The January Issue of famous Germany electronic magazine "ELEKTRONIK PRAXIS" published an article written by Dirk Muller from FlowCAD. In the article, Dirk talks about the inefficiency of existing PCB design data transfer formats in the industry, as well as the importance of IPC-2581 as it is supported by IPC which is a strong and neutral industry group, instead of proprietary formats owned by individual companies.
There’s been an ongoing discussion about design data transfer format. With the first PCB fabricated with IPC-2581 data, the discussion is heating up. While it seems Gerber, ODB++ and IPC-2581 are all very capable formats. Which one will win the great data transfer format horse race? The January issue of PCB Design Magazine untangled the maze of design data transfer.
IPC- Association Connecting Electronic Industries - announced the winners of 2012 Best Paper Award at IPC NCEDAR 2012. The paper about IPC-2581 Consortium drafted and presented by Cadence AE Director Vijaykumar Patil earned the first place honor. In this paper, Patil talks about the benefits of using IPC-2581 and why PCB design and supply chain companies should adopt it.
Last year the PCB West conference held a lively panel discussion about data transfer formats for PCB design and manufacturing. Most panelists and many audience members were enthusiastic about IPC-2581, a vendor-neutral, "intelligent" format that can potentially replace many of the various formats in use today. At this year's PCB West September 26, 2012, two representatives of the IPC-2581 Consortium updated the progress that's been made towards this emerging standard.