What is a Golden Board?

One of the most critical challenges in large-scale manufacturing is ensuring the consistency of products. PCB production typically involves using panels, where multiple boards are integrated into a large panel, and then cut after production. This not only accelerates the manufacturing process but also minimizes material wastage. How can we ensure that each PCB is reliable and consistent?

The answer lies in the concept of the “Golden Board.”

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What is a Golden Board

Upon hearing this term, you might think of gold-plated PCB, but that’s not the case. A Golden Board doesn’t refer to a specific type of board but rather denotes a circuit board that has been validated and confirmed.

This board is considered an ideal sample that adheres to the expected design and performance standards. Throughout the production process, it serves as a benchmark, ensuring that other produced circuit boards are consistent with it to maintain overall product quality and performance uniformity.

How to Apply the Golden Board

The preparation of a Golden Board typically occurs in the early stages of product design and production. Firstly, engineers and manufacturing teams design and create a circuit board, involving aspects such as material selection, layout design, and connection configurations.

Subsequently, the manufacturing team rigorously tests and validates this circuit board. Various testing methods, including electrical performance and signal integrity, are employed to confirm whether the design and performance of this board meet the expected standards. Once this board passes all tests, it is confirmed as the Golden Board.

In large-scale production, despite the use of automated equipment and constant attention from workers, even slight temperature differences can lead to faults. To address this, AOI systems are integrated into the production line. These systems compare the scanned visual representation of the board under inspection with the standard PCB visual representation, i.e., the Golden Board, to identify and rectify faults. Moreover, the Golden Board is used for post-production sampling inspections, employing a similar principle.


The introduction of the Golden Board is not only an innovation in quality management but also a reliable means to ensure product quality and performance stability. Manufacturers utilize the Golden Board as a standard to detect and address issues, thereby enhancing production efficiency.

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