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What is RosettaNet?

RosettaNet, or RNIF, is a robust standard for data exchange and document formatting used in high-tech industries, such as in the global semiconductor industry and by electronic components manufacturers, telecoms, consumer electronics producers, and their supply & logistics partners.

Key Elements of RosettaNet

Unlike other purely data exchange protocols or EDI document standards, RosettaNet provides all the major components for enabling the entirety of B2B exchanges. In addition, it is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the high-tech industry.

  • B2B Data Exchange Protocol: RosettaNet provides a B2B data exchange protocol for file exchanges over the Internet, similar to AS2 and other secured, encrypted means of transferring files over the web
  • Standard Document Format: RosettaNet also provides the RosettaNet Automated Enablement standard (RAE), which uses the Office Open XML document standard and provides a common framework
  • Reference Model: The RosettaNet Technical Dictionary (RNTD) is the reference model for the classification and characterization of the products covered by RosettaNet.
  • PIPs: These are the specific documents exchanged by B2B supply chain and trading partners using RosettaNet; they are akin to specific X12 or EDIFACT EDI documents, e.g. an X12 850 Purchase Order

Age & Governance

First introduced in 1998, RosettaNet predates many modern data transport protocols as well as EDI standards. It enables electronics industry companies to conduct business more efficiently and provide greater supply chain visibility. It was formed mainly through the efforts of Fadi Chehade, the first CEO of the RosettaNet organization, made up of a consortium of 500 leading technology companies across the planet.

Status and Popularity

RosettaNet sees widespread use in the global semiconductor electronic components, consumer electronics, telecommunication, and logistics industries.