After successful panel discussion and booth display of IPC-2581 Consortium on PCB West on September 28th, more companies are joining the consortium to accelerate the use of IPC-2581 in the industry. The new members are Artwork Conversion Software, Inc and EasyLogix Software Development.
On October 1, 2011, Artwork Conversion Software announced in Santa Cruzthat that it is joining the IPC 2581 consortium and will develop an IPC2581 readerthat will bolt together with several of their translation engines used by electronicdesigners.
“Supporting IPC2581 will enable our board design users and our OEM partners to work with any type of intelligent board data files that their end users require of them.”
They also promised that the development of the 2581 parser will be completed in Q1 2012 and first translators using the IPC2581 front end will be available 30 days thereafter.
Artwork Conversion Software, Inc develops CAD translators, high speed viewers and high resolution rasterizers for CAD data bases for output to desktop or wide-format printers and plotters. They also write interface tools from all PCB software to simulation tools like Ansoft, AWR, CST, Agilent EDA and others. They work with many EDA vendors and equipment makers who license their tools and integrate it directly to their applications.
EasyLogix created the CAD/CAM Software, PCB Investigator, which is extremely easy to use and improves all areas of PCB developing, production and assembly. It offers all functions of a professional ECAD Workstation combined with outstanding PCB Viewing qualities.
EasyLogix showed great enthusiasm and support for IPC-2581 Consortium.
“To have an open standard for PCB Data is very important to easily share data between different tools. This will enable developers to concentrate on their product. IPC 2581 is already in the focus of PCB-Investigator and will support it in 2Q12. With this standard format we can concentrate on future demands for PCB’s. Speaking the same language is very important, also for CAD formats. This approach will be a benefit for all. Thanks a lot to IPC.”
The collective goal of IPC-2581 Consortium is to enable, facilitate and drive the use of IPC-2581 in the industry. With more companies are joining the IPC-2581 Consortium, it shows that IPC-2581 Consortium is expanding its influence. By allowing end users to generate a single IPC-2581 output file once then leverage it many times without the need for follow-on conversions, IPC-2581 will bring great benefits to the whole industry.