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1394a - FireWire (iLink) Serial Bus
support.microsoft.com - Performance of 1394 devices may decrease after
you install Windows XP Service Pack 2: (March 30,
IEEE 1394 and the Windows Platform - The optimal PC interconnect bus for
consumer electronic devices
Torito-compatible IEEE 1394 hard drive, without requiring
the presence of a SCSI or
- Boot from any internal or external
- Boot from Bios or
CD or DVD Media.
1394 and FireWire: "IEEE 1394 was conceived by Apple
Computer and then developed within the IEEE 1394 Working Group....
The backplane version operates at 12.5, 25 or 50 Mbits/sec. The
cable version supports data rates of 100, 200 and 400 Mbits/ sec.
Both versions are compatible at the link layer and above. The
Standard defines the media, topology, and the protocol."
Specs below from: CE.org:
Techhome Guide to Home Networks - Link changed!
Wired Media Protocols
- IEEE 1394a:
1394a is a short-distance (4.5 meters - approximately 15 feet) version
of the standard created to connect devices such as a digital video
camera and a DTV locally.
- IEEE 1394-1995: Similar to 1394a,
this is an earlier standard that has been replaced by IEEE 1394a.
It is used in devices such as digital video cameras, but in the future
most devices will comply with IEEE 1394a.
- IEEE 1394b
(Long Haul 1394): 1394b is a long-distance version of the IEEE
1394 standard that provides for communications up to 100 meters (can
run more than 300 feet).
highlighted above for clarity & focus.
Sony's iLink, Apple's FireWire and the
industry Spec IEEE 1394 moniker all stand for the same thing! Why so many
different names? Apple expected licensing royalties for the FireWire
branding. Why? Marketing & Money - Everyone wants a piece of the pie.
If you're running Windows, make sure
you're getting an OHCI compliant (Open Host Controller
Interface) 1394 FireWire controller [IEEE 1394 specifications]!
1394 and the Windows Platform
Downloads: Get DirectX 9 Now!
Capture Update for DirectX 8.0 - Required
For All OHCI-compliant IEEE 1394 interfaces!
FireWire System Architecture IEEE 1394A
to Home Networks: Home
Networking Technology and Standards - Wired
Serial Bus I/O InterConnect...
FireWire was initially developed by TI
for Apple. FireWire supports 63 Device connectivity, hot swapping,
multiple speeds and isochronous data transfers. (Required for bandwidth
of multi-media content delivery.)
Note: IEEE 1394 supports up to 400 Mbits/sec
transfer rates. IEEE 1394b supports 800, 1600 and 3200 Mbps transfer
1394 is seen as an I/O InterConnect
interface mainly for external digital devices. IE: Digital Cameras.
Expect to see other multi-media & smart digital devices soon beyond
hard drives and network interfaces!
Expect to see ATAPI
(AT Attachment Packet Interface) / IDE
(Integrated Drive Electronics) Device External
Connectivity through 1394 - FireWire Connectivity.
Is Serial / ATA the next
step forth for 1394? No! Do not confuse the two different interfaces...
In the near term, expect ATAPI Devices to Tailgate on 1394 until Serial
/ ATA becomes a reality. Stay Tuned & Get Connected!
Serial ATA: Specs & Explanation
ATA Working Group
www.hscf.com.tw - 1394
- Changed!] Taiwan 1394 Forum - "IEEE 1394 is a
low-cost, high-performance, 100 percent digital serial connection for
digital audio-visual devices, consumer PCs and home networking. It is
the digital interface of choice for the transmission of digital
audio-visual data for the consumer electronics industry with adoption
by such products as digital set-top boxes, digital TV and digital
Trade Association Technology: About
1394b Technology - FireWire 800
- See: Transfer
Rate Specs: 1394a &
Showcase Developer Products
- 1394/FireWireWorld.com - Site
LA: "One-stop licensing program for the 1394 Standard."
P1394B (Gigabit 1394)
1394 Firewire News:
- Oxford bridge chip offers 88Mbps transfer rate: "The
OXFW912 from Oxford Semiconductor is claimed by the company as the
first FireWire800 (IEEE1394b) to IDE (ATA7) bridge chip to maximize
transfer rates for both single and dual disk drives. When striping
data across two drives, the chip can achieve a transfer rate of more
than 88Mbps and maintains its high transfer efficiency even for small
data block sizes in single drive applications. Compliant with the ATA7
and UDMA6 drive standards, the OXFW912 IDE interface also provides
48-bit LBA support for larger drives." (11/8/2003)
www.Unibrain.com - The Firewire
(Firewire 800 and 1394b) Innovators: (5/9/2003).
800: 1394b to 64bit PCI OHCI compliant Host Adapter - Price:
The FireBoard-800 will start shipping
on the 30th of May.
Engineering Times - Asia - Reference design evaluates digital audio
over FireWire 800: "Oxford Semiconductor Ltd has announced
the availability of a reference design that provides
"plug-and-play" evaluation of digital audio distribution
over IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800) networks." (3/18/2003)
- TC Applied Technologies Creates Chip-Set with FireWire Audio Support:
Applied Technologies is now launching the Dice II chip-set. The
Dice II handles all standard pro audio I/O formats, most notably
the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface, in an integrated solution
dedicated to fulfilling the requirements of the professional audio
Maxtor Unveils "FireWire 800" Concept Drive at Macworld -
"FireWire 800, based on IEEE
1394b, is the newest version of the industry's multimedia bus,
with significant bandwidth, speed, distance and overall performance
improvements," said James Snider, executive director of the 1394
Trade Association. "FireWire 800 is the ideal choice for home
networking applications, and for a new generation of computer
peripherals. It will supplement the original 1394-1995 and 1394a
specifications, and lead to expanded adoption of the multimedia
standard in many new applications." (2/9/2003).
- Hard drives, DVDs, Monitors, CD Duplicators, Tape backup drives.
- All USB & FIREWIRE Hard Drives:
Oxford 911 ATA-6 LARGE DRIVE SUPPORT Enclosure TT-745 Series:
Claims to support, "ALL ATA33/66/100/133 3.5" Hard
Drives from 20GB-250GB It does support IBM 180GB WD180GB WD2000GB
Maxtor180GB Maxtor200GB Maxtor 250GB." Therefore, the 137 GB
HD limitation is not a problem for this enclosure.
3rd Generation FireWire - 320 GB! Available in FireWire and
FireWire/USB v2.0 & 1.1 Combo Configurations.
Inc. IEEE 1394 Products
Technologies – Pyro & Pyro Pro DV
Micro - 1394, FireWire
- FireWire-IEEE 1394 Products and Cables
Research Technologies: Site down or gone?!?
Magic Corporation: Site down or gone?!?
Semiconductor - Press Releases/iLINK IEEE 1394 LSI Link - (Media
Release Dated 11-30-1998) Link gone!?!
VAIO: Sony iLink (IEEE 1394), PC Technologies: VAIO – Video
Audio Integrated Operation
Digital Video - Mini DV Handycam Camcorder Models