Advanced PCBs enable fastest & most sensitive COVID-19 antigen test on the market

19 November 2020


Tracing COVID-19: In the global fight against coronavirus, high-end printed circuit boards (PCBs) made by PCB & IC substrate manufacturer, AT&S are enabling the fastest & most sensitive COVID-19 antigen test on the market. Miniaturised & highly sensitive PCBs are needed to obtain fast & accurate results from the COVID-19 tests.

The global fight against the coronavirus pandmic is currently taking place on many levels. Whether it is about life-saving ventilators, supercomputers used to research vaccines or tests to identify a COVID infection – technologically advanced printed circuit boards (PCBs) made by AT&S are behind many applications that support this fight.

The most recent example: a portable testing device which provides rapid and reliable results within only twelve minutes using antigen and antibody test methods. Such systems are applied to verify a potential infection in high risk patients and persons with COVID-19 symptoms.

The device provides results of antigen tests with an accuracy of more than 97%, which is very close to the much more expensive and elaborate PCR tests. “The challenge in the development of such diagnostic devices is that they have to be portable and should not be much bigger than a smartphone,Volker Hofmann, Director of Sales for the Medical Segment at AT&S explains. “That is why miniaturisation is required for printed circuit boards in order to fit a large number of functionalities onto very little space – and we have done a very good job achieving this at AT&S.” Since October 2020, AT&S has been commissioned as a selected series supplier and now supplies highly sensitive PCBs for this important application to help overcome the coronavirus crisis.

AT&S CEO, Andreas Gerstenmayer considers the successful implementation of the current project further evidence for the capability of AT&S: “Our colleagues have once again proven that, based on our technology portfolio, they are able to develop customised, application-specific high-tech printed circuit board solutions within a very short period of time and to get these solutions ready for series production. In doing so, we not only help our customers but also make an important contribution to overcoming the global coronavirus crisis.” AT&S has contributed to fighting coronavirus since spring: back then, AT&S switched its production over to manufacturing printed circuit boards for life-saving ventilators at its location in Nanjangud, India within a very short time.

About AT&S
AT&S is a leading manufacturer of high-end printed circuit boards and IC substrates. AT&S industrialises leading-edge technologies for its core business segments, Mobile Devices & Substrates, Automotive, Industrial and Medical. AT&S has a global presence with production sites in Austria (Leoben, Fehring) and plants in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai, Chongqing) and South Korea (Ansan near Seoul). The company employed roughly 10,000 people in the financial year 2019/20. For further information please visit

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