The Small Form Factor Committee (SFFC) is an ad hoc group formed in 1990 with the goal of defining the mechanical requirements for CD drives so that they could be used in laptops.
Over the years, the target projections of the SSFC committee have been extended to other areas. For example, to optical components, interfaces for the drives, and cables and connectors used in tape drives and other mass storage devices. This includes the first document describing the ATAPI interface and protocol.
The SSFC committee completes the formal standardization process and becomes active where standardization cannot be done due to lack of time or other reasons. The prepared standards are passed on by the SSFC Committee to standardization bodies such as the Electronics Industry Association (EIA) or ANSI. They either become stand-alone standards or are incorporated into other standards.