Exchange Standards for Electronic Product Data
Final rept. Sep 1985-Aug 1987
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report addresses the issue of whether or not a family of existing data exchange formats for electronics engineering data is sufficient to achieve integrated engineering environments for electronics design. Three formats, the Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits D- 25x IPC-D-35x the Initial Graphics Exchange Specification GES and the Electronic Design Interchange Format EDIF one design language, the VHSIC hardware Description Language VHDL and one proposed format, the Product Data Exchange Specification PDES are reviewed. The author concludes that there is a very real need for each of these formats for distinct applications. Overlaps among the formats do exist. These overlaps, however, do not pose a serious impediment to exchanging engineering data. A clear understanding of the informational content of each of the formats is needed. This cannot be achieved, however, until basic research questions regarding data modeling methodologies for engineering design data have been resolved.
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