The ODB++ database was developed by Valor
as a way of transmitting a complete set of board manufacturing data and instructions from the designer to the PCB manufacturer. Unlike Gerber data, which is only “artwork” the ODB++ database includes artwork, nets, layer stackup, drill, BOM and even manufacturing checklists.
Most PCB design tools can export ODB++
although what data can be embedded into ODB++ varies with each tool.
There are now two “flavors” of ODB++ – the original as developed and controlled by Valor and an XML version which is the result of cooperation with the IPC in an attempt to merge GenCAM with ODB++. Ther merged version is called ODB++(X) since instead of a collection of separate directories and files the complete database is contained in a single XML file.
Artwork is developing a family of ODB++ (and ODB++(X)) tools available to both OEMs and end users that will bridge mechanical, PCB and IC data domains.
Converts ODB++ to RS274X. Why do this when Valor’s tools and most other CAM software can export RS274X from ODB++? Primarily as a mate to our GBR_RIP
software which is used by several OEM’s as their raster engine. This will enable those OEM’s to offer direct support for ODB++
Converts ODB++ an family of net/geometry databases used by EM simulators. Similar to our NETEX-G program but has the advantage that ODB++ contain conductors, stackup, material, nets and component information all in one place.
Converts ODB++ to OASIS. Why? Because some of the PCB layouts now being built have such fine linewidths that semiconductor type equipment is used to fabricate the masks and boards. In such cases, the required database to drive these machines is GDSII and OASIS.
Converts ODB++ to 3D format (3Di/STEP) A new effort to convert ODB++ files to various 3D formats useful for modeling PCBs. This includes Artwork’s 3Di file format as well as STEP.
Converts ODB++ to GDSII Stream. Why? Because some of the PCB layouts now being built have such fine linewidths that semiconductor type equipment is used to fabricate the masks and boards. In such cases, the required database to drive these machines is GDSII stream.
Reads ODB++ and converts the layout information into Micronic’s MIC format. Designed for the next generation of large area Micronic Laser imagers for printed circuit boards and IC packages…
Equipment manufacturers of laser writers may wish to investigate Artwork’s ODB++ RIP. It allows the equipment to directly read and rasterizer ODB++ data instead of making an intermediate conversion to Gerber.
Explains how to use Artwork’s ODB++ front end as a library for integration into another application.