BANNOCKBURN, IL -- IPC last week published the B revision of IPC-2581, the consensus industry standard for electronics data transfer. The task group developed and released the latest revision for communicating design intent to manufacturing in just 12 months.
The schema and non-printable .pdf are available via free download at: http://www.ipc.org/2581.
A total of 14 companies, including six users, seven suppliers and one general interest, voted to affirm the revision. One other supplier abstained.
The task group now plans to focus on additional validation measures while it gives the software providers time to update their tools to the latest revision. Currently, Polar Instruments has the only software program to support IPC-2581B, while Cadence, DownStream Technologies, EasyLogix, Numerical Innovations, Ucamco, Vayo, and Wise Software support IPC-2581A. Adiva, Siemens and Zuken support IPC-2581 Rev 1.
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