IPC-D-356, A & B usage

Discussion created by steve_hughes on Feb 9, 2010
Latest reply on Jan 20, 2017 by paul.d.jones



I have a questions regarding the useage of the IPC-D-356 format.


What is most comoonly used today & why:


  • IPC-D-356
  • IPC-D-356-A
  • IPC-D-356-B


Expedition PCB has had the capbility to generate IPC-D-356 for several years, then when FabLink XE was launched we skipped A and went straight to providing the B version.


I am well aware of the differences and aditional capabilities that A provided over standard 356 and B over A etc.but would like to have a better understanding with regard to who's using what, where and why.


For example what post PCB layout tools are consumers of the different flavors of the 356 format?


From what I can ascertain, there are very few tools out there today that can actually consume the B version. Right or wrong?