In order to accelerate the standards development, a proposal was made to move forward as a privately funded project that would address business issues outside the scope of CFI and the CFI objectives. After a year of considering, refining, and "selling" the plan, in April 1993 an agreement was signed among Intel, National Semiconductor, Philips Semiconductors, and Texas Instruments to join their forces under the working name "Pinnacles Group". ATLIS Consulting Group, a leading SGML consultancy, was hired to facilitate the analysis, design, and development of the standard. Hitachi, the fifth member of the group, joined in August 1993.
The primary purpose of the Pinnacles Initiative is to define an information interchange standard that will enable electronic components manufacturers to create Electronic Data Books (EDBs). An EDB is a comprehensive set of information about electronic components containing more than just the text and graphics that are typically printed and distributed by vendors. An EDB also accommodates the inclusion of computer-sensible data types such as CAD files, behavioral and functional models, audio, and video.
By April 1994, the five member companies had completed roughly seven person-years' analysis, research, design, and development of the interchange standard resulting in the first version of the Pinnacles Component Information Standard. PCIS 1.0 provides the means for including computer-sensible information related to component conditions and characteristics.
The Pinnacles Group has decided to develop the application standard using the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML, ISO 8879). SGML is neither vendor non platform specific and is a widely accepted and supported standard for the encoding of structured information.
In November 1994, the revised and refined document PCIS 1.1 was announced at SGML'94. More than 77 copies of the document were distributed in November and December. This version of PCIS will be "frozen" for a period of 6 to 18 months to allow developers to implement the standard using existing SGML and publishing tools customized to the application. Each sponsor company will be working with its own selected vendors and consultants to implement the standard within its engineering and publications departments. Some extension and revision of the working draft is to be expected during 1995 and perhaps 1996 as a result of the company-specific implementation efforts.
These proposals allow the Pinnacles Group to seek certification of its work now, while continuing development with current and new partners in 1995/96.
The new organization is also intended to facilitate the inclusion and coordination of related activities like the CFI/CIR Terms Dictionary WG, which is focussed on integration of the IEC SC3D with the PCIS application.
Several U.S. and European semiconductor manufacturers as well as members of the EIAJ (Electronic Industries Association of Japan) have already expressed interest in the Pinncacles activities, both via private channels and via CFI. It is expected that the Pinnacles Group membership will expand by 5 to 10 members during 1995, though no limit has been set.
Organizations desiring additional information should contact:
The Pinnacles Secretariat,
or Tommie Usdin at
+(001)-301-816-4231 (voice) or
CFI, EDAC, and SEMATECH are jointly sponsoring a workshop to develop an industry-wide roadmap for development of standards within Electronic Design Automation.
The goal of the workshop will be to develop an EDA standards roadmap as a staged sequence of development which needs to occur over the next decade to meet the requirements for Design and Test of both semiconductors and electronic systems. This roadmap will consider the target goal to be reached and migration to there from where industry is today.
The scope of this workshop will cover EDA Design and Test requirements in areas of productivity and complexity management as identified by the "SIA1994 National Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors" and the SRC Semiconductor Whitepaper Report, ("Design Needs for the 21st Century: White Paper", Sept., 1994). The context will be standards and modeling which cross cut all technology areas relating to electronic design.
The workshop will focus on productivity and complexity management requirements, and will not address any specific CAD tool functional algorithm requirements. Further, while the sponsors are predominately U.S. based, the roadmap will not be restricted to U.S. company inputs. It will address the standards supporting the following areas:
The purpose of the roadmap is to set direction and priority on industrial and government investments into these requirement areas specifically recommending redundant competitive efforts that should be converged and cooperative efforts for which investments in multiple developments serve best to achieve needed goals. Furthermore, it will provide direction to industry for proprietary EDA development and a base on which CAD groups can plan proprietary CAD system integrations.
Development of the roadmap will be performed by an invited group of technical experts (Roadmap Development Work Group) from a cross section of industry, and the results will be approved by a select body of key industry leaders (Industrial Council) who have the authority and influence to assure implementation of the result.
back to entire workshop technical team
For more details, contact Don Cottrell (email@example.com).
In the object-oriented world the Object Management Group (OMG) has been well established as a non-profit organization with most of the relevant hard- and software vendors being corporate members. Its first specification apart from the definition of an architecture dealt with the so called Object Request Broker (ORB). The Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) allows the cooperation of objects in a distributed environment. Implementations of this specification are available and provide a basis for first projects and products.
Two other topics are covered within OMG: Object Services including topics like persistency, queries, messages, and Common Facilities.
In January 1995, the Common Facilities Task Force completed two documents: "Common Facilities Architecture" and "Common Facilities Roadmap" defining the schedule for the planned specifications called Request for Proposal.
All OMG documents are availlable via e-mail from the OMG server. To use the OMG
server, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following content:
Viewlogic: View DRPI
Mentor Graphics: Connectivity Data Port (CDP)
Additionally, the GMD-cfi-dr-Browser (developed at the EuroCFI Technical Centre) will be certificied soon.
At this time, database servers from CFI and the certified vendors, namely Viewlogic and Mentor, are available. Based on these, the user can read in a test database and browse through it as well as modify it with the help of the GMD-DR-browser which gives interactive access to the CFI DRPI.
In addition, the CFI WWW server holds information on CFI related news, CFI standards, certification, members, etc. It is accessible at
ECSI Phone: +49-2241-142104
The EuroCFI Newsletter is published by the EuroCFI Technical Centre at GMD, Schloss Birlinghoven, D-53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany, Fax: +49-2241-142242, E-mail: email@example.com. The EuroCFI Technical Centre is partly funded by the Commission of the European Union within the ESPRIT Project ESIP. The CFI Logo is a Trademark of the CAD Framework Initiative (CFI), Inc, Austin USA Newsletter Editor: Elfriede Abel Newsletter Management & Production: EuroCFI Technical Centre at GMD