Dave Jones down in Australia (not Austria!) is attending the Australian Electronex show in Sydney and he’s posted a long video where representatives from the IPC Designers Council discuss the relatively new IPC-2581 standard for describing printed circuit boards and PCB assemblies. This is a really important standard for permitting information interchange among designers, tooling vendors, pcb manufacturers, assembly houses, and test facilities.
Note: The Cadence Allegro and OrCAD pcb design tools support IPC-2581. Cadence is a founding member of the IPC-2581 Consortium and believes it’s in the industry’s best interest that an open, public, neutrally maintained standard be adopted by all segments of the PCB design, fabrication, assembly, and test supply-chain.
For more information on IPC-2581, see Richard Goering’s blog post “IPC-2581 Update: Forward Progress on a PCB Data Transfer Standard.”