To have an open standard for PCB Data is very important to easily share data between different tools. This will enable developers to concentrate on their product. IPC 2581 is already in the focus of PCB-Investigator and will support it in 2Q12. With this standard format we can concentrate on future demands for PCB’s. Speaking the same language is very important, also for CAD formats. This approach will be a benefit for all. Thanks a lot to IPC.