Circuit board glossary

Item: ODB

Description:
ODB++ logoODB++ is a format for exchanging data between CAD and CAM in the development and manufacture of electronic devices. By ODB++, PCB design information can be transmitted between construction and manufacturing departments and between design tools from different CAD and CAM vendors.

ODB++ is a proprietary format for exchanging data between CAD and CAM in the development and manufacture of electronic devices. By ODB++, PCB design information can be transmitted between construction and manufacturing departments and between design tools from different CAD and CAM vendors.

The ODB + + format was originally developed by Valor Computerized Systems Ltd.  and was then acquired by Mentor Graphics, in 2010, as a job description format for their CAM system. The ODB + + format has become the de facto standard in todays PCB production.

Advantages

  • All design data for manufacturing, assembly and testing in a single file
  • Supports integrated DFM at all levels
  • Minimizes supply chain risks related to errors in data transmission
  • Reduced communication-caused delays between design and manufacturing
  • Enables the highest possible degree of automation at all stages of the PCB production
  • ODB++ is supported by all major suppliers of CAD, CAM and DFM tools
  • De facto standard of PCB manufacturers

 

See also: Data formats - ODB++