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Old December 13th, 2007, 07:26 AM   #1
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Firewire gets a speed boost

The new S3200 spec is announced and 3.2Gbps is the speed using FW-800 cables. Your direct to disk solution should do 4k now :D

http://www.informationweek.com/news/...d=nl_IWK_daily
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Old December 13th, 2007, 04:50 PM   #2
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Nice!

Always liked Firewire much more then USB. Faster, more stable (it seems, can't really explain this), better standard (read: faster),...
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Old December 13th, 2007, 05:24 PM   #3
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It is faster than dual HD-SDI. Interesting.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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Considering that USB 2.0 tends to run at whatever speed it feels like, I'm all for improvements in Firewire.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #5
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I always thought the bottleneck was with the write speed of the storage devices...
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Old December 13th, 2007, 10:54 PM   #6
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Now if MS were to remamange the 1392 standard so as to not destroy MBRs at the drop of a hat, things would be peachy...
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Old December 14th, 2007, 10:16 AM   #7
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Single solid state drives are around 100MB/s sustained. That is 800Mb/s and you never want to be that close to max. Add a parallel array and you need more. Burst speed on some platters is above 100MB. So, it needs to go up.
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Old December 14th, 2007, 10:32 AM   #8
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That speed only matches what is already shipping for external discs: eSATA
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Old December 14th, 2007, 01:54 PM   #9
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That's awesome. Maybe that's why apple didn't add esata.
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Old December 15th, 2007, 06:34 PM   #10
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That speed only matches what is already shipping for external discs: eSATA
Good luck trying to hook up a Video or Audio device with eSATA ;)
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Old December 17th, 2007, 11:52 AM   #11
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Poor Connector?

I never liked the FW800 connector because it never feels very secure when plugged in. I've used four different brands of FW800 external drives and all of them feel as if the cable will suddenly slip right out without warning. It's not happened yet, but I'd imagine it wouldn't take much of a nudge to shake the cable loose from the drive.
This isn't a big problem when you're talking about a stationary desktop system, but they're talking about this new spec being used on anything from cameras, to computers, to AV gear. I could see this being a problem. But that's just me.
Anyone else feel this way or am I just wrong here?
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Old December 17th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #12
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...the eSATA plug latches...and there is no latency with it as there is with Firewire or USB.
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