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Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are essential components of most electronic devices, providing a stable platform for electronic components to be mounted and connected. PCBs are available in various designs, from simple single-sided boards to complex multi-layered boards.

Double-Sided PCBs are a type of Printed Circuit Board with two layers of conductive material, one on each side of the substrate material. The conductive layers are connected through PTHs, which allow components to be mounted on both sides of the board. Double-Sided PCBs can be used to create complex circuits with high component density in a compact form factor.

The additional layer of conductive material also makes it possible to route traces between components on both sides of the board, increasing the routing flexibility and reducing the size of the board. Double-Sided PCBs are commonly used in limited-space applications, and high-density circuits, such as smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices, are required.

How are Double-Sided PCBs made?

The manufacturing process for Double-Sided PCBs is similar to that of single-sided PCBs, with the addition of an extra layer of conductive material. The process involves several steps, including:

  • Preparing the substrate material:

The substrate, usually made of fiberglass or similar material, is cut to the desired size and shape.

  • Applying the copper layers:

A layer of copper is applied to both sides of the substrate material using a process called electroplating. A layer of photoresist is then applied to the copper, which is exposed to ultraviolet light through a mask. The exposed areas are then developed, leaving the photoresist in place over the unexposed regions.

  • Etching the copper:

The copper not covered by the photoresist is etched away using an acid solution. This leaves behind the copper traces connecting the components on both sides of the board.

  • Drilling the holes:

After the copper has been etched, holes are drilled through the board to allow for the components to be mounted on both sides of the board. These holes are then plated with copper to connect the two sides of the board.

  • Applying a solder mask:

A solder mask layer is applied to both sides of the board to protect the copper traces from oxidation and prevent the solder from flowing where it is not intended.

  • Applying a silk screen:

A silk screen layer is applied to both sides of the board, which includes information such as component locations, polarity markings, and other relevant information.


Once the manufacturing process is complete, the Double-Sided PCB is ready to be populated with electronic components and tested for functionality.

Benefits of Double-Sided PCBs

  • Increased component density:

With components mounted on both sides of the board, Double-Sided PCBs can achieve higher component density.

  • Better routing flexibility:

The additional layer of copper in Double-Sided PCBs provides more routing options, allowing designers to create more complex circuits in a smaller space.

  • Improved thermal management:

By mounting components on both sides of the board, heat dissipation can be optimized and thus decreasing the chance of excessive heating or even component failure.

  • Reduced board size:

With more components packed into a smaller space, Double-Sided PCBs can help reduce the overall size of the board, making it easier to fit into smaller devices.

  • Cost-effective:

Double-sided PCBs are more complex to manufacture than single-sided ones and are often less expensive than multi-layered ones.

  • High reliability:

Double-Sided PCBs offer better reliability, providing better connections between components and reducing the risk of signal interference.

  • Easy to repair:

Double-Sided PCBs are easier to repair because components can be easily accessed from both sides of the board.

  • Better signal integrity:

With traces on both sides of the board, Double-Sided PCBs can provide better signal integrity and reduce the risk of signal loss or distortion.

Double Sided PCB applications

  1. Industrial controls
  2. Power supplies
  3. Converters
  4. Control relays
  5. Instrumentation
  6. Regulators
  7. UPS systems
  8. Power conversion
  9. HVAC
  10. LED lighting
  11. Hard drives
  12. Printers
  13. Phone systems
  14. Power monitoring
  15. Automotive dashboards
  16. Line reactors
  17. Test equipment
  18. Amplifiers
  19. Traffic systems
  20. Vending machines

Contact Meena Circuits to learn more

With many years of expertise in the PCB manufacturing industry, Meena Circuits is the trusted source for Double-Sided PCBs. We offer quality fabrication services at competitive prices and are dedicated to delivering high-quality products with fast turn times. We also provide an expert advise on which PCB is right for your specific application. Contact us today to learn more about our Double-Sided PCB capabilities.


Double-sided printed circuit boards offer significant advantages over single-sided boards, including cost savings, increased flexibility during design changes and modifications, and improved durability, making them ideal for use in applications such as aerospace and medical equipment where reliability is crucial.

As technology advances at an ever-increasing rate, double-sided PCBs will likely become even more popular as they provide manufacturers with an efficient way to reduce costs while still meeting stringent performance requirements demanded by today’s consumers.