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More Fun File Facts: ODB++

In my last post, I wrote about the up and coming IPC-2581 PCB manufacturing file format. While IPC-2581 may be looked at by PCB fabricators and assemblers as a holy grail of sorts, it’s not yet widely adopted by CAD software. But, … Continue reading

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Fun Facts about Manufacturing Files

Circuit boards live and die by their manufacturing files. Without complete and accurate information, the board fab house can’t fab the boards, the assembly house can’t assemble your boards and nobody can buy the parts. Our old standard, the Gerber … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m talking about BoMs (bills of materials), not bombs. That would be silly and irrelevant. At least mostly irrelevant. If you make bombs, it wouldn’t be, but it would probably be all secret so we couldn’t talk about it. … Continue reading

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ODB ‘Partners’ Up

After the IPC-2581 Consortium was founded to support the move from Gerber, it was only a matter of time before Mentor responded with a similar group to push its own format, ODB++. Today, that measure was officially announced, with some … Continue reading


IPC-2581 ‘Chat’ Recap

We had nearly 1,000 visitors to today’s PCB Chat on IPC-2581. The moderators, led including Gary Carter of Fujitsu, answered more than 20 questions in a chat that lasted almost twice as long as planned. (The moderators plan to respond … Continue reading

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Chatting It Up

Fresh off the success of our premiere PCB Chat, we have quite a few more planned. Tomorrow (Feb. 7), SMT process consultant Phil Zarrow will take your questions. Designers may remember Phil from some of the past PCB West and … Continue reading

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IPC-2581 Update

It’s been a while since I updated readers on the IPC-2581 Consortium. Here’s a few tidbits: The group of supporters continues to grow, and a couple large IT and test equipment OEMs are now considering joining. At least one announcement … Continue reading


Talking Data Transfer at ZDAC

I had the great pleasure of attending Zuken’s ZDAC users group meeting earlier this month in San Antonio at the invitation of Steve Chidester, head of product marketing, and Amy Clements, marketing/sales manager. Steve and Amy had asked me to … Continue reading

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Major Major and Standard Standard

We ask for your bill of materials, Gerber and centroid files to assemble your PCBs. All those pieces of information are necessary to properly program our machines to place your parts. That’s pretty standard stuff, but did you know that … Continue reading


Data Transfer in the News

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 … Continue reading