IEEE-1394 (FireWire)

IEEE-1394 is a family of high-speed bidirectional serial transmission ports that can connect PCs to each other, digital devices to PCs, or digital devices to each other.

The most common version of IEEE-1394 is known as IEEE-1394a, and is also known as FireWire 400. Sony's version is known as i.LINK. At 400Mbps, IEEE-1394a is one of the fastest and most flexible ports used on personal computers. IEEE-1394a can be implemented either as a built-in port on the motherboard or as part of an add-on card (see Figure 8.30).

Figure 8.30. Two typical locations for IEEE-1394a ports on the rear of a typical ATX-class computer.

Some IEEE-1394a ...

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