Here's our Hardware Tip for.. July 30, 1999
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IEEE 1394 (aka FireWire)
What is IEEE 1394 anyway?

The IEEE 1394 multimedia connection (also known as FireWire) enables simple, low-cost, high-bandwidth isochronous (real-time) data interfacing between computers, peripherals, and consumer electronics products such as camcorders, VCRs, printers, PCs, TVs, and digital cameras. With IEEE 1394-compatible products and systems, users can transfer video or still images from a camera or camcorder to a printer, PC, or television, with no image degradation.

  • It's Fast - 100/200/400 Megabits per second (Mbs) or 12.5/25/50 Megabytes per second (MBs)
  • It's Guaranteed - both isochronous (guaranteed bandwidth) and asynchronous transfers
  • It's Consumer Friendly - small connectors, hot plug, auto ID & termination
  • It's Expandable - 63 devices (16 daisy chained), 4.5m flexible cable
- Although IEEE 1394 and USB (Universal Serial Bus) are similar technologies, you cannot interchange IEEE 1394 connections with USB connections.
- Windows 98 currently supports IEEE 1394.