Circuit Board Pcb
Lists of EDA tools that support import and/or export of ODB++ have been compiled by Artwork Conversion Software, Mentor itself, and on the Comparison of EDA packages table. Some companies that have adopted the ODB++ format are advocates for its use. Streamline Circuits reports that ODB++ provides much greater efficiency than the competing Gerber format, stating that "an 8-layer printed circuit board can take up to 5 hours to plan and tool using Gerber and only 1 hour when using ODB++." According to Streamline, manufacturers are adopting it to overcome the limitations of the simpler Gerber format. DownStream Technologies calls ODB++ "the defacto standard for intelligent data exchange in EDA" In 2002, Dana Korf of Sanmina/SCI called ODB++ "the prevalent non-Gerber format." Kent Balius of Viasystems, states of ODB++ "...really we don’t need anything else."