PCB West to Introduced New IPC-2581 Consortium

PCB West will feature a panel called Electronics Data Transfer in the 21st Century. The panel will discuss the various standards and reasons for supporting them. The panel will also introduce the new IPC-2581 Consortium, which is a new group of OEMs, EDA companies and electronics manufacturers whose goal is to accelerate the adoption of IPC-2581. PCB West is a conference and exhibition for printed circuit board design. The three-day technical conference will take place September 27-29, 2011.

The IPC-2581 Consortium is open to any PCB design and supply chain company that is prepared to support or is committed to a roadmap for IPC-2581 adoption. The group is devoted to accelerating the adoption of IPC-2581 as an open, neutrally maintained global standard to encourage innovation, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Members include OEMs, EDA/DFM/CAM software companies, PCB fabricators, electronics assemblers and test companies. Companies like nVidia, Lockheed-Martin, Fujitsu, Cadence and Zuken are already supporting the common, third-party format.

Electronics Data Transfer in the 21st Century Panel
September 28, 2011, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
PCBs have changed significantly over the past three decades, yet industry still uses 30-year-old ways of communicating design intent to manufacturing. Several data formats have vied for market acceptance through the five decades of computer-based electronics design. Some formats have been driven by trade associations, others by individual companies, yet no single intelligent format has captured a large share of the market. The PCB West panel will discuss what the various standards entail and reasons for supporting them. Panelists include representatives from Cadence Design Systems, Fujitsu, DownStream Technologies and Sanmina-SCI.

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