Stripline refers to the traces that are located between conducting planes in the inner layers of a multilayer circuit board. The characteristic impedance of centered stripline for the trace geometry is shown in Figure 6.6 and given in Equation 6.2:
where 0.1 < w/h < 2, t/h < 0.25, and ε R < 15.
It is interesting to plot the relationship between trace width and dielectric thickness. These curves are shown in Figures 6.7–6.9. Notice that the trace thicknesses are limited to the copper clad and copper foil thicknesses that are available and to the thickness after cleaning or plating.