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Final Round of Parallel SCSI Standards Emerge from INCITS Board Meeting

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Final Round of Parallel SCSI Standards Emerge from INCITS Board Meeting
Board Also Approves Technical Reports in GIS and Fibre Channel

Washington, D.C. April 16, 2003 - The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced today that its Executive Board unanimously approved the final three parallel SCSI standards at its April 10 meeting at Purdue University. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute, INCITS approval recognizes the documents, which were all produced by INCITS Technical Committee T10, as new American National Standards. At the same meeting, the Executive Board also approved two Technical Reports, which provide in-depth guidelines in the areas of Geographic Feature Cataloguing Methodology and Fibre Channel.

"These are the last wave of the parallel SCSI standards otherwise known as Ultra640 SCSI," said John Lohmeyer Chair of INCITS Technical Committee T10 and Principle Engineer for LSI Logic Corporation, "and we are nearly finished with the technical development for the next generation of SCSI standards called Serial Attached SCSI. INCITS T10 coordinates closely with the SCSI Trade Association to map standards to industry needs."

  • INCITS 367, Information technology - SCSI Parallel Interface-5 (SPI-5) defines the mechanical, electrical, timing, and protocol requirements of the SCSI parallel interface to allow conforming SCSI devices to interoperate.
  • INCITS 368, Information technology - Passive Interconnect Performance (PIP) expands the coverage of SCSI standards to the complete assembled interconnect including connectors, uniform bulk cable, and non-uniform bulk cable.
  • INCITS 369, Information technology - SCSI Signal Modeling-2 (SSM-2) establishes a common methodology for SCSI system signal modeling. Using this methodology, SCSI systems may be modeled accurately and consistently.

The Technical Reports approved at the meeting are INCITS/TR-34, Information technology - Geographic Feature Cataloguing Methodology (an overview of current practice on Geospatial Objects) and INCITS/TR-33, Information technology - Fibre Channel - Signal Modeling (FCSM).

INCITS ( is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. As such, INCITS also serves as the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for International standardization in the field of information technology. INCITS is accredited by ANSI and operates under its rules, designed to ensure that voluntary standards are developed by the consensus of directly and materially affected interests.

INCITS Executive Board of supplier and customer members includes Apple Computer, Center for Global Standards Analysis, CRC Enterprises, Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), DDC-I, EIA, Farance Inc., Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Hewlett-Packard, IBM, ICCP, IEEE, Intel, Microsoft, Network Appliance, NIST, Office of the Secretary Defense /S&T/ JEOD KTOD ACTD, Oracle, Panasonic, Purdue University, Sony Electronics, Sun Microsystems, the Uniform Code Council, and Unisys.