Artwork Conversion Company Profile


Artwork Conversion Software, Inc. was founded in 1987 by Steve DiBartolomeo and Antonio Morawski and incorporated in 1989. Both founders have advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and had over 10 years experience in RF, hybrid and semiconductor design prior to founding Artwork. The company develops CAD translation programs, CAD viewers, geometry libraries, rasterizing software and IC packaging software. Artwork is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA with a development office in Manhattan Beach, CA. The company has been profitable since its inception, has no debt and is privately held.


Developer Associations

AutoDesk 3rd Party Developer

Cadence Connections Program

SOLIDWORKS Certified Solution Provider

Target Markets

  • IC designers
  • IC packaging
  • PCB designers
  • MCM designers
  • Microwave/RF Designers
  • MEMs designers
  • Microfluidic Devices

Customer Base

Over 5000 customers worldwide including Alcatel, AMD, Applied Materials, Agere, Bosch, KLA Tencor, Motorola, Ericsson, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Photronics, Siemens, Seagate, Sony, TRW ...

CAD Databases

  • GDSII (IC mask)
  • CIF (IC mask)
  • Mann & Electromask (PG)
  • MEBES (e-beam mask writer)
  • STEP (3D)
  • Allegro/APD
  • DXF (AutoCAD)
  • OASIS (2nd gen GDSII)
  • Archive (EGS and HP ADS)
  • IGES (mechanical design)
  • Gerber (274D, 274X, Pentax)
  • ODB++
  • Postscript (printers)
  • TIFF and BMP (bitmaps)
  • RTL and CCRF (raster plotters)
  • MIC (Mycronic Laser Writer)


Platforms and Operating Systems

  • Solaris (legacy)
  • Windows
  • Linux

OEM and Strategic Relationships

Artwork works closely with both large and small CAE/CAD companies. Because we specialize in translators we can often focus more resources on a specialized translation problem than a larger company is willing to. Some of our OEM relationships include:


Tianjin, China

Advantools manufactures a laser direct imaging (LDI) machine and users Artwork's preprocessors for fracturing Gerber, GDSII and OASIS data formats.

  Applied Materials


Applied Materials, a leader in semiconductor fabrication and inspection equipment, uses Artwork's GDSII and OASIS libraries in software to analyze and categorize defects in masks.


Pittsburgh, PA

Ansys is a leader in heat and flow simulation software; their thermal analysis software, IcePak, integrates Artwork's NETEX-G software in order to extract conductor and drill geometry from printed circuit board layouts.

  Applied Wave Research (AWR)

El Segundo, CA

AWR, a leading supplier of high-frequency electronic design automation, uses Artwork's NETEX-G [ODB++ or Gerber/Drill importer and net extraction] to bring in layout's from PCB designs into their Microwave Office simulator. AWR also uses our AWROUT tool to import data directly from Cadence APD and Allegro.

Cadence Design Systems

San Jose, CA

Artwork OEMs an AIF import/export converter for Cadence's Allegro Package Designer (APD) software as well as a 3D viewer and DRC.



Dynatron is a leading supplier of Gerber CAM in Japan. Dynatron uses a number of Artwork libraries for geometry manipulation and design rule checking.

DCG Systems

Fremont, CA

DCG Systems uses Artwork's QIS as the engine for their GDSDirect software which drives their new IREM, EBeam, FIB P2X and FIB P3X equipment.


Darmstadt, Germany

CST develops and markets software tools for the simulation of electromagnetic fields in all frequency bands. CST has integrated Artwork's NETEX-G and GBRUNion into its Microwave Design Studio as an efficient way to import PCB layout data.

Hortek Crystal Co. LTD


Hortek manufactures integrated laser processing machines and uses Artwork's GBRUnion software to prepare PCB data for controlling the cutting of solder paste stencils, and for etching markings into the surface of front panels.


Milpitas, Singapore, Israel

Artwork has multiple OEM relationships with KLA-Tencor: Qckvu for Prolith is used by the PROLITH division to extract small regions of a mask layer from a large GDSII file; The wafer inspection division uses Artwork's software to extract specific types of geometry from extremely large layout files for inspection recipe generation.

Sibco (ex Midas Vision Systems)

Franklin, MA

Sibco manufactures Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems for the semiconductor packaging industry. Artwork provides a high resolution rasterizer as well as an adaptive sizing program used to generate the reference templates from the original CAD data.


Taby, Sweden

Mycronic offers image writers for photo mask manufacturing for semiconductors, displays, and a wide range of packaging and other high-end lithographic needs. Artwork has developed two translators, GBR2MIC and DXF2MIC that convert CAD data into Micronic's pattern format ...



Helic licenses our DXF translator in their VeloceRF and VeloceWired tools for simulating wire inductance in IC packages.

  Nimbic (now a division of Mentor)

Bellevue, WA

Nimbic licenses Artwork's DXF translator for their EM simulation tools.


Somerville, MA

Lumarray licenses our QISLIB for converting GDSII files to high resolution bitmap data for their maskless optical lithography tools.

  SVG Optronics

Suzhou P.R. China

SVG Optronics licenses our GDS_RIP for converting GDSII files to high resolution bitmap data for their maskless optical lithography tools.


Altium designers use our NetexG to convert ODB++ files to STEP for 3D simulations tools like Ansys, ProEngineer, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD Inventor, Comsol and other tools.


ARTWORK CONVERSION SOFTWARE, INC.                  Company Profile
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