ODB++ version-8 . Evolution not revolution

Today the latest version of ODB++ format, version-8, becomes available – you will see it there on the resources page, available for download alongside the v7 specification. Do I hear sighs of relief about the metric units and cheers for the extended range of standard symbols? This new version contains a range of enhancements that build on the existing structures. Everything there is intended to enable higher levels of automation in DFM and CAM to be achieved by incremental development of existing software tools. It has been a few years since v7 was released, thus this upgrade of the format to v8 contains the results of many suggestions and requests from the global user base. Will it cause disruption? Not if it is implemented “manufacturing backwards towards design”, while at the same time maintaining compatibility with v7 in the tools-flow. Will implementation happen overnight? No, but that is to be expected as outsourced design-to-manufacturing value-chains implement the format step-by-step to realize efficiencies in engineering business processes. As a side note, a major effort has been made to make the format specification document more transparent. Let us know if you see any aspect of the document that is unclear and can be improved; we will be glad to make changes to improve clarity.

5 Responses

  1. sabitha says:


    I would like to download a higher version of ODB++ viewer software ,can you please provide the link from which I can download it

    Thanks and Regards

  2. sgdavies says:

    I would also like to second the comment from Sabiha, I am a Cadence Allegro user and recently installed the latest ODB ++ Inside plugin for “Allegro” whilst the free viewer works after each translation (most of the time) I still require an update to the “Valor Universal viewer” because the the 8.2 version of this software will not open the new ODB ++ Inside generated format.

    • Julian Coates says:

      The latest ODB++ Inside for Cadence Allegro generates v7 ODB++, not v8 ODB++. Thus any v7 ODB++ viewer should be able to view the data you generate from your Allegro flow.

  3. sgdavies says:

    Update: just installed the latest ODB++ viewer, it does work ok, but its really a odd interface and odd way of opening files..
    come on Mentor you can do better? I have been looking at the IPC-2581 viewers one of them from downstream technology have a fantastic viewer.. something like this would be good? please comment Mentor?

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