce the best quality RO5880 that will suit your requirements, PCB needs, and projects!

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Through our competitive rates, flexible payment terms, best delivery options, and no MOQ, Venture can always bring your business and projects in the market with success!

More great deals are waiting for you if you purchase your RO5880 orders at Venture! We can offer 24/7 tech support. We also have a hardworking customer service team to give you the needed assistance. We will reply to your inquiries within 2 hours!

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RO 5880: The Ultimate FAQ Guide


This guide covers everything you need to know about RO 5880 PCB material.

Whether you want to learn about application, properties, safety, cost, or specification – all information about this Rogers PCB material is right here.

Keep reading.

What Are the Features of RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

Rogers PCB Material

Rogers PCB Material

RO 5880 PCB laminate is a composite laminate made of microfiber reinforced PTFE.

The microfibers are randomly oriented thus giving the material a very low and uniform dielectric constant.

The following are the features of Rogers 5880 PCB laminate.

  • The material’s electrical loss is the lowest among reinforced PTFE laminates
  • Isotropic
  • Absorbs very low moisture
  • Panel to Panel dielectric constant is very uniform
  • The Dk is a table over a wide range of frequencies
  • Easy to work with, that is, cut, shear and shape
  • Excellent resistance to all reagents and solvents used in plating holes and edges as well as solvents used in the etching of PCBs. Either cold or hot.

What Are the Product Specifications of RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

RO 5880 PCB material has the following specific properties:

  • A dielectric constant of 2.2
  • A very low dissipation factor of 0.0004 at 1 MHz and 0.0009 at 10 GHz
  • The thermal coefficient of the dielectric constant between -50°C to 150°C is -125 ppm/°C.
  • RO 5880 laminate’s volumes and surface resistivity are 2 X 107 Mohm cm and 3 X 107 Mohm, respectively.
  • It has a specific heat capacity of 0.96 Jg/K.
  • The Tensile modulus at 23°C and 100°C are 1070 MPa and 450 Mpa, respectively.
  • The material absorbs only 0.02% of moisture and has a thermal conductivity of 0.20 W/m/K at 80°C along the Z-axis.
  • The Coefficient of Thermal Expansion along the X, Y, and Z-axis are 31,48 and 237 ppm/°C, respectively.
  • The material’s decomposition temperature is 500°C.
  • The density is 2.2 gm/cm3 and the copper peel strength is 31.2 pli.
  • Further, RO 5880 PCB laminate is compatible with lead-free processing techniques and has a V-0 flammability rating.

What Are the Advantages of Using RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

RO 5880 PCB laminate has enhanced mechanical characteristics compared to other PTFE based laminates.

It also has the lowest dielectric constant and electric loss among the mechanically enhanced PTFE composite materials.

Other benefits include:

  • The electrical properties are uniform, and stable over a broad range of frequencies.
  • Easy to work with, i.e. cut, share, and shape.
  • Suitable for use in environments with high moisture content
  • It is very resistant to reagents and solvents used in the hole and edge plating or etching.
  • The material has an excellent establishment.

What Kind of Applications Are Best Suited for Use with RO 5880 PCB Laminates?

RO 5880 PCB laminate has a very low loss and low dielectric constant making it suitable for use in broadband or high-frequency applications.

Specifically, RO 5880 laminate is ideal for demanding microstrip and stripline circuit applications.

The material is very light in weight and also has a low density which results from the unique filler systems.

Henceforth, it is ideal for use in weight-sensitive and high-performance applications.

Some of these applications include:

  • Military radar systems
  • Antenna systems for airborne devices, equipment, and machines.
  • Feed networks that are very light in weight
  • Systems for missile guidance
  • Point-to-point digital radio antennas
  • Microstrip and strip circuits
  • Millimeter-wave applications
  • Telephone circuits for commercial aviation

Do RO 5880 PCB Materials Have any Standard Thickness?

Yes, R0 5880 PCB laminate has the following standard thickness and the corresponding dielectric tolerance.

The given thickness is the dielectric thickness without the inclusion of copper cladding.

The standard panel thickness and corresponding material tolerance is as below:

  • 010” ± 001
  • 020” ± 001
  • 050” ± 002
  • 100” ± 004

You can also make a special request through customer care service for custom made and non-standard material thickness.

You will get the above material thickness in the following standard panel sizes:

  • 12” X 18”
  • 24” X 18”

Similarly, you can also make special requests through customer care service for non-standard panel sizes. However, you can only request for sizes up to 24″ X 54″.

What Factors Must You Specify When Ordering RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

Always ensure that you correctly specify the following factors when ordering for RO 5880 PCB laminates.

  • The dielectric thickness and tolerance
  • The desired type of copper cladding e.g. electrodeposited or rolled copper foil
  • Weight of desired copper foil
  • The panel size
  • Any customized requirements/inclusions.

What is a Rogers RT/duroid® Laminate?

Rogers RT/duroid® laminates are high-frequency Rogers laminates fabricated using PTFE and reinforced with ceramics or random fiberglass.

These laminates are ideal for use in defense and aerospace applications requiring high reliability and superior performance materials.

Rogers RT/duroid® laminates possess very low moisture absorption, low electrical loss, loss outgassing, and a very stable dielectric constant over a broad range of frequencies.

How Does RO 5880 PCB Material Compare to FR-4 PCB Material?

RO 5880 PCB material is a superior high-frequency PCB laminate for use in high-frequency applications, unlike FR-4 which delivers the best results at lower frequencies.

High frequency PCB material

High-frequency PCB material

Consequently, the following are some of the similarities and differences between RO 5880 material and FR-4 material.

  • RO 5880 has a very low Dk value of 2.2 while FR-4 has a higher Dk of 4.5
  • RO 5880 has a moisture absorption of 0.02% while that of FR-4 ranges from 0.15 to 0.25%.
  • The decomposition temperature of RO 5880 is 500°C but that of FR-4 is 305°C
  • RO 5880 has a lower electrical loss than FR-4 material
  • RO 5880 PCB material is more expensive than FR-4 material.
  • Both materials are UL 94 flammability rated V-0
  • RO 5880 laminate’s Dk is uniform across a wide range of frequency and from panel to panel unlike the Dk of FR-4.

How Does RO 5880 compare with RO 4000 PCB Laminates?

RO 5880 material is a PTFE laminate that has been reinforced with glass microfiber while RO 4000 is a hydrocarbon/ceramic material also reinforced with glass.

Generally, RO 4000 laminate series are easier to fabricate and does not require special plated through-hole preparation like PTFE based RO 5880.

However, RO 5880 laminates have superior electrical and thermal properties.

Henceforth, RO 5880 is better suited for applications requiring critical electrical considerations compared to RO 4000 laminates.

What Are the Basic Fabrication Guidelines for RO 5880 PCB Laminates?

You should always follow the fabrication guidelines provided by Rogers Cooperation when working RO 5880 PCB material for either single- or double-sided PCB constructions.

They include:

· Surface Preparation

You should prepare the surface of the RO 5880 laminate just before drilling in a double-sided process and before the final cleaning in a single-sided process.

Wear nylon gloves and then remove the self-adhering polythene sheets and any adhesive residues accordingly.

Remove the adhesive residues by wiping the laminate’s surface with a cloth soaked in alcohol then rinse with clean water.

Use microetchants and commercial cleaners to remove copper oxides.

Avoid mechanical surface cleaning methods such as abrasive cleaning because they will cause micro-scratches in copper.

If you have to use abrasive cleaning methods, then apply the least pressure possible to avoid extensive material distortion.

  • Tooling holes

Follow standard/normal procedures to punch, drill, and rout pinning/tooling holes.

  • Drilling

Avoiding Smear

Smearing can be very problematic for PTFE composite laminates such as RO 5880.

You should use the conservative tool life and employ very tight and controlled drill parameters to avoid smear which cannot be removed.

However, you can use the vapor honing technique to dislodge the re-deposited debris.

Stack Construction

You should use phenolic composite boards that have been pressed as entry/exit material when drilling RO 5880 laminates, either individually or in stacks.

Keep your maximum stack height below 0.240 inches.

The core material and entry/exit material’s combined thickness must be below 75% of the flute length of the drill.

Drill Type

Use carbide drills to reduce the wear of the cutting edge.

You can use standard style drills that have a 130° lip angle.

To reduce re-deposited smear, use undercut drills that have 0.025” reduced flute diameter from the cutting end.

Always use new drills for optimal results.

Drill Parameters

Use optimal tool surface speed of between 150 to 250 SFM and optimal infeed rates of between 0.0015” to 0.0025” per revolution.

Maintain a retraction rate of between 400-500 IPM and change the drill bits every 12” of dielectric material drilled.


Reduce the potential risk of copper deburring by using flat, rigid, entry, and exit materials that have conservative drilling parameters.

Also, Keep the hit counts to the minimum by using new drills.

Always select chemical preparations but if you use mechanical or hand pumice scrubbing, apply minimal force to avoid distorting the laminate.

Hole Preparation

Use hydro- or vapor honing technique to remove re-deposited debris in the holes.

Ensure that you provide sufficient support because RO 5880 material is soft and can easily damage.

Treat RO 5880 laminate using either plasma or sodium treatment before depositing a conductive seed layer to prevent plating voids and poor metal adhesion.

Sodium treatments provide superior results for RO 5880 and will efficiently wet the material’s surface before depositing the metal.

Otherwise, you should only consider plasma treatment where you are going to use direct metallization instead of electrodeposited copper.

  • Metallization

Following a successful surface treatment, deposit the conductive seed layer using either electroless copper process or its alternatives at low to regular rates.

  • External Circuitization

You can use the conventional patter plates process for the following:

Photoresist Application/Imaging/Developing

Preferably, use chemical preparation methods which include Microtech and cleaners then apply the photoresists following standard processes.

Electroplating Cu & Sn/Pb or Sn

Handle your panels with care and consider using conventional electroplating techniques.

Resist Strip, Cu Etch, Sn or Sn/Pb Strip

Use standard strip solutions and etchants.

Ensure that you provide sufficient support for thin cores through the conveyorized processes.

Soldermask Application

You can use standard photo imageable solder masks because they provide sufficient adhesion.

Otherwise, use epoxy-based solder masks if it is to be selectively silver screened.

Final Metal Surface

You can use normal procedures with all final surface preparation options available.

Final Circuitization

You can rout, score, or punch the RO 5880 laminate in diverse ways depending on the desired edge quality.

Preferably, use spiral-up end mills and carbide double-fluted.

Also, use router bit design and not fishtail end.

What Storage Conditions Are Suitable for RO 5880 PCB Laminates?

Rogers PCB

Rogers PCB

You can store RO 5880 PCB laminate indefinitely under normal room humidity and ambient room temperatures of between 18°C to 30°C.

RO 5880 dielectric material will withstand atmospheric contaminants and high humidity at room temperature.

However, directly exposing the dielectric material to marine salts, sulfur oxides, and high humidity will oxidize and corrode the metal claddings.

Store the materials together with the polyethylene bags for thin cores and self-adhering polyethylene for the thick cores.

The covers will enhance protection against corrosive atmosphere.

You can either store the RO 5880 PCB laminates in the original shipping container or remove them from the shipping container and store them separately.

Storage in the Original Shipping Container

  • Store the materials as carton stacks on a flat surface and away from moving equipment.
  • Don’t exceed five carton stacks high to prevent applying excessive pressure on the lowermost carton.

Storage Out of Cartons

  • Store the panels together with the adherent and sealing polyethylene bags to protect the material against mechanical damages, corrosion, and oxidation.
  • To provide ease of access and limit the risk of damage, store the materials on edge of slotted shelves, and keep the clad surface vertical.
  • In case you cannot vertically store the laminates, then ensure that:
    • The shelves have a smooth, flat, clean surface.
    • The shelf’s surface must be larger than that of the laminate.
    • Keep the surface of the dielectric material free of debris.
    • Use soft and non-abrasive interleaving sheets to separate the laminates.
    • Maintain the shelf loading to below 50 pounds for each foot squared.

How Should You Handle RO 5880 PCB Materials?

RO 5880 is a PTFE-based material and thus more susceptible to handling damages like creases, pits, scratches, dents, etc.

Henceforth, you should follow the steps below to ascertain proper material handling.

  • Avoiding handling your panels using bare hands because the natural skin oil is slightly acidic and will easily corrode the surface of copper. Therefore, use gloves made of non-absorbent material like knit nylon.
  • In case you touch the laminates and leave behind fingerprints, then consider the steps below to remove them:
    • Dip brightly in a diluted hydrochloric acid
    • Remove the grease in methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, or in a chlorinated solvent (vapor degrease).
    • Rinse with water then dry bake at 125°C for 1 hour
    • Bright dip again
  • Remove all debris from the work surface. Also, keep it clean and dry.
  • Do not remove the polyethylene sheets and bags through the initial processing stages such as sawing, shearing, punching, and blanking.
  • Always pick your panels by two edges to avoid imparting permanent creases and material distortion. The thin cores are not strong enough to self-support.
  • Use flat carrying trays to transport your laminates between workstations during processing. Only use vertical stacks when they provide sufficient support and have slots. Also, interleave your laminates with sulfur-free and soft papers.

What Factors Should You Consider When Fabricating Multi-layer PCBs Using RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

RO 5880 PCB

RO 5880 PCB

You should consider the following factors when using RO 5880 PCB laminate when fabricating a multi-layer circuit board.

· Preparation of the Inner-layers

Use conventional etch and photoresist procedure.

Ensure that you maintain the as-etched dielectric surface to avoid the necessity of treating the surface with sodium treatment.

The adhesive system will influence the choice of a particular copper surface treatment.

· Adhesive Systems

You can use either thermoset or thermoplastics adhesive systems to bond RO 5880 multilayer PCB.

Use a thermoplastic adhesive system when your PCB electrical properties are critical and a thermoset system when the electrical properties are not as critical.

· Processing of the PCB Post-Bond

You can use the guidelines provided for processing double-sided circuits to process the outer-layer and prepare the multi-layer plated through-hole.

What Safety and Exposure Control Measures Should You Consider When Using RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

RO 5880 PCB laminate is safe for human health under normal operating conditions.

It is not classified as carcinogenic to humans.

However, machining may create dust which may cause respiratory irritation when inhaled, and mechanical irritation when it contacts the skin or eye.

Exposing the material to temperatures above the decomposition temperature will release toxic fumes that cause polymer fume fever in humans.

You don’t need to install any safety measures under normal working conditions.

For safety reasons, ensure that you always wear appropriate protective clothing to protect yourself against exposure when machining.

Use cut-resistant gloves to protect your hands and safety glasses that have side-shields to protect your eyes against dust.

Use MSHA/NIOSH approved respirators to protect yourself against inhalation of toxic fumes at high temperatures.

You should also install mechanical ventilation systems to reduce the effects of overexposure.

Install safety eyewash and showers in industrial operation areas for washing off dust in case of exposure.

Do not smoke or store smoking materials where machining and dust occurs.

  • First Aid

In the case of inhalation of fumes and dust, move to fresh air, and seek professional help on symptom persistence.

In case of eye contact with dust, use a large amount of water to flush the area for 15 to 20 minutes.

When the dust contacts the skin, remove the contaminated clothing then wash with plenty of water for 15 to 20 minutes.

How Can You Prevent Creep Formation on Your RO 5880 PCBs?

Rogers 5880 PCB

Rogers 5880 PCB

The Problem

RO 5880 has a greater Z-axis expansion compared to pure PTFE caused by the reinforcing fibers.

Though you can reduce the mismatch in bonded assemblies by clamping the board and hardware, the mismatch can still significantly affect performance.

When stress occurs in the presence of creep, thermoplastic materials might show a time-related relaxation.

The elastic recovery after removal of the stress/applied force also depends on time.

Both recovery and creep increase with an increase in temperature.

Creep can affect the attachment of hardware on the application by variation in temperatures.

A rise in temperature or decrease in temperature will either cause a maximum creep rate and increase stress or decrease stress thus leading to loosening.

Though the board’s compressive deformation sufficient for loosening to occur may be minimal, successive thermal cycles will eventually cause the material to loosen.


You can reduce the effect of creep formation by using long screws that have springs, for instance, Belleville washers’ stack.

It increases the elastic response range and reduces the hardware stiffness.

Furthermore, it minimizes the increase of stress at elevated temperatures and maintains tightness even in the presence of creep.

What Are the Properties of RO 5880 Copper Foils?

The standard copper foil for RO 5880 is ½ to 2 oz. electrodeposited copper foil clad on both sides but you can also get rolled copper foils.

The latter best befits applications with critical electrical requirements.

· Electrodeposited (ED) Copper Cladding

Electrodeposited copper foil the most conventional cladding used for RO 5880.

You will manufacture ED by depositing a solution of a specific current condition and voltage onto a slowly moving titanium drum.

You will then strip it from the drum.

ED forms a smooth and polished texture on the drum side but a dendritic ‘tooth’ grain structure on the opposite side or ‘bath side’ of copper.

Rolled Copper

The fabrication process of rolled copper follows continuous running of the copper strip through successively smaller gaps in the rolling mill.

The grain structure of rolled copper differs from that of ED and also has a smoother surface compared to ED copper.

You can enhance the smoothness of rolled copper through annealing.

The smooth surface of rolled copper makes it ideal for use in circuits with very low loss tangent.

The dissipation factor of rolled copper is lower compared to ED copper due to the ‘surface effect’ phenomenon.

Comparably, the surface of ED foil is rougher than that of rolled copper.

Henceforth, it produces longer ‘pathways’ for microwave frequencies than that of rolled copper thus exhibiting higher electrical loss.

Can You Use RO 5880 PCB Laminate for Space Applications?

Yes, RO 5880 is ideal for spacecraft applications because of its excellent thermal stability and outstanding resistance to outgassing.

What Is the Flammability Rating of RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

RO 5880 has a UL 94 flammability rating of V-0.

What is the Cost of RO 5880 PCB Laminate?

The cost of RO 5880 PCB laminate significantly varies from one vendor to the other.

Factors that will influence the cost are the dielectric thickness and tolerance, type and weight of copper foil, panel sizes, and volume of the consignment.

You can get a single piece of RO 5880 at a retail shop that ranges between US$0.10 and US$0.50.

At Venture Electronics, we offer a range of high performance Rogers materials.

Contact us today for all your RO 5880 material.

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