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IPC-2581: Expedite NPI with Smart Design Data Hand-off

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Amit Bahl

Sierra Circuits

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Patrick Davis

Product Management Director for Allegro
Cadence Design Systems

How IPC-2581 addresses the NPI challenges

IPC-2581 provides a unified PCB design data format, enabling seamless data exchange between the designers and fab houses. It directly integrates the design files into the CAM system and facilitates a quicker new product introduction (NPI).


In this webinar, you’ll learn the benefits of IPC-2581 for NPI over Gerber and ODB++.

PCB design files include a schematic, netlist, stack-up, assembly drawing, and special instructions, if any. Managing and maintaining multiple files increases the risk of data discrepancies. IPC-2581 (IPC-DPMX) encapsulates design, assembly, and fabrication data in a single file, eliminating the need for multiple documents.

IPC-DPMX simplifies the transfer of stack-up details, including layer thickness, impedance requirements, and tolerances. In revision C, controlled impedance analysis is outlined, covering transmission line geometry, line width, spacing, and tolerance attributes.

The bi-directional DFX module of the design data format allows a two-way exchange of information. It enables you to receive feedback on issues from the manufacturer and fix them in real-time.

The IPC-DPMX provides enhanced traceability throughout the design and manufacturing processes. It keeps track of design rules and constraints, making the DRC process a breeze. This is makes it easy during re-engineering.

The IPC-2581 format automates machine-to-machine communication, eliminating the need for manual data entry and verification. This not only streamlines the manufacturing and design processes but also guarantees the highest productivity, addressing the needs of Industry 4.0

In this webinar, our experts will show you how to accomplish an intelligent design data hand-off and expedite NPI using IPC-2581.


What you’ll learn:

● How IPC-2581 facilitates a quicker NPI and automated DFM analysis
● IPC-2581 revisions: Rev B and Rev C
● Exporting IPC-DPMX files in the Cadence Allegro platform
● How IPC-2581 aligns with the demands of Industry 4.0
● PCB design data submission checklist


Meet the speakers

Amit Bahl, Chief Revenue Officer at Sierra Circuits

Amit Bahl, widely recognized as the PCB Guy, currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer at Sierra Circuits. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UCLA in 1997, launching his career in Silicon Valley’s tech industry. In 2009, he assumed the role of Director of Sales and Marketing at Sierra Circuits, with a dedicated focus on democratizing design for manufacturing best practices and guidelines for PCB designers and engineers.

Within a short span, Amit successfully propelled Sierra Circuits to become a leading educational platform for all aspects of PCBs. Under his leadership, Sierra expanded to offer blogs, design guides, webinars, calculators and design tools, and a vibrant forum, SierraConnect. Amit remains committed to ensuring the community has access to the essential resources, whether they are developing standard products or boards with specifications for medtech or military applications.

Assuming the position of Chief Revenue Officer since 2022, Amit’s mission persists: to simplify the PCB design journey for all stakeholders. His unwavering dedication continues to drive Sierra Circuits as a trusted resource for the PCB design community.

Patrick Davis, Product Management Director for Allegro at Cadence Design Systems

Patrick Davis is the Product Management Director for Allegro at Cadence Design Systems. He is an industry expert with over 25 years’ experience in the PCB design industry. Staring his career as a PCB designer and working his way up to Sr. Vice President of Design before pivoting to his new exciting role at Cadence Design Systems where he is helping define next generation of EDA tools for the engineering community.

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