Gerber format

The Gerber file format is the de facto standard for printed circuit board (PCB) image data transfer. Every PCB design system outputs Gerber files and every PCB front-end engineering system inputs them. Its widespread availability allows PCB professionals to exchange image, drill and route data securely and efficiently.

Ucamco recently upgraded the Gerber RS-274X standard to Gerber v2 (also named X2). Gerber X2 allows embedding of board stack-up information and insertion of CAD attributes.

By enhancing Gerber's well-known existing image data format with the intelligence offered by these and other exceptional new features, Gerber X2 boosts performance throughout the design, engineering and manufacturing process of printed circuit boards.

"Gerber is the backbone of the electronics manufacturing industry"

Standard Gerber was revoked in 2014. Since then, Standard Gerber files do not conform to the Gerber specification and are no longer valid. In fact, they can no longer be called Gerber files. Standard Gerber is technically obsolete. It has significant drawbacks vs Extended Gerber and carries inherent risks. Its main problem is that aperture definitions are not standardized.

It is Ucamco’s position that the party that chooses to use Standard Gerber rather than Extended Gerber is responsible for any issues resulting from its use.

Download the "Open Letter on Standard Gerber" from our downloads page and find out why your only valid option is to use Extended Gerber.

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