Schott has created Flexinity connect, an ultra-fine structured glass for circuit boards, which could be game changing for semiconductor manufacturing.

Flexinity connect solves many of the data latency and manufacturing issues caused by traditional printed circuit boards (PCB), as well as reducing costs.

Benefits include an improved signal performance and reduced signal latency.

Glass circuit boards are also cost-efficient and allow the embedding of passive components, which minimises the thermal load of the package and simultaneously shrinks the overall package size.

Its applications include smartphones, autonomous vehicles and medical diagnostics.

Dr. Tobias Gotschke, Senior Manager New Ventures at Schott, said: “Replacing a printed circuit board with a glass core package requires a significant amount of adaptation in the supply chain and offers many benefits.

"The flexible positioning of through glass vias, or TGVs, allows for unmatched design freedom. Using Schott’s glass and structuring capability provides a faster ramp-up in manufacturing with higher yields.”

The new product can be used in nearly any capacity, offering high performance for computing applications like datacentres and artificial intelligence.

For mobile and IoT applications, Flexinity connect offers fast wireless communication due its broad bandwidth in all climate zones.

The technology could also be used for autonomous driving and medical diagnostics.