IPC-2581 ("Offspring") Industry Adoption

iNEMI's Data Exchange Convergence Project, which was completed in late 2001, developed a recommendation for an XML-based data exchange format that "converged" IPC's GenCAM with Valor's ODB++ to create a single format.  Based on this recommendation, IPC standards committee 2-17 developed a new standard, IPC-2581 ("Offspring"), Generic Requirements for Printed Board Assembly Products Manufacturing Description Data and Transfer Methodology, released in March 2004.  iNEMI is organizing a follow-on project to help ensure rapid adoption of this new standard.  iNEMI plans to bring together users and suppliers to encourage, evaluate and promote effective solutions that meet the requirements of IPC-2581.