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OSA Updates on Next Generation ODB++ Intelligent Data Format for Enhanced Modeling
[February 20, 2013]

OSA Updates on Next Generation ODB++ Intelligent Data Format for Enhanced Modeling

Feb 20, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- The ODB++ Solutions Alliance (OSA), the open forum for implementers and developers of the ODB++ format--an intelligent, single-data structure for transferring printed circuit board (PCB) designs into fabrication, assembly and test--announced the next-generation data format with significant enhancements.

According to a release, developed according to requirements from thousands of established users globally, these new features and enhancements help PCB designers and manufacturers minimize the manual entry of data into new product introduction (NPI), design-for-manufacturing (DFM) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software tools. 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 CAD/CAM software vendors. The ODB++ format provides 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.

"ODB++ is the most established and supported intelligent data format for the PCB design, manufacturing, and assembly industry, validated by the ODB++ Solutions Alliance and its 3,000 registered members," stated Julian Coates, director of business development, Valor division of Mentor Graphics. "Members and partners of the OSA will be able to adapt to this new and improved version of ODB++ by incremental steps, thus preserving their previous investments in the ODB++ flow. As it is implemented across design-to-manufacturing flows, the next generation ODB++ will release additional value from existing tool-sets without requiring significant changes to business processes." The ODB++ Solutions Alliance provides a forum for implementers and supporters of the ODB++ format to share their interest and success with others.

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