Northbrook, IL--July 19, 1996--The Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits (Northbrook, IL) and the Electronic Industries Association (Arlington, VA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the data exchange problem for printed circuit board/printed circuit assembly (PCB/PCA) technology.
The goal of the joint activity is to reduce design-build-test cycle times and promote smoother transitions from prototype production runs to volume manufacturing. Conservative estimates suggest the PCB/PCA data exchange problem costs U.S. manufacturers over $150 million a year. This exchange problem occurs between computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing causing incompatibility between computer systems outputting design data and computer systems setting up manufacturing equipment for printed circuit boards and printed circuit assemblies.
The electronic design interchange format V400 will provide the designer's viewpoint, and an IPC-CAM information model will represent the manufacturer's viewpoint. A neutral format will be developed and published as an IPC-CAM standard to augment EDIF V400 and fully support the CAM model.
Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits
2215 Sanders Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Fax: (847) 509-9798
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Newport Beach, CA--July 16, 1996--Router Solutions Inc. (Newport Beach, CA) announced a new version of CAMCAD, which includes the Allegro IPF format reader option.
This new option will allow Cadence-Allegro users to view, print, and convert Allegro intermediate plot files without the need of an Allegro system. The Allegro IPF plotfile contains all documentation and electrical layers for a printed circuit board file.
CAMCAD viewer for GERBER, HPGL, and DXF is available as shareware via the RSI homepage, the Allegro plotfile option is $300 and will be available as soon as possible.
Router Solutions Inc.
180 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Fax: (714) 721-1019
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