The consortium, led by Cadence Design Systems and founded in August 2011 by several PCB design and supply chain companies, is dedicated to driving faster adoption of the industry-neutral design data transfer language created by IPC and known as IPC-2581. This is a generic standard for printed circuit board assembly products' manufacturing description data and transfer methodology. For nearly every step in the industrial process flow, IPC-2581 offers a standard to help companies ensure superior manufacturability, quality, reliability and consistency in electronics assemblies built for their products.
Today, they announced the addition of several new members to its growing list of electronics industry companies. The new members are ScanCAD International, Ucamco (formerly Barco ETS) and Aegis Software.
"The addition of these new members to the Consortium clearly demonstrates that the desire for a new open, universal data transfer mechanism is not exclusive to one or two EDA companies," said Hemant Shah, product marketing director at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. "These companies represent products and services that will extend IPC-2581 deployment deep into PCB fabrication, assembly and test, allowing end users to generate a single IPC-2581 output file once then leverage it many times without the need for follow-on conversions."
Consortium members will demonstrate design data transfer between PCB EDA tool vendors and DFM/CAM vendors using IPC-2581 at PCB West on Sept. 28 at the Santa Clara convention center
To learn more about IPC-2581, please visit http://webstds.ipc.org/2581/2581intro.htm
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