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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

FireWire speeds to increase dramatically

FireWire is used as a high speed data interface for linking devices such as external hard drives and camcorders to PCs.

The 1394 Trade Association announced the S3200 specification for FireWire. The specification builds upon the existing IEEE 1394b standard by boosting the maximum speed from 800 megabits per second to 3.2Gbps. The new S3200 specification can use the cables and connectors already in use for FireWire 800 products.

The association hopes to have the S3200 specification ratified by early February, and has used the speed boost to position FireWire as an alternative to other recent interfacing technologies.

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