Austin, Texas--July 20, 1998--Several major industry players participatingin the Si2 Electronic Component Information Exchange (ECIX) programannounced and demonstrated new software products based on ECIX standards andspecifications technology at the recent Design Automation Conference in SanFrancisco. These partners are cooperating to drive industry adoption ofstandards for a more efficient interchange of component information betweensuppliers, value-add information providers and OEM engineering, procurement, and component engineering users.
At DAC, 17 software products announced and/or demonstrated from 14 different companies, including: ECIX datasheet authoring and creation applications, end user engineers and system designer applications, component information management systems applications, and web-based component information management systems applications.
These product demonstrations culminate a major effort that began last September, entitled the ECIX Pilot Program, chaired by Jeff Barton, manager of Document Management Systems, at Texas Instruments. The program was created to bring focus and adoption to the ECIX standardsand for implementation and adoption of highly automated interfaces betweenthe suppliers and users of component information. The ECIX Pilot Programincluded several Si2 members and other industry companies who madesignificant contributions to its success.
The ECIX program was formed in the second half of 1996. The goal of theECIX program sponsors, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi America, IBMMicroelectronics, Intel, Motorola, Philips Semiconductors, and TexasInstruments, along with additional DARPA funding, is to provide a seamlessflow of component information in both computer and human sensible formatfrom suppliers to end-use customers exploiting the latest media distributiontechnologies.
A free "ECIX Toolkit" CD that includes standards documentation, collateral, sample data, and free software is available.
Silicon Integration Initiative, Inc.
John Teets, ECIX program manager
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