A couple new articles are out on the IPC-2581 and ODB++ data transfer formats.
On Oct. 2, longtime EDA journalist Richard Goering provided a well-written writeup on the “lively panel discussion” (“Data Transfer in the 21st Century”) we held during PCB West on Sept. 29. Richard does a nice job capturing the frustration of the designers present and historical give-and-take that has led us to the current situation.
And yesterday, EDN weighed in with interviews of participants from the data transfer panel held at PCB West and other key spokespersons.
Given the new support for IPC-2581 by Cadence and Zuken, among others, this issue isn’t going away.