Welcome to Industry 4.0 where automation and efficient data exchange rule over the “smart factory” world we live in. Open, neutral and global, IPC-2581 was created to fit in this fourth industrial revolution.
The latest IPC Designers Council held at Cadence in San José, CA, was all about IPC-2581. Presented by IPC Consortium Chair Hemant Shah, the lunch meeting answered why IPC-2581 is the go-to standard. Similar to the Mentor Graphics-owned ODB++ in terms of functionality, it takes the lead over its competitor for it is open and neutral. And when it comes to good ol’ Gerber, it might just be time to retire.
The IPC classifications set the rules to follow when designing a printed circuit board. And between Class 2 and Class 3, the design requirements are fairly different. How much do you know about the different design rules for IPC Class 2 and Class 3? Take the quiz and find out!
As a circuit board manufacturer, we are often asked about the difference between IPC Class 2 and Class 3. Class 1 does exist although we rarely produce boards that fall into this classification. Most of the times, even if the end-use of the product only requires Class 1, we will make it Class 2 just to ensure a better performance. This article will help you understand the different design rules for IPC Class 2 and Class 3 circuit boards.
The Association Connecting Electronics Industries – commonly known as IPC (Institute of Printed Circuits) – is an international trade association serving the printed circuit board and electronics assembly industries. IPC is known globally for its standards that verify the quality of the manufactured PCBs and PCB assemblies.
Testing is an essential step in ensuring the integrity of your flexible printed circuit boards. While there are many possible approaches to verifying the quality of both your raw materials and your finished products, guidelines from the Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC), such as IPC-6013, IPC-2223, and IP-FC-234 and their respective successors, are a good place to start. Continue reading “IPC Guidelines and Basic Testing for Flex PCBs”
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