August 2, 2011

We left off last month ostensibly discussing standards and how they come to be. The first standard I worked on was IPC-D-350, one of the first of the would-be slayers of Gerber, the so-called unintelligent data format. Indeed, I’ve spent a good part of my life watching electronic data transfer formats come and go, and…

July 28, 2011

A new, broad industry consortium drives for standardization across design, fabrication, assembly and test. PCBs have changed significantly over the past three decades, yet to the surprise of many, we still commonly use 30-year-old ways of communicating design intent to manufacturing. These decades’ old data-communication formats were originally conceived to drive the emerging numerically controlled…

June 24, 2011

BOLTON, MA – Electronic data transfer formats, vital as they are, are guaranteed to elicit yawns, if not outright derision, from users. But that history isn’t deterring an industry task group from attempting to tackle the now three-decades-old problem of unintelligent schematic files. Three standards are generally used for data transfer: OBD++, which is favored by…