SGML: Pinnacles Group and Electronic Data Books
Here is the press release that went out on the PG. There have been two EETimes
articles that mention this activity: June 28, 1993, pg 14 "IC Vendors pursue
data-book standard" and July 26, 1993 pg 1 "Calling 555-data" sub-titled "Parts
information is going on-line". The second is an article about the INFO/ASPECT/
ViewPoint/IHS/etc end of things. They quote Jeff Barton and mention the PG.
MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACTS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Intel: Sandra Duncan 408-765-6005
National Semiconductor: LuAnn Jenkins 408-721-2440
Philips Semiconductors: Melissa Jones +31-40-724070
Texas Instruments: Ted Jernigan 214-997-5467
SEMICONDUCTOR VENDORS TAKE MAJOR STEP
TOWARD REALIZING ELECTRONIC DATA BOOK (EDB)
SANTA CLARA, CA (June 7, 1993) -- Design engineers, who
have long struggled with stacks of paper-based data books to
compare electronic components for various equipment
applications, may soon get relief -- as well as increased
productivity -- with the adoption of a standard format for
electronic file interchange of Electronic Data Books (EDBs).
Last week four major semiconductor vendors completed the first
of a series of information analysis sessions necessary to create an
interchange standard for computer-sensible electronic component
information. The standard's first draft release is scheduled for
public comment in February 1994 with Version 1.0 following
soon after. The four vendors, collectively known as the Pinnacles
Group, are Intel, National Semiconductor, Philips Semiconductors
and Texas Instruments.
"Computer-sensible component information will lower
companies' component evaluation costs, improve product quality,
allow customers to quickly compare components, and streamline
the design-in process," said Bob Yencha, spokesperson for the
Pinnacles Group. "We are taking the first steps in realizing this
goal by developing a standard, non-proprietary solution for
exchanging technical information. We believe this standard will
allow semiconductor vendors to produce EDBs cost effectively,"
EDBs will be electronic versions of current data books, enhanced
with computer-sensible parametric and modeling information.
This will allow information to flow freely among manufacturers
and customers in both human and machine-readable forms. This
common form will support both traditional paper-based
publishing, emerging electronic publishing, and electronic design
automation (EDA) systems.
Conceived in April 1992, the Pinnacles Group grew out of the
membership of the Electronic Data Book Working Group, one of
several groups formed by the CAD Framework Initiative (CFI).
The purpose of the Pinnacles Group is to speed the development
of the EDB interchange standard by funding the process. The
group plans to place this standard in the public domain as early as
"The CFI Component Information Representation Committee
welcomes the Pinnacles Group SGML Application Standard
effort. The CFI consensus building process will aid the Pinnacles
work in being available to the industry," said Joseph Flanigan,
member of the CFI Technical Coordinating Committee.
The standard will comply with ISO 8879, Standard Generalized
Markup Language (SGML), and will consist of a Tag Library and
one or more Document Type Definitions (DTDs) developed after
intensive document analysis and information modeling sessions.
The sessions will be conducted at each company's site using
company-provided documents, engineers, publications personnel
and end users.
Other organizations which have successfully implemented
standards based on SGML include the Air Transport
Association/Airline Industry Association, the Association of
American Publishers, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the
Open Software Foundation (OSF).
For additional information, readers may write or call:
Pinnacles Literature #Z107
P.O. Box 7641
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056-7641.
# # #
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is an international
manufacturer of microcomputer components, modules and
National Semiconductor Corporation is a leading manufacturer of
semiconductors and semiconductor intensive products.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, the company employs 24,000
worldwide and is a global leader in mixed analog and digital
Philips Semiconductors, a division of Philips Electronics N.V. of
The Netherlands, is Europe's largest supplier of semiconductors.
Its products include a wide range of standard and application-
specific discrete semiconductors and integrated circuits for
consumer, communication, computing and control applications.
Philips Semiconductors operates 15 factories in 12 countries
worldwide and employs about 19,000 persons.
Texas Instruments Semiconductor Group has combined a breadth
of silicon technologies, hardware and software development tools,
design information services and worldwide support to help its
customers move to their next level of integration faster and with
betters systems. TI's Total Integration (tm) capabilities attract
teacher-customers from around the world, giving TI system
expertise to enable differentiation of its customers' products in
key end equipment market segments, including computer,
communications, consumer electronics, automotive, military and
PLEASE REFER INQUIRIES TO:
Sandra Duncan, Media Relations Manager
2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95052-8119
LuAnn Jenkins, Corporate Communications Specialist
2900 Semiconductor Dr., MS 16-300
Santa Clara CA 95052
Melissa Jones, Manager, Marketing Communications
Building BAF-1 P.O. Box 218
5600 MD Eindhoven The Netherlands
+31 40 74 4070
Ted Jernigan, Media Relations Semiconductor Group
Texas Instruments Incorporated
P.O. Box 65503, MS 8322
Dallas, TX 75265-5503
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