There are two paths which an SFF Specification can follow
in order to become a standard. For the mechanical considerations
of an SFF Specification:
- EIA (Electronic Industries Alliance) accepts proposals
that are received from the SFF Committee for standardization
a) Connectors that are used in SFF applications
b) Dimensions of a disk drive form factor and the relationship
to the mounting of the connector
- Submittals require that each proposal be championed
by a member company of EIA.
For the interface considerations of an SFF Specification:
- ASC (Accredited Standards Committee) NCITS Technical Committee T10 will consider
proposals for interface definitions which are perceived
as being of de facto usage in popular applications.
The members can vote to Forward a document at any time
in the SFF process. If the members choose to Forward a submitted
proposal or a specification in Development directly to a
standards organization, the vote does not imply the members
feel the document is complete, but that it is more in the
realm of another activity. However, the SFF Committee is
not constrained from preparing an SFF Specification in the
event that the standards organization rejects the submittal
or changes it substantively.
If the members vote to forward an Approved or Published
SFF Specification, the Specification remains available through
the SFF Committee until the content is included in a dpANS
unless the members vote to Expire it.