The Small Form Factor Committee (SFF) is an ad hoc group formed to address storage industry needs. When formed in 1990, the original goals were limited to defining de facto mechanical envelopes for disk drives so they could fit into laptop computers and other small products.
The SFF Committee is not an attempt to replace the development process of existing standards projects but to complement it by addressing issues which may not be address by the standards process, or where there is no standards project activity.
Manufacturers and customers can use the SFF Committee as a neutral ground where any issue of industry concern can be discussed. The intent is for customers to be able to procure compatible, multi-sourced products. As it can be difficult to achieve consensus in the short run, published material will indicate on which side of an issue a member has voted.