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Old August 4th, 2008, 01:00 AM   #1
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New Version of "FireWire" IEEE 1394 Standard Approved

(This is a press release: http://standards.ieee.org/announcements/ieee1394.html)

Latest Document Incorporates More Than 100 Updates and Enhancements

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 29 July 2008 -- IEEE has approved IEEE 1394™, "Standard for High Performance Serial Bus." The revised specification combines and incorporates all previous IEEE 1394 standards developed since 1994.

Commercially known under the brand names of FireWire™ and i.LINK™, the IEEE 1394™ standard provides specifications for a high-speed serial bus which supports both asynchronous and isochronous communication and integrates well with most IEEE standard 32-bit and 64-bit parallel buses. More than 500 million IEEE 1394 ports have been produced since the standard was first published in 1995.

"The new standard includes all of the amendments, enhancements and more than 100 errata which have been added to the base standard over the last 12 years," said Les Baxter, chair of the working group which developed the standard. "This update provides developers with a single document they can rely upon for all of their application needs."

The 1394-2008 standard updates and revises all prior 1394 standards, including 1394a™, 1394b™, 1394c™, enhanced UTP, and the 1394 beta plus PHY-Link interface. It also incorporates the complete specifications for S1600 (1.6 Gigabit/second bandwidth) and for S3200, which provides 3.2 Gigabit/second speeds.

The standard is expected to be available this October.

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Just in time to compete(?) with the forthcoming USB3.0 spec, which is 4.8GB/s.
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Just in time to compete(?) with the forthcoming USB3.0 spec, which is 4.8GB/s.
I wonder how the actual sustained transfer rates will compare.
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Now all they have to do is improve the POS 4-wire plug.
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What are the immediate implications of this development?
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