I-Connect007 hosted a round table panel discussion recently about PCB design file transfer format, Hemant Shah from Cadence Design Systems, Kerel Taveriner from Ucamco and Dae Wiens from Mentor Graphics joint the discussion. Gerber, ODB++ and IPC-2581, they all have their strengths, so which one should you choose?
IPC APEX EXPO 2014, Las Vegas, NV
Exhibition: March 25 – 27
Look for IPC-2581 Consortium booth #2430 at IPC APEX EXPO 2014, to see the IPC-2581 adoption progress made since the APEX show last year. The IPC-2581 data will be output from Cadence and Zuken’s PCB Design tools, and then consumed by tools from ADIVA, Downstream Technologies, WISE Software for DFM checking, viewing and documentation.
IPC-2581 RevB is released!
After 12 months of development and validate, the IPC-2581 RevB was announced and published by IPC recently. "I've never seen an IPC standard move that fast." said Gary Carter, Senior Manager of CAD Engineering at Fujitsu Network Communications, "It's a great example of what can be accomplished when people from the industry align on and work towards a common goal!
Significant features in the IPC-2581 RevB include the following:
- Ability to define "build intent" through stack ordering, material types, technology attributes, and stackup composites
- Expanded bill of materials (BOM) section to include stackup
- Geometry object fill types, line types, user-defined primitives
- Back drilling support
- Pin one, origin/orientation standard criteria, and pick-up point for packages
- Pad stack reference definitions
- Z-axis definition, V-groove cavity/slot report
- Ability to add more notes on design intent
The PDF version of the standard is free to download now on the IPC website.
With help from the consortium, IPC recently released IPC-2581B, Generic Requirements for Printed Board Assembly Products Manufacturing Description Data and Transfer Methodology. It was completed in a short 12-month timeframe. That quick cycle underscores the high level of interest that brought together companies from throughout the supply chain. Here is an article from Terry Costlow, editor from IPC, talking about the efforts from the industry to move IPC-2581B into production.