Electronics specifications and standards


For several years CERN has been an active member in several standardization organizations who develop important specifications and standards in the field of electronics: IPC, PCI-SIG, PICMG, PXI System Alliance and VITA. Other resources are also listed below.


  • IPC provides standards and quality programs supporting the electronics industry such as standards for electronics assembly and PCB fabrication. The main specification for CERN is IPC-A-610: Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.
  • Standards are available on the CERN Library Catalogue.
  • IPC Website: http://www.ipc.org



PXI Systems Alliance

  • This organization develops standards such as PXI: 'PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation' and PXIe: 'PCI EXPRESS eXtensions for Instrumentation'.
  • The specifications are available from: http://pxisa.org/Specifications/ 

SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association)

  • The SNIA is a non-profit global organization dedicated to developing standards and education programs to advance storage and information technology.
  • CERN employees wanting to observe or participate in SNIA's SFF TA TWG can create a user account


Other resources

CERN developed general purpose hardware

Other CERN services related to bus standards

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Last modified
21 April, 2021