Brad,

Unfortunately it has been my experience that IPC = Dollars. Maybe they
have a vested interest and just want another thing to charge for.
That's my take anyway.

Regards,

Jim McGrath
CAD Connections Inc.

Brad Velander wrote:

> Jeff,
>         here is my take on this issue.
>         Yes there are a number of competitive file format systems to that
> which we call generically "Gerber". I may have some of them wrong here but
> there are various formats a couple of IPC initiatives, ODB++, Gemcam, oh
> forget it I don't want to try remembering them all.
>         The problem is one of generic acceptance throughout the industry.
> Different groups with varied interests have developed these systems to
> better convey everything from bare board design intent to manufacturing and
> testing issues. Each system has various strengths and weaknesses, these
> probably align with the primary intent of the group developing the system.
>         The CAD vendors are caught in the middle of these competing systems.
> What do their customers want, what are their competitors doing, etc.. They
> do not want to adopt the next orphaned standard, they want to pick the
> winning standard and put their efforts into it alone.
>         The fabricators are also caught between the competitive standards.
> Where do they invest their money and efforts and no doubt there will still
> be a large number of their customers who just stick to Gerber because it is
> simple and well know.
>         Thus this whole affair goes round and round in circles. The only
> people who care are those who already have a financial investment in one
> standard or the other. The only people who typically adopt these new
> standards are people who have had certain difficulties that cost them big $s
> and they believe the new standard will stop them from experiencing the same
> problem again.
>         Well that's my view point, any others?
>
> Brad Velander,
> Lead PCB Designer,
> Norsat International Inc.,
> #300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
> Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
> Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
> Fax (604) 292-9010
> website www.norsat.com

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