Zuken-Redac and Valor sign global marketing agreement

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 1 March 2000

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(2000), "Zuken-Redac and Valor sign global marketing agreement", Circuit World, Vol. 26 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/cw.2000.21726aab.006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Zuken-Redac and Valor sign global marketing agreement

Zuken-Redac and Valor sign global marketing agreement

Keywords Valor, Zuken-Redac

Zuken-Redac and Valor Computerized Systems Ltd have announced a global marketing agreement to develop and provide PCB designers with tools that will significantly improve time-to-market and final product quality. The basis of the agreement is close integration between the CADIF® database of Zuken-Redac design software and Valor's ODB++® design-to-manufacture data exchange format.

Intelligent manufacturing data interface

Under this agreement, Zuken-Redac and Valor will establish close R&D relations to enhance Valor's existing CADIF-ODB++ postprocessor, for widespread and general use by the CAD community. To support the project, Zuken-Redac has joined Valor's OSA ("open systems alliance") partnership program as a full member. The OSA provides a formal framework within which any CAD/CAM company can be assured of close support from Valor in establishing interfaces based on ODB++. Likewise, Valor has joined the Zuken-Redac "Valence" program, which supports third-party interfacing to Zuken-Redac systems.

John Sliney, Zuken-Redac's vice president of marketing, explained the reasons behind the agreement: "Valor has introduced new methods and powerful tools which the electronics industry is adopting to optimize the way PCBs are taken from design through manufacturing. The new bidirectional working relationship between Valor and Zuken-Redac will result in enhancements on both sides of the interface adding value to our users' workflows, via tighter integration between design and manufacturing, and bringing quality, cost and cycletime benefits."

Distribution of ODB++ postprocessors

At the start of the fourth quarter of 1999, Zuken-Redac will begin distributing ODB++ postprocessors to its customers as part of general releases starting with Visula 5.1. ODB++ data contain all design knowledge necessary for product manufacture and test, including PCB layers, components, testpoints, drill/route data, net attributes, manufacturability constraint rules and DFM results. A single ODB++ file replaces the traditional "container files" of old-style formats such as Gerber, Excellon, Component Placement Lists, netlist, and HP-GL/DXF drawings.