EEVblog #349 – SMCBA Lecture IPC-2581 Open Standards for PCB Design Data

A presentation given at the 2012 Electronex show in Sydney by the SMCBA.
IPC-2581 Open, neutral global standard for efficient PCB design data transfer.
Presented by:
Gary Ferrari – Executive director and co-found of the IPC designers council.
Andy Kowalewski – IPC Designers council Master Instructor

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  1. I don’t think open means to the EDA industry what it means to everyone else.

    2. Restrictions. This is a Single User License Grant: Licensor grants to Licensee a nonexclusive and nontransferable license to display this standard in portable document (.pdf) format solely on a single central processing unit owned or leased by Licensee. Licensees may use screen shot software to print selections from the document. IPC is not responsible for technical support for this activity. Placing the Standard on any network is not permitted. Licensee may make one (1) copy of the Standard solely for Licensee’s archival purposes. Purchase of any IPC printed or electronic format document does not entitle user to photocopy, scan or digitally reproduce the images in any way. Most IPC images can be licensed for internal company use. Contact IPC Customer Service for licensing information for IPC images.

    Yes, its open, just be sure not to accidentally make an extra copy with a backup, or let a friend or co-worked take a look. And remember you don’t have the right to print the thing.

    I’m guessing just as with the IBIS standard, the EDA industry may standardize on a parser, but it will certainly not be an open parser. There seems to be a lot of paranoia about fragmentation.

  2. It seems like a good idea having a standard file format at the interface between design and manufacture. It’s in everybodies interest.
    I guess that the CAD software suppliers wont want the information to include too much electrical information so that you will still be locked into their ‘systems’ for design.

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