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FireWire 1600 and 3200 has been approved

To compete with USB 3.0 (4.8Gbps)

Steve Dougherty | Jul 31, 2008 at 12:20 am CDT (1 min, 3 secs time to read)

Although USB and eSATA are the most dominant peripheral connectivity standards these days, FireWire isn't dissapearing without a fight. Word's come in that the 1394-2008 spec has just been approved which includes FireWire 1600 and 3200 and should become available to manufacturers as early as October.

FireWire 1394-2008

Where todays fastest FireWire is still based on an old 2002 standard with a limitation of 800Mbps (100MB/sec) and most devices only carrying support for half that rate at 400Mbps, the IEEE 1394-2008 spec will allow for connections at up to 1.6Gbps (200MB/sec) or 3.2Gbps (400MB/sec) whilst still being backwards compatible with existing FireWire hardware (both the cables and ports).

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Piscataway (NJ) - IEEE 1394, better known under the brand names of Firewire and i.Link, will get a speed bump before the end of the year: The IEEE has approved the new IEEE 1394-2008 specification that provides support for a bandwidth of up to 3.2 Gb/s.

Firewire has come a long way. From the initial development by Apple in the late 1980s, to the technology's completion in 1995 and surge in popularity in the early 2000s, the technology has become a serial bus interface common in Sony and Apple computers as well as a range of consumer electronics devices such as video cameras.

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