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Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) which are components in modern electronic devices, consist of thin panels made of an insulating material like fiberglass reinforced with epoxy resin. These boards play a role in hosting different components and creating connections between them using conductive copper pathways. PCB designs come in shapes and sizes with options, for single, double or multiple layers.

Multilayer PCBs are a type of PCB that contain multiple layers of conductive traces and insulating material, usually more than two. Their layer from 4 to even 50 layer or beyond, with 6-layer and 8-layer PCBs being the most prevalent. These present numerous benefits over single or double-layer PCBs like enhanced functionality, sophisticated signal routing, and superlative thermal control. Multilayer PCBs are ideally utilized in scenarios demanding complex circuit designs, high-velocity communication, compact configuration, and high component density.

In multilayer PCBs, the conductive layers are separated by an insulating dielectric layer. Certain layers can additionally operate as power and ground planes. Interconnection between these layers is achieved via vias—minute apertures drilled into the board, or through either chemically coated or laser-drilled links, also known as through-hole plated connections. Progressive devices may also deploy blind vias, connecting merely a fraction of layers, buried vias, concealed underneath external layers, and microvias, a diminutive version of the through-hole connection, manufactured by laser drilling.

The fabrication of multilayer PCBs requires a complicated process that involves specialized equipment and expertise. The process includes layer stacking, lamination, via drilling, electroplating, solder masking, and surface finish. Quality control is an essential aspect of the manufacturing process to ensure the board’s reliability, functionality, and compliance with industry standards.

In addition, Multilayer 8 layer PCBs find extensive use in different industries that require advanced electronic circuitry, such as telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, medical devices, and industrial control systems, among others. Their capability to handle faster signals, more components, and high power density allows them to meet the demands of modern electronic applications

In this article, we’ll explore the features of an eight-layer PCB and the process of its manufacture, stack-up, design, advantages, disadvantages and applications.

What is 8 Layer PCB?

To excel as a PCB design engineer it’s essential to grasp the kinds of printed circuit boards. Take, for instance the 8 layer PCB, which sets itself apart from the single sided or double layer PCBs. The 8 layer PCB comprises eight layers of conductive materials with integrated dielectric material harmoniously.

One of the key advantages of an 8-layer PCB is its capability to accommodate a large routing area, which enables it to support multiple applications and power isles. The design of 8-layer PCBs ensures a durable and strong connection between all layers and offers ample routing space to the prevailing power islands to enable a more complex arrangement. By utilizing the upswings of two planes, the stack-up configuration of 8-layer PCBs considerably improves the electromagnetic compatibility execution.

The application of an 8-layer PCB is typically found in compact electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, radios, and passive switch boxes. It also finds relevance in incorporation within backplanes and motherboards as necessitated. Nonetheless, as a PCB layout engineer, cognizance of potential risks related to 8-layer PCBs is pivotal, underlining the necessity for a sound design to assure operational safety. Though its prevalence might not rival other types of PCBs, the 8-layer PCB’s use is still prevalent in an array of small devices.

Design Considerations for 8 Layer PCBs

● Stackup and layer arrangement: The stackup and arrangement of the layers in an 8 layer PCB should be carefully planned to minimize noise, crosstalk, and signal integrity issues. The designer should consider the placement of power and ground planes, signal layers, and other components.

● Routing and trace width: Routing and trace widths must be optimized to ensure signal integrity and minimize signal loss. The designer should consider the impedance of the traces and the effects of via stubs.

● Power allocation: The design of power allocation along with decoupling capacitors warrants meticulous consideration to ensure all board components receive a stable power supply. The design strategy should include careful positioning of decoupling capacitors along with the incorporation of power planes to optimize power distribution efficiency.

● Thermal management:  Adequate thermal control is vital within highly-dense 8-layer PCBs. The design approach should accommodate the strategic localization of components and heat sinks in addition to the utilization of thermal vias, thereby enhancing the efficacy of heat dispersion.

● Manufacturing constraints: The designer should consider manufacturing constraints such as minimum trace widths and clearance, minimum annular ring size, and the limitations of the fabrication process. The designer should also ensure that the design can be realistically manufactured within the budget.

● Review of Signal Coherence: It’s necessary to conduct an evaluation of signal integrity to ascertain that the design aligns with the stipulated performance norms. The designer should contemplate the utilization of resources like impedance calculators, signal simulators, and elelectromagnetic simulation software to enhance the design’s optimization.

Manufacturing Processes for 8 Layer PCBs

● Inner Layer Preparation: The initial phase entails drilling or punching holes into the substrates and preparing copper-clad laminate sheets, which will serve as the PCB’s inner layer.

● Copper layer Application: Proceeding forward, the copper foil is laminated onto the inner layer substrate in the second phase.

● Imaging and Etching: Subsequent to application of the copper layer, the circuit board pattern is imprinted onto the substrate using photographic techniques. Unwanted copper layer is then expunged via etching, leaving the circuit pattern meticulously engraved on the substrate.

● Lamination: Next, the PCB’s inner layers are consolidated with any requisite prepreg layers via lamination.

● Drilling: Subsequently, the substrate undergoes drilling for holes or vias, essential for facilitating inter-layer connectivity.

● Plating: The implemented drilling of holes or vias is followed by copper plating, substantiating seamless electrical connectivity across the different copper layers.

● Outer Layer Imaging and Etching: The exterior layers of the PCB are imprinted and etched using methods that are akin to those applied on the inner layers.

● Surface Finish Work: The PCB surface is coated with a finishing layer such as lead-free solder, immersion gold, or HASL, influenced by its destined application.

● Solder Mask and Legend Printing: A protective solder mask is printed onto the PCB to shield copper traces from corrosion and short circuits, along with a legend that identifies component locations.

● Electrical Performance Evaluation: Final, All PCB is subjected to electrical testing to verify compliance with design goals and quality standards.

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Testing and Quality Control Measures for 8 Layer PCBs

● Electrical testing: The primary control measure for 8 layer PCBs involves electrical testing, implemented to confirm their conformity to design guidelines. The predominant electrical assessments incorporated in this process span continuity checks, resistance evaluations, and impedance scrutinies.

● Manufacturing process control: An effective quality control strategy should incorporate constant observation and regulation of parameters at every stage of the manufacturing routine. This is to confirm that the manufacturing of 8-layer PCBs adheres to the predetermined design specifications. These parameters can encompass features like the breadth, positioning, and alignment of the trace, tolerance during drilling, as well as alignment between each layer.

● Visual inspection: The utilization of visual examination serves as a crucial veracity test in confirming the absence of physical imperfections, like scrapes, fractures, or impaired copper traces on the PCBs. This incorporates inspections at different junctures throughout the fabrication process. For instance, after the process of etching and plating, prior to and subsequent to the lamination stage, and before the final testing phase.

● Microscopic Examination: Utilizing microscopic inspections expands the capability to discern physical defects that may not be evident to the naked eye. This can comprise assessments of the PCB’s surface area, metallic composition, along with calculating the cross-sectional views and thickness measurements.

● Dependability Validation: The process of reliability testing encompasses subjecting the PCB to a spectrum of environmental conditions— encompassing temperature fluctuations, elevated levels of humidity, as well as vibrations. This technique aids in evaluating its operation under pressurized conditions, with a key objective to pinpoint any potential weaknesses.

● Kinetic Evaluation: This testing style encompasses the implementation of signal integrity assessments to ensure the quality of signal transmission and precise timing, coupled with susceptibility analyses. These analyses investigate the board’s response mechanism to electromagnetic interference, providing a broader picture of its overall performance.

● Component verification and testing: The responsibility falls on the PCB designer to confirm the quality and reliability of the components used in the board ensuring they work well with both the PCB itself and the intended operating conditions. Testing of components may involve checking resistance, temperature coefficients and stability.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using 8 Layer PCBs


● High Density: Enabling complex circuits and high-speed signal routing, the 8-layer PCBs deliver exceptional interconnect density.

● Reduced Interference and Cross Talk: These circuit boards offer improved signal isolation minimizing interference and cross talk among the layers.

● Enhanced Thermal Performance: The additional layers provide more space for power and ground planes, thereby optimizing thermal dispersion to cater to the considerable thermal requirements of sophisticated electronic devices.

● Flexibility: The additional layers confer a heightened flexibility with respect to component positioning and routing – an aspect that can augment overall system performance and concurrently reduce the system’s size.

● Diminished Electromagnetic Interference (EMI): The utilization of 8-layer PCBs results in superior EMI control as they effectively segregate the signal and power layers.


● Increased Expense: The complexity associated with fabricating 8-layer PCBs escalates their cost, in turn, augmenting the ultimate cost of the end product.

● Fabrication Complexity: The existence of multiple layers necessitates more manufacturing processes and lessens manufacturability, particularly pertinent to PCBs with higher layer counts that call for refined dicing, drilling, and plating techniques.

● Challenges with Signal Integrity: Despite the superior signal integrity offered by 8-layer PCBs courtesy of their enhanced isolation and diminished crosstalk, they simultaneously demand a heightened attention to signal routing and impedance control.

● Complex Design Requirements: The requirement for more intricate design tools and processes in 8-layer PCBs consequently augments design complexity, lessens flexibility, and lengthens the design process duration.

● Testing overhead: The complexity of testing skyrockets when dealing with high layer count boards, imposing an additional overhead in terms of test setup, associated costs, and debugging.

Applications of 8 Layer PCBs in Different Industries

8-layer PCBs find broad-based applications across multiple sectors that demand sophisticated electronic circuitry coupled with superior functionality. The following are prevalent usages of 8-layer PCBs across diverse industries:

Defense and space technology
Healthcare devices
Automobile industry
Machinery used in industries

JarnisTech Factory: Multilayer PCB Manufacturing Capabilities

SpecificationsMultilayer PCB Capabilities
PCB layers4 to 60 Layers
Delivery Time1 Day To 2weeks
Final board thickness0.4MM-6.0MM
MaterialsFR4, polyimide, aluminum, ceramics, PTFE
Tg (FR4 multilayer PCB)135°C~185°C
Aspect Ratio12:1
HDI stackup1+N+1, 2+N+2, 3+N+3,4+N+4
Copper thickness1/3oz-30OZ
Surface FinishENIG,Immersion Silver, Plated Gold, Immersion Tin,etc….
Impedance control5%-10%
Solder mask ColorGree, Blue,Red,Yellow,White, black..
Silk Screen ColorGree, Blue,Red,Yellow,White, black..
Quality/TestISO/CE/UL/IPC Class2 /IPC Class3

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Why Use A Standard 8-Layer PCB Stack Up?

Within the sphere of PCB designing, the utilization of single-layer and double-layer PCBs is predominant. Most project requirements are adequately met by double-layer PCBs. To evade unnecessary complications, maintaining minimalism in PCB design is recommended. Nevertheless, instances do arise where the necessity of multilayer PCB design becomes paramount, and with 8-layer stack-ups being a good practice for certain applications.

Multilayer PCBs are typically composed of three or more conductive layers, encased between the insulating core and prepregs, following the standard PCB stack-up layout. Prepregs, essentially raw insulating substances, largely FR4, are positioned atop copper layers affixed to the core.

With the miniaturization of electronic components and accelerated signal speed of electronic devices, the utilization of multilayer PCBs is gaining traction. A conventional PCB stack-up encompasses a minimum of four copper layers, ensuring ample space between the components and external layers for efficient functionality.

PCB designers incorporate multilayer PCBs to enhance signal reliability. In a typical 8-layer PCB stack-up layout, the signal layers are segregated by ground and power planes. This segregation reduces crosstalk among signal layers, thereby boosting overall signal reliability.

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Here is a visual shows the process of creating an 8 layer PCB stack up:

Standard 8 Layer PCB Stack Up 1.0MM And 1.6MM
              Standard 8L Stacks Up To 1.0MM                        Standard 8L Stacks Up 1.60MM

Standard 8 Layer PCB Stack Up 2.0MM And 2.4MM

     Standard 8L Stacks Up To 2.0MM                                   Standard 8L Stacks Up 2.4mm.

Standard 8 Layer PCB Stack Up 3MM

                                                             Standard 8L Stacks Up 3.0mm.

The aforementioned image outlines the design of creating an 8-layer PCB stack-up. This particular design of an 8-layer PCB stack-up is formulated considering top-tier manufacturing attributes, thereby assuring premium product quality while maintaining cost-effectiveness. For PCB assemblies involving circuits with 8 or more layers, utilising Tg170 laminate material is desirable in order to circumvent possible quality discrepancies during the assembly process.

The standard 8 layer stack-up should includes copper layers with a thickness of 1 ounce each making it an ideal choice, for manufacturing multilayer PCBs.

Additionally, we extend the opportunity for patrons to opt for a personalized stack-up or impedance-controlled 8-layer circuit board. Orders for stack-ups with a copper thickness of 2oz or greater can also be accommodated by reaching out to us at [email protected].

Our primary is our unwavering commitment to delivering superior PCB circuit boards that precisely align with our customers’ unique specifications and demands. We warmly invite you to connect with us for any questions or concerns and assure you of our fullest support in helping you choose the most optimal PCB stack-up configuration tailored to your individual requirements.

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Raw Materials Choices for 8 Layer PCBs

In the process of fabricating Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), raw laminate emerges as a significant and costly component for multilayer constructions. The eventual expense and delivery schedules of PCBs are primarily influenced by the availability and price of raw laminate. As these Circuit boards necessitate a considerable amount of materials, it’s crucial to perfect the scaling of designs. After all, even minor size adjustments can wield a substantial impact on the pervasive cost.

When evaluating the attributes of various laminates, multiple characteristics demand consideration. These encompass the glass transition temperature (Tg), decomposition temperature (Td), Dielectric Constant (Dk), and Dissipation Factor (Df).

● Tg denotes the temperature point at which the substance transitions from a rigid, vitreous state to a supple, rubber-like state.

● The Td is the temperature at which the laminate chemically decomposes. Conversely, Dk acts as a gauge of the relative permittivity of an insulating material, exemplifying its capacity to conserve energy within an electrostatic field.

● Lower Dk values are preferred for insulation purposes, although higher Dk values may be more desirable for RF applications.

● Finally, Df indicates material efficiency by displaying energy loss for specific modes of oscillation, such as electromechanical, mechanical, or electrical.

Since our fabrication facilities are located in China, we recommend using high-quality, locally sourced laminates to reduce shipping costs and time. For high-performance, mid-Tg laminates, we generally prefer Shengyi S1000-H (Tg 150) laminates. This laminate brand is of similar quality to Isola FR406 (Tg 150), one of the standard North American laminates. FR406 may offer slightly better efficiency in terms of Dk and Df, although clients are welcome to negotiate price and lead time to find a more suitable option.

S1141FR406S 1000-HFR406S1000-2FR406IT1 80A370HR
Td (TGA @ 5% weight loss )N/A300N/A300N/A300350340
Dk (50% resin @ 2 GHz)4.23.934.383.934.283.934.34.04
Df (50% resin @ 2 GHz) RoHS0.0150.01670.0150.01670.0170.01670.0150.21

If the specific material required for PCB production, such as Rogers, Teflon, Isola, YENYO, TaconicPanasonic, or Ceramic, is not in stock, we can still obtain it for our clients. However, there may be a slight delay in delivering the laminate. Alternatively, clients can choose to provide the materials themselves, and only the manufacturing costs will be charged.

Should clients harbor any curiosities or necessitate further elucidation concerning the PCB base materials employed in PCB creation, we prompt them to reach out to our team. We stand ready and willing to offer aid and handle any inquiries that our clients might possess.

Our priority concern is to furnish our clients with premium PCBs that are tailored to their specific needs and specifications. We are committed to ensuring that our clients have access to a wide range of materials choice in PCB production process. Connect with us today for further insights or to address any queries you might be harboring.

Comparison of 8 Layer PCBs With other Types of PCBs

8-layer PCBs extend certain distinctive benefits contrasted with other PCB classifications, although, they also carry specific drawbacks. Let’s examine a comparative assessment of 8-layer PCBs against other common types of PCBs:

● Single-Layer PCB: With their simplicity and cost-effectiveness, single-layer PCBs are an economical choice, but they come with restricted routing alternatives, face signal integrity complications, and are ill-equipped to manage intricate circuits.

● Double-layer PCB: Double-layer PCBs offer more routing options but can suffer from signal integrity issues with high-frequency signals or high-density designs.

● Four-Layer PCB: Quad-layer PCBs possess the capacity to house more intricate circuits and offer superior signal integrity output compared to dual-layer PCBs, albeit they are not as efficient as 8-layer PCBs.

10+ layer PCB: PCBs with more than 10 layers provide even greater functionality, but require more expensive materials, advanced manufacturing techniques, and additional design considerations.

● Flex PCB: Flex PCBs offer greater flexibility and can be bent and shaped to fit specific applications or assemblies. They can have fewer layers but may have specific flexure requirements that add complexity and cost.

● Rigid-Flex PCB: Rigid-Flex PCBs fuse the merits of rigid PCBs related to durability and resilience, with the adaptability inherent in a flex PCB. They possess the capability to incorporate three or more layers and may carry a higher price tag relative to 8-layer PCBs.

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Prototype Multilayer 8 layer Printed Circuit Boards Prices and Delivery Time

At JarnisTech, we provide swift, low cost, high-calibre PCB prototyping solutions. We are pledged to conforming to ISO9001 quality management frameworks, with an internal quality assurance division ensuring that all our work align with stringent benchmarks.

Our prototyping solutions ensure PCB delivery within a span of 3-7 days, contingent on your distinct needs. This constitutes a significant advancement in comparison to the usual service duration of 6-12 days typically extended by other maker.

Our squad of proficient individuals is committed to bestowing upon our clients unparalleled service quality, promptness, and precision. We employ cutting-edge prototyping methodologies and technologies to ascertain that our clients’ PCBs align with their specifications and requirements.

Our fast PCB prototyping services offer exceptional value, emphasizing cost-effectiveness and accelerated delivery. For clients pursuing reliable, economical, and time-effective PCB prototyping resolutions, JarnisTech emerges as the optimum collaborator. We invite you to reach out to our team, today itself, for further enlightenment about our offerings and to converse about your distinct requisites.

Future Outlook for 8 Layer PCB Technology

● The use of 8-layer PCBs is use across diverse sectors such as telecommunications, consumer electronics, aerospace, and medical apparatus.

● As the demand for higher circuit density and faster data transfer rates increases, the use of more layers in PCB design will become more common.

● Future developments in 8 layer PCB technology may involve the use of advanced materials, such as high-speed laminates and embedded passive components, as well as more sophisticated design tools and simulation software.

● The test for PCB designers and manufacturers lies in harmonizing the advantages of multilayer PCBs against the intricacy and expenses involved in the fabrication and examination processes.

Hence, 8-layer PCBs are an indispensable technology that empowers the progression of increasingly intricate electronic devices, and they are set to maintain a considerable position within the electronics sector in the forthcoming years.


8 layer PCBs offer several advantages that suit demanding applications in electronics, incorporating high-density layouts, enhanced signal wholeness, effective thermal regulation, and device miniaturization. The incorporation of extra layers in multilayer PCBs facilitates sophisticated and high-efficiency circuits, meeting the escalating requirement for compact, agile, minuscule, and high-capacity electronics.

While the cost of manufacturing and designing 8 layer PCBs is higher compared to lower layer counts, it remains a reasonable price for high-end design applications. The ongoing trends in IoT, Industry 4.0, telecommunication, and automation will continue to demand sophisticated electronic systems that can handle more complex data, faster communication, and power requirements than before, pushing the PCB industry to innovate and optimize their production processes.

At JarnisTech, we are a team of seasoned professionals who are proficient in the fabrication of 8-layer PCBs. Boasting substantial industry experience, we hold the requisite competence to produce superior 8-layer PCBs that fulfill our customers’ stipulations.

We pledge to consistently provide top-tier products punctually, recognizing the importance of timely delivery for our customers. Our dedication to excellent standards echoes in every order we execute, and our clients can anticipate nothing less than utmost quality from us.

We invite you to discover further about our offerings and initiate your forthcoming printed circuit board project with us. Our proficient team is perpetually prepared to offer support and ascertain your interaction with us is constructive. We eagerly anticipate engaging with you and fostering an enduring relationship.

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