IPC (electronics)

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Formation1957; 66 years ago (1957)
TypeIndustry association
HeadquartersBannockburn, Illinois United States
Shane Whiteside
President and CEO
John W. Mitchell
Formerly called
Institute of Printed Circuits, Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits

IPC is a trade association whose aim is to standardize the assembly and production requirements of electronic equipment and assemblies. It was founded in 1957 as the Institute of Printed Circuits. Its name was later changed to the Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits to highlight the expansion from bare boards to packaging and electronic assemblies. In 1999, the organization formally changed its name to IPC with the accompanying tagline, Association Connecting Electronics Industries.[1]

IPC is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards developing organization[2] and is known globally for its standards. It publishes the most widely used acceptability standards in the electronics industry.

IPC is headquartered in Bannockburn, Illinois, United States with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. in the United States, and overseas offices in China, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Belgium.[3]


IPC standards are used by the electronics manufacturing industry. IPC-A-610,[4] Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, is used worldwide by original equipment manufacturers and EMS companies. There are more than 3600 trainers worldwide who are certified to train and test on the standard. Standards are created by committees of industry volunteers. Task groups have been formed in China, the United States, and Denmark.

IPC Standard Tree

Standards published by IPC include:

General documents
  • IPC-T-50 Terms and Definitions
  • IPC-2615 Printed Board Dimensions and Tolerances
  • IPC-D-325 Documentation Requirements for Printed Boards
  • IPC-A-31 Flexible Raw Material Test Pattern
  • IPC-ET-652 Guidelines and Requirements for Electrical Testing of Unpopulated Printed Boards
Design specifications
  • IPC-2612 Sectional Requirements for Electronic Diagramming Documentation (Schematic and Logic Descriptions)
  • IPC-2141A Design Guide for High-Speed Controlled Impedance Circuit Boards
  • IPC-2221 Generic Standard on Printed Board Design
  • IPC-2223 Sectional Design Standard for Flexible Printed Boards
  • IPC-2251 Design Guide for the Packaging of High Speed Electronic Circuit
  • IPC-7351B Generic Requirements for Surface Mount Design and Land Pattern Standards
Material specifications
  • IPC-FC-234 Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Assembly Guidelines for Single-Sided and Double-Sided Flexible Printed Circuits
  • IPC-4562 Metal Foil for Printed Wiring Applications
  • IPC-4101 Laminate Prepreg Materials Standard for Printed Boards
  • IPC-4202 Flexible Base Dielectrics for Use in Flexible Printed Circuitry
  • IPC-4203 Adhesive Coated Dielectric Films for Use as Cover Sheets for Flexible Printed Circuitry and Flexible Adhesive Bonding Films
  • IPC-4204 Flexible Metal-Clad Dielectrics for Use in Fabrication of Flexible Printed Circuitry
Performance and inspection documents
  • IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Boards
  • IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC-6011 Generic Performance Specification for Printed Boards
  • IPC-6012 Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards
  • IPC-6013 Specification for Printed Wiring, Flexible and Rigid-Flex
  • IPC-6018 Qualification and Performance Specification for High Frequency (Microwave) Printed Boards
  • IPC- 6202 IPC/JPCA Performance Guide Manual for Single- and Double-Sided Flexible Printed Wiring Boards
  • PAS-62123 Performance Guide Manual for Single & Double Sided Flexible Printed Wiring Boards
  • IPC-TF-870 Qualification and Performance of Polymer Thick Film Printed Boards
Flex assembly and materials standards
  • IPC-FA-251 Assembly Guidelines for Single and Double Sided Flexible Printed Circuits
  • IPC-3406 Guidelines for Electrically Conductive Surface Mount Adhesives
  • IPC-3408 General Requirements for Anisotropically Conductive Adhesives Films

Market research and statistical data[edit]

IPC members are eligible to participate in IPC’s statistical programs, which provide free monthly or quarterly reports for specific industry and product markets. Statistical programs cover the electronics manufacturing services (EMS), printed circuit board (PCB), laminate, process consumables, solder and assembly equipment segments.[5]

IPC Apex Expo 2020 in the San Diego Convention Center

Comprehensive annual reports are distributed for the EMS and PCB segments, covering market size and sales growth, with breakdowns by product type and product mix as well as revenue trends from value-added services, trends in materials, financial metrics, and forecasts for total production in the Americas and the world.

Monthly market reports for the EMS and PCB segments provide recent data on market size, sales and order growth, book-to-bill ratios and near-term forecasts.[5]


IPC organizes IPC APEX EXPO, the largest electronics manufacturing industry trade show in North America, attracting more than 9,000 professionals from 45 countries.[6] In 2020 the show took place in the San Diego Convention Center.[7] IPC Apex Expo 2021 is scheduled for Jan 23-28, also in San Diego.


  1. ^ "History of IPC's Name". IPC. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs)". ANSI. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. ^ "About IPC". IPC. Retrieved 2021-11-10.
  4. ^ Radcliff, katy (2018-09-26). "IPC-A-610 Specialist Training Using EDGE 2.0". katy Radcliff. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  5. ^ a b "Market Research from IPC". IPC. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  6. ^ "IPC APEX EXPO 2020". Electronic Products & Technology. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  7. ^ "IPC APEX Expo 2020 | San Diego Convention Center". visitsandiego.com. Retrieved 2020-05-25.

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