Rogers 4003 PCB

What is the difference between Rogers 3003 PCB and Rogers 4003 PCB?

1. The temperature management of the two PCB is different. Rogers 4003 has better thermal control performance, it has higher thermal voltage or gravity.

2. The production costs of the two PCBS are also different. Rogers 3003 is cheaper than Rogers 4003

3. The two Rogers laminates have different mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. As you browse through the data sheets for both materials, you’ll see the different properties between the two PCBS.


Will thermal expansion of Rogers 4003 material affect its operation?

Since the Rogers 4003 operates on a welded mechanism, its thermal expansion greatly affects its operation.

The quality of Rogers 4003 material also depends on thermal expansion. The properties of Rogers 4003 material are affected by each degree Celsius increase.

Therefore, the thermal expansion of Rogers 4003 can only be determined by examining the coefficient of thermal expansion. And the thermal expansion of the substrate must be lower than that of copper.

How to choose the best manufacturer for Rogers 4003 PCB?

1. Processing manufacturers must have sufficient supply of high-quality raw materials to meet customer needs.

2. The processing manufacturer of Rogers 4003 must provide strong technical support. Venture’s team of engineers are highly experienced, all of whom have been engaged in the PCB industry for more than 10 years, and have successfully completed rogers PCB orders of $1 million per month.

3. The Rogers 4003 processing manufacturer you choose must have sufficient experience in Rogers related fields. The experience of the manufacturer speaks to the efficiency and reliability of the product. So your first choice should be a manufacturer with 10 or more years of experience. And Venture will be one of your best options.


Rogers 4330 PCB

Venture Electronics is a manufacturer and supplier of high-tech products that can offer high-frequency Rogers circuit board manufacturers with competitive prices.

The RO4003 material can be removed with conventional nylon brushes. No special treatment is required prior to copper plating without electricity.

Your Leading Rogers 4003 PCB Supplier in China

Rogers 4330 PCB

Venture Electronics manufacture and supplies high-frequency Rogers 4003 PCB worldwide.

We manufacture the highest quality and high-frequency Rogers 4003 PCB for different application uses. Venture Rogers 4003 PCB is widely used for:

  • RF identification tags
  • Spread spectrum communication system
  • LNB’s for direct broadcast satellites
  • Microstrip and cellular base station antennas and power amplifier

As a leading manufacturer, we can design a Rogers 4003 PCB with some unique features. Our Rogers 4003 PCB is not-PTFE. It has an excellent high-frequency performance due to low dielectric tolerance and loss.

Venture Rogers 4003 PCB has stable electrical properties, low thermal coefficient of dielectric constant, low Z-axis expansion, low in-plane expansion coefficient excellent dimensional stability, and volume manufacturing process.

Our Rogers 4003 PCB possesses the properties needed by RF microwave circuit designers.

Venture Rogers 4003 PCB design engineers had always focused on the important aspect of Rogers 4003 PCB:

  • Optimized cost and RF/Microwave performance
  • Compatible with FR4 fabrication including multilayer PCB constructions
  • High thermal conductivity for improved thermal management over traditional PTFE materials
  •  Robust lead-free solder processing compatibility

From production and material development, circuit fabrication to final component assembly, Venture Electronics design engineers have full experience in fabricating a wide array of Rogers 4003 PCB.

Venture Electronics has trusted by most electronic engineers throughout the world. Thus, Venture is the perfect place for your Rogers 4003 PCB needs.

Make Venture Electronic your best Rogers 4003 PCB partner in China. At Venture, we can answer any Rogers 4003 PCB questions, kindly contact our professional team for inquiries.

Rogers 4003 PCB: The Ultimate FAQs Guide


In this guide, you will find all information you are looking for about Rogers 4003 PCB.

Whether you want to learn about features, design, uses or fabrication process, everything is right here.

Let’s dive right in.

Why is Rogers 4003 PCB a High-Frequency Material?

A high-frequency PCB is one with a specialized electromagnetic frequency and used for an application that needs frequencies above 300MHz.

Roger 4003 PCB has the following properties which make it suitable for use in high-frequency applications:

  • Low dielectric tolerance and loss
  • Low dissipation factor,
  • High resistance to heat and
  • Similar expansivity to that of copper foil
  • Low water absorptivity
  • Low electric noise

Rogers 4003 PCB

Rogers 4003 PCB

What are the Features of Rogers 4003 PCB?

A Rodger 4003 PCB is a PCB fabricated using woven glass reinforced with ceramics/hydrocarbon.

Roger 4003 PCB possess the following key features:

  • Stable electrical properties
  • The dielectric tolerance and loss are very low making it suitable for applications demanding high-frequency performance.
  • The thermal coefficient of the dielectric constant is low.
  • Low Z-axis expansion
  • In-plane expansion coefficient is low.
  • Easy to manufacture in large quantities
  • Good dimensional stability
  • It has a high glass transition temperature.

How does Rogers 4003 PCB compare to Isola PCB?

Both Rogers 4003 PCB and Isola PCB are designed for use in high frequency, high-performance applications.

Though Isola PCBs are fabricated using copper-clad laminates and prepregs, Roger 4003 PCB is constructed using woven glass reinforced with hydrocarbons/ceramics.

You will use both PCBs for high-end consumer, high volume performance and performance-sensitive applications.

Isola PCB

Isola PCB

What is the difference between Taconic PCB and Rogers 4003 PCB?

The main difference between Taconic PCB and Roger 4003 PCB is the material of construction.

Taconic PCB is fabricated from laminates and fabrics made from PTFE and coated silicone.

On the other hand, Roger 4003 PCB is constructed using woven glass that has been reinforced with ceramics or hydrocarbons.

However, both the Taconic PCB and Roger 4003 PCB are designed for high-performance applications.

They are both characterized by low Z-axis, low dielectric constant and thermal stability.

Taconic PCB

Taconic PCB

When should you use Rogers 4003 PCB and not Arlon PCB?

You can use Roger 4003 PCB in systems and applications that require the use of halogen-free lamination material.

On the contrary, you cannot useArlon PCBson such applications because they are fabricated using PTFT which utilize fluorine as one of the manufacturing ingredients.

Arlon PCB

Arlon PCB

How does Nelco PCB compare to Rogers 4003 PCB?

Both Nelco PCB and Rodger 4003 PCB are high performance, high-speed PCBs suitable for applications requiring high thermal and mechanical reliability.

Though Roger 4003 PCB only utilize woven glass reinforced with ceramics/hydrocarbons, Nelco PCB can be fabricated using a wide variety of materials.

The materials include High-Tg, FR-4, high-speed epoxy, polyimide, BT and cyanate ester.

Nelco PCB

Nelco PCB

Where can you use Rogers 4003 PCB?

You can use Rodger 4003 PCBs in numerous application that requires high frequency and high-performance PCBs.

Some of the common uses of this type of PCB include:

  • Power amplifiers and antennas in cellular and microstrip base stations.
  • Construction of LNBs for use in direct broadcast satellites
  • Communication systems for spread spectrum
  • Tags for RF identification.
  • Sensors and radar for automobiles
  • RF modules
  • Video transmission gear
  • Analogue transmitter
  • Automatic gate inductions etc.

What is the Dielectric Constant of Rogers 4003 PCB?

A dielectric material of a PCB is the material used as the insulating layer of a PCB and should possess low electric conductivity.

These materials can either be certain metal oxides, glass, mica, porcelain or plastic.

Similar to other Roger PCBs, Roger 4003 PCB has a low dielectric constant because the construction material, RO 4003 C that has a low loss and tight control over on the Dk.

A material with a low dielectric constant loss will lose very little heat energy, thus also being the most effective.

The dielectric constant of a Rodger 4003 is divided into process dielectric constant and design dielectric constant, the latter preferred for constructing a PCB.

The Dkprocess specification of Roger 4003 PCB is 3.38 +/- 0.05 while Dk design is 3.55 +/- 0.05

Rodger 4003 PCB will less likely suffer any dielectric breakdown.

The breakdown happens when the material suddenly starts conducting current as a result of the intense electrostatic field brought about by a surge in the voltage across it.

What are the Benefits of Rogers 4003 PCB?

You will reap numerous benefits from using high quality and high-frequency Rodger 4003 PCB fabricated for demanding applications.

These benefits include:

  • Compatible with processes and materials like FR-4 which lower the cost of production
  • Well suited for demanding, high volume and performance-sensitive application.
  • Suitable for fabricating multilayer boards
  • Optimized and competitive costs
  • Utilize robustly and lead-free solder processing techniques
  • Has improved thermal management as a result of high thermal conductivity compared PTFT based PCBs
  • You don’t need any special handling or through-hole compared to PTFT based PCBs
  • Ideal for applications requiring higher operating frequency
  • You can easily use it to fabricate hybrids of mixed dielectrics and multilayers
  • Suitable for use in applications that are very sensitive to temperature
  • Yields high production
  • Has reliable plated through holes

Are there Limitations of Rogers 4003 PCB?

Despite its superior performance for a high-frequency application, Roger 4003 PCB also has some limitations.

The most notable downside to this type of PCB include are:

  • Since the PCB is constructed using hydrocarbon-based material, it is susceptible to changes in dielectric properties when exposed to oxidative environments for prolonged periods.
  • Roger PCB don’t have flame-retardant materials and easily burn when transported at very slow speed or applications enclosed in an infrared unit that experiences temperature surge of up to 371°C.

What are the Standards Specifications of Rogers 4003 PCB?

Some standard specifications of a conventional Roger PCB include:

  • Low dielectric constant of 3.38 +/- 0.05
  • Dissipation factor of 0.0027 and 0.0021
  • The thermal coefficient of +40 ppm/C
  • Tensile strength of 141 (20.4) MPa (Kpsi)
  • Dimensional stability is less than 0.3 mils/inch.
  • Coefficient of thermal expansion is 11, 14 and 46 ppm/C along with the X, Y and Z coordinates.
  • Transitional temperature is higher than 280C DSC.
  • Material density of 1.79 gm/cm3

How do you use Solder Mask on Rogers 4003 PCB?

Solder mask is made of a thin layer of polymer that prevent the copper conductors from getting oxidized.

It also prevents short circuits in the PCB.

You should note that the use of a solder mask is not mandatory for Roger 4003 PCB.

Despite the provision of protection to the PCB, the solder mask can also negatively affect the performance of higher frequency PCBs.

You can use solder masks to protect PCB areas that do not need any final plating finish.

The PCB conductor thickness, components to be attached, via holes and current density determines the specifications of the solder mask of choice.

You can use the liquid form, or dry (film) form solder mask.

However, the liquid form has superior and practical surface coverage on 3D surfaces.

The use of a solder mask does not necessarily enhance the performance of the PCB but brings its additions such as low moisture absorption and high dissipation factor.

A good solder mask should possess the following characteristics:

  • High adhesion
  • High electrical insulation
  • The resistance to all forms of plating should be high.
  • Longer shelf life
  • Excellent heat resistance
  • Comply with the halogen-free specifications

You should note that the colour of a solder mask can slightly influence the Df and Dk of the PCB laminate in performance-sensitive applications.

For good results, ensure that you thoroughly clean the surface of the Roger 4003 PCB before applying the solder mask.

How do you Produce Rogers 4003 PCB?

You can fabricate a Roger 4003 PCB by following the procedures below.

PCB layout

PCB Layout

· PCB Layout

Organizing and inspecting your Roger 4003 PCB design should be your first step in fabricating the PCB.

If you are making a homemade PCB, then you can print the PCB design created using CAD software on a piece of paper and transfer it on a copper-clad laminate.

For largescale factory production, you photocopy the design and print it on a film.

Arrange the photocopied pieces in the order in the case of multilayered PCB.

Align the printed PCB by aligning the holes followed by the materials for fabricating each layer as per the hole alignment.

· Production of the Core Board

You will begin core production by transferring the inner PCB layout.

First, construct the two most inner core layers.

Clean the copper clad layer, place a photosensitive film on the surface then expose it to light for curing and formation of a protective layer over the copper foil in the copper clad.

Insert the copper clad boards and PCB layout films into the upper layer of the PCB layout.

It accurately stacks the upper and lower PCB layout films.

· Inner Core Plate Etching

Use a strong base such as NaOH to etch away the unwanted copper foil then tear off the cured photosensitive film to required PCB layout copper foil.

· Punching and Inspecting the Core Plate

This step makes holes on the core board then aligns them facilitate compatibility with other materials to be attached.

An automatic machine inspects by comparing the pressed PCB to the original drawing and checks for any errors.

You have completed the first two layers.

· Laminate

You will need a prepreg during this stage.

It is a core and core board and binds the outer layer of the copper foil and the core board.

It also acts as an insulation material.

Alignment of holes and lower iron plate helps fix the layers of prepreg and lower layer of copper foil.

Place the prepared core plate on the alignment hole, followed by the two layers of prepreg, copper foil layer, and finally cover the core with a layer of pressure-bearing aluminium plate.

Use a machine to compress the stack up and which also fixes them using nails.

Transfer the compressed PCB to a vacuum hot press which laminates by holding the copper foil and core under pressure and melting the epoxy.

Remove the covering aluminium foil and iron plates to remain with a PCB covered with smooth copper foils.

· Drilling

Drilling helps connect different layers of the PCB.

You drill down a perforation hole from the top layer of the PCB to the bottom layer then metalize the hole to make it conduct electricity.

Using X-ray drilling machine helps align the drilling to the holes in the core board, ensuring the next drill hole goes through the centre of the hole.

You can place several similar PCBs and drill simultaneously since the process is very slow.

· Copper Chemical Precipitation of Pore Walls

It is a machine controlled process and necessary for connecting the walls of PCB using 25-micron size copper film.

Using chemical deposition, cover the hole with a conductive layer then spread a 1-micron copper film to cover the entire PCB surface plus the hole.

What are the Surface Finishing Options available for Rogers 4003 PCB?

Surface finishing ensures that your Roger 4003 PCB is protected from degrading environmental conditions.

It also provides a smooth surface for the attachment of other components.

Different types of PCB surface finishing significantly vary in costs, flatness, shelf life and reliability.

They also differ on the benefits they bring aboard, and their efficacy is application dependent.

You can use either of the following surface finishing techniques on your Roger 4003 PCB depending on the requirements of your application.

  • Electroless-nickel-palladium-immersion gold (ENIPIG)
  • Organic surface protectants (OSP)
  • Electroless-nickel-immersion gold (ENIG)
  • Solder mask

Can you make Multilayer PCB with Rogers 4003 PCB?

Yes, you can make a multilayered Roger PCB.

Depending on your system requirements, you can have your multilayered PCB fabricated with pure Roger 4003 laminate or have a hybrid Rodger 4003 + FR 4 PCB.

The combination yields a high-performance PCB that is less costly compared to all layered Roger 4003 PCB.

Ensure that you place the signal on the Rodger PCB core rather than on the prepreg.

How does Rogers 4003 PCB compare to other Series of Rogers PCBs?

There isa slight difference between Rodger 4003 PCB and other series of Roger PCBs in performance and parameters.

Compared to a closely related product Roger 4350B PCB, designed as a drop-in replacement for 4003 materials, there are minimal differences in performance.

However, the most significant difference comes in UL 94V-0 flame retardant certification.

While Roger4350 PCB is certified for UL 94V-0 since it uses flame retardant technology that is compliant to RoHS, Roger 4003 PCB is not UL 94V-0 rated.

It will burn when exposed to too high temperatures.

However, Roger 4003 PCB is constructed using an environmentally friendly material that is halogen-free compliant than Rodger 4350B PCB.

How does Rogers 4003 PCB compare to FR4?

The main difference between Roger PCB and FR 4 PCB is the material of construction.

Whereas Roger 4003 PCB laminate is constructed using a RO 4003 material that is composed of woven glass reinforced with hydrocarbon.

FR 4 comprises woven fibreglass that has been bonded by a flame-resistant epoxy resin.

Other notable differences include:

  • Roger 4003 PCB cost higher than pure FR-4 PCB
  • Roger 4003 PCB has superior performance for applications requiring higher frequency.
  • Roger 4003 PCB has a lower Df than FR 4 PCB and will experience a minimal signal loss than the later.
  • Roger 4003 PCBs has lower variation than FR 4 PCBs and therefore ideal for temperature-sensitive systems that require strict temperature management.
  • The transition temperature of Roger 4003 PCB is greater than 280°C compared to FR 4 PCB whose transition temperature range from 135°C to 180°C

How much does Rogers 4003 PCB Cost?

The retail price of Roger 4003 PCB significantly varies to the size, number of layers, specifications like the type of surface finish, and application, among other factors.

The cost will also depend on the quantity you are purchasing, and you are likely to receive a higher discount when you order a large number.

The PCBs will cost as little as $1.10 to above $50.0 per piece.

Before ordering, check to see the minimum quantity you can order from the supplier.

What are the PCB Fabrication Guidelines for Rogers 4003 PCB?

You can use the guidelines outlined for the fabrication of RO 4000 series PCBs while constructing Rogers 4003 PCBs.

They include:

· Drilling

You should use entry and exit materials that are rigid and flat to lower effects of copper burrs.

Ideal entry material can be a rigid composite board or aluminium while a standard exit material can have or lack aluminium cladding.

Ensure that the thickness of the material you are drilling is less 70% the flute length.

Avoid using chip lead less than 0.05mm and surface speed exceeding 500 SFM.

You should use the hole quality rather than tool ware to determine the useful life of the tool.

The hole roughness of RO 4003 material should not significantly increase with rising tool wear.

· Copper Plating

You should process the board using standard epoxy/glass processes and don’t apply any special treatment before electroless plating.

Remove the resins using double pass through alkaline permanganate or by use of conventional CF4/O2 plasma cycle.

· Etching/Imaging

You can prepare the panel surface for photoresist, either chemically or mechanically.

You can use semi-aqueous or aqueous photoresist.

· SolderMask

Do not mechanically scrub the exposed dielectric surface before you apply the solder mask since you can achieve maximum bonding with an “as etched” surface.

You can use any screenable type of solder mask compatible with glass/epoxy laminate on Roger 4003 PCB.


You can bake RO 4003 material at a temperature range between 121°C to 149°C for 1-2 hours.

However, take care when the process is using infrared units that can reach up to 371°C.

The RO 4003 lacks fire retardants and will burn at such high temperatures.

· Shelf Life

You can store Roger 4003 PCB indefinitely at ambient room temperature conditions between 13 to 30°C, and humidity.

Avoid high humid conditions that will readily oxidize metal claddings which are otherwise inert at lower ambient room humidity.

· Routing

You can use machine RO 4003 materials using standard conditions suitable for epoxy/glass and carbide tools.

To prevent burring, you should etch copper foils away from routing channels.

You should also maintain the maximum stack height below 70% of the flute length to ease removal of debris.

How do you Test Rogers 4003 PCB?

You should test all the parts and components of the PCB because each has an overall impact on PCB performance.

You can conduct the majority of the PCB test following standard PCB testing specifications provided by the Institute of Printed Circuits.

Some of the common IPC standards include MIL-P-50884, MIL-PRF-31032, MIL-PRF-55110, IPC-6013, IPC-6012, IPC-6016, and IPC-6018, among others.

These standards provide guidelines on testing for major PCB properties such as mechanical strength, electrical conductivity, cleanliness, and lamination-peel strength.

Other crucial properties include soldering quality, hole wall quality alignment, orientation, compatibility to target environment etc.

You can use either of the following testing techniques:

  • In-circuit testing (ICT)
  • JTAG boundary-scan
  • Flying probe test
  • Burn-in test
  • Functional test
  • Automated optical inspection (AOI)
  • Automated X-ray inspection (AXI)

Depending on your specific needs, Venture Electronics offers high performance Roger 4003 PCBs.

Contact us today for best prices of Rogers 4003 PCB.

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