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OSA unveils ODB++ intelligent data format

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CAD/CAM software? PCB design? ODB++?

The ODB++ Solutions Alliance (OSA), the open forum for implementers and developers of the ODB++ format has rolled out what it says is the next-generation data format touting significant enhancements. The ODB++ format, the organisation described, is an intelligent, single-data structure for transferring PCB designs into fabrication, assembly and test.

Developed according to requirements from thousands of established users globally, the features and enhancements help PCB designers and manufacturers minimise the manual entry of data into new product introduction, design-for-manufacturing and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software tools. In addition, the company said the newly improved format offers increased time savings, further reduction of manual errors and even higher levels of automation for enhanced user productivity.

Meeting the needs of the most demanding PCB design and manufacturing technologies, the open ODB++ data format is used daily by over thousands of PCB engineers worldwide, using data interfaces delivered by all leading CAD/CAM software vendors. The ODB++ format is said to offer a better design-to-manufacturing methodology to communicate and share data across disciplines, replacing traditional lower-level files such as Gerber, Excellon, netlist, placement list and drawings. With a maximum level of CAD/CAM automation based on the intelligence embedded in the software model of the PCB product, the ODB++ format reduces PCB fabrication and assembly NPI cycle time, saves cost, and reduces supply chain risk.

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