What is the importance of a ground plane of a PCB?

I find that the all types of PCB samples from my suppliers have ground planes. It seems important and I want to know about its function.

Very important. Once the signal gets into the ground plane from the circuit, there will be a ripple. Ripple may spread and influence the signal in other circuits.
If we don’t have a ground plane, the ripple will last longer and may influence other circuits nearby.

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Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.
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Oliver Smith

Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.

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Can leaded BGA chips be reflow soldered with lead-free process?

I know that using leaded process for lead-free BGA chips is not acceptable, because the solder balls of the BGA will not melt and the joint will be unreliable. But now BGA chip is only available in lead-free balls. is it ok to solder leaded BGA chips with a lead-free (thus, higher temperature) process?

Are the two modules interfering with each other in a PCB with GSM module and the gp-635t GPS?

In my current prototype, I have a SIMCOM GSM module and the gp-635t GPS. They are both in an enclsoure including antennas (gps antenna is integrated). What I experience is sometimes poor GSM and GPS connectivity and sometimes GPS doesn’t get any fix (in the 2 minutes of time i allocate for it) and the GSM fails to send data sometimes. Any tips on this case?

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