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4 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2021 FEATURE ARTICLES Tribal Knowledge and Design Data Formats by Gene Weiner Sunstone Circuits: Use the Design Data Format That Gives You Best Results Interview with Matt Stevenson Sunny Patel On Design Data Formats Interview with Sunny Patel FEATURE COLUMN Finding Value in Gerber Files by Matt Stevenson FEATURE ARTICLES The Case for Gerber Interview with Karel Tavernier and Dirk Stans The Case for ODB++ Interview with Pat McGoff and Max Clark The Case for IPC-2581 Interview with Ed Acheson IPC-2581: An Open, Neutral, Efficient Data Transfer Format by Hemant Shah and Patrick Davis Who Selects the Design Data Format, and Why? Interview with Jen Kolar OCTOBER 2021 • FEATURE CONTENTS Gerber, ODB++, and IPC-2581 all have enthusiastic advocates, and all three are being used to produce circuit boards. Which brings us to these questions: Is there really a problem with having three perfectly good design data formats? Does the industry have to unite around one? Or do we all just like a good horse race? These are just a few of the questions that our contributors discuss in this issue. Design Data Formats 64 68 76 50 12 22 32 40 60 22 32 60 68 76

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