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PCB design release and archive using EDX

Releasing and archiving a design are the final steps in the product development process. The released data are used to fabricate and assemble the product, while the archived data are captured for use in subsequent revisions or as the starting point for a new design. The importance of both tasks cannot be overstated. This paper discusses how the Enterprise Data eXchange format (EDX) can be applied to both tasks in order to avoid costly re-spins and improve time-to-market.

What is EDX?

EDX is a data exchange format that allows design teams to capture PCB-related Intellectual Property in a standard representation to facilitate the safe and secure sharing of data across the enterprise and with third parties.

EDX is a robust standard format for the exchange of library, component, and design data between the design authoring system and any consumer of the data.

What does EDX do?

EDX facilitates the sharing of PCB IP across the enterprise, protects the shared data throughout its life cycle, ensures that remote sites and third parties can receive data with confidence, and enables data complexities to be managed in a way that protects the integrity of native data.

By representing data in a consistent format, independent of any of the tools creating it or reading it, version-independent interfaces can be established. That means that, even as design tools continue to advance, the EDX structure remains consistent. It is only the details within the native files themselves that change – not the interfaces sharing the data.

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