Back drilling vias: Save cost on buried vias and control cross talk


Back drilling vias is a cost-effective alternative to buried vias in multi-layer board manufacturing. While blind and buried vias require separate drilling and plating operations for the related inner layers, it is certainly a cheaper alternative to simply drill and plate through all layers of a multilayer board.

The downside of this approach, however, is represented by undesirable antenna and cross talk effects that will be caused by the unconnected parts of the vias at elevated clock speeds. To eliminate these parasitic effects, the unused via stubs need to be drilled out to a defined depth during the final phase of board production. This process is referred to as back drilling.

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How to define back drilling parameters in CR-8000 Design Force

With CR-8000 Design Force from Zuken, the back drilling of vias is no longer an afterthought during board production. It becomes an integral part of board design. And here is how it works:

  1. Set back-drilling conditions: Define the maximum admissible stub length in the rule editor of CR-8000 Design Force
  2. Extract pad-stack and define drill hole specifications
  3. Specify drill diameter and drill layer in back-drill information list
  4. Output drill data

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These and more features are all part of the release 2020 of Zuken’s CR-8000 3D multi-board design tool suite.

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Klaus Wiedemann
Klaus Wiedemann
Marketing Manager Europe
Klaus Wiedemann is responsible for Marketing Communications across Europe covering web content, public relations and marketing programs. He works with product management, technical experts and customers to align and communicate Zuken products solutions with market needs. Klaus is an enthusiast for two-wheeled vehicles and owns several racing bicycles and motorbikes he likes to maintain and repair.