Dieter Bergman, a champion of technical standards passed away on July 23rd. He was 82 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Consortium members have expressed great sadness over the loss. "A true pioneer in the industry" and "one of the great ones" members have described him. As "the heart and soul of the IPC Designers Council, "Dieter Bergman contributed greatly to the birth and development of IPC-2581 with his passion for the standards. He really knew PCB design inside and out, and the information could be instantly retrieved right from his memory. When a question was asked, you did not receive only the response from Dieter, but also how and why the answer came about. "A ten second question would receive a 10 minute response, "members have said this to be one of many "Dieterisms." The answer usually included the what, why, and who asked for a particular item in the specification being discussed. His memory was remarkable, his mind sharp till the very end.
At IPC Apex Expo 2014, IPC awarded 11 consortium members for their exceptional contributions towards the IPC-2581 standard. These awards recognize their efforts to get the standard updated in a record time - IPC-2581 RevB was proposed, updated and approved in 12 months!
I-Connect007 hosted a round table panel discussion recently about merits of various PCB design file transfer formats, Hemant Shah from Cadence Design Systems (representin IPC-2581 Consortium), Karel Taveriner from Ucamco (talking about Gerber) and David Wiens from Mentor Graphics (talking about ODB++) joined the discussion. Panel discussion was moderated by Ben Jordan from Altium. 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.