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Disclosed is a method that uses the FCI USA Inc. proprietary plating system (NXT™) for plating gold finger connector areas to PCBs. Benefits include cost reductions due to less gold placed on the PCB.
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FCI NXT™ Plating System for Use on
Printed Circuit Boards
Disclosed is a method that uses the FCI USA Inc. proprietary plating system (NXT™) for plating
gold finger connector areas to PCBs. Benefits include cost reductions due to
less gold placed on the PCB.
for gold finger thickness on PCBs are limited to a minimum of 20 micro-inches.
The NXT™ plating system consists of flash gold over
amorphous nickel (AmNi) plating. The proprietary process utilizes special
chemistry and equipment. FCI is the developer and owner of a proprietary
process for electroplating electrical contacts with an amorphous nickel alloy,
now sold under the trade name NXT™. Significant technical know how and process
knowledge has been developed over the period of several years for utilization
of the technology in high speed, reel to reel applications, for interconnector
products. It has not been used for PCB plating which is a rack or tab
environment. (See Figure 1)
Some implementations of the disclosed structure and method
provide one or more of the following advantages:
The disclosed method reduces costs by placing less gold on