The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards, or INCITS , is an ANSI
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-accredited forum of IT
Information technology
Information technology is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications...

 developers. It was formerly known as the X3 and NCITS.

INCITS technical standard groups and technical committees have provided many popular standards, among them:
  • T10 — SCSI
    Small Computer System Interface is a set of standards for physically connecting and transferring data between computers and peripheral devices. The SCSI standards define commands, protocols, and electrical and optical interfaces. SCSI is most commonly used for hard disks and tape drives, but it...

  • T11 (X3T9.3) — Fibre Channel
    Fibre Channel
    Fibre Channel, or FC, is a gigabit-speed network technology primarily used for storage networking. Fibre Channel is standardized in the T11 Technical Committee of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards , an American National Standards Institute –accredited standards...

  • T13 — AT Attachment
    AT Attachment
    Parallel ATA , originally ATA, is an interface standard for the connection of storage devices such as hard disks, solid-state drives, floppy drives, and optical disc drives in computers. The standard is maintained by X3/INCITS committee...

INCITS coordinates technical standards activity between ANSI
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 in the USA and joint ISO/IEC
International Electrotechnical Commission
The International Electrotechnical Commission is a non-profit, non-governmental international standards organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology"...

 committees worldwide. This provides a mechanism to create standards that will be implemented in many nations.


The forum was established in 1960 as the 'Accredited Standards Committee X3, Information Technology' and is sponsored by Information Technology Industry Council
Information Technology Industry Council
The Information Technology Industry Council is a Washington D.C. based trade association that represents companies from the information and communications technology industry. As an advocacy organization, ITI works to influence policy issues aimed at encouraging innovation and promoting global...

 (ITI), a trade association representing providers of information technology products and services then known as the Business Equipment Manufacturers' Association (BEMA) and later renamed the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers' Association (CBEMA). The first organizational meeting was in February 1961 with ITI (CBEMA then) taking Secretariat responsibility. X3 was established under American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures. The forum was renamed Accredited Standards Committee NCITS, National Committee for Information Technology Standards in 1997, and the current name was approved in 2001.

External links

Charles A. Phillips Papers, 1959-1985 (Historical reference to BEMA)
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