New FireWire standard promises big speed increase

firewire Hey everybody, get ready to have your asses rocked by the impending four-fold increase in FireWire transfer speed. It’s gonna make you wish that you had your own crash helmet for some reason or another.

Seriously though, I miss FireWire. Ever since USB 2.0 came out, I’m down to only one device that still uses the good old IEEE 1394 interface. It’s an old Canon GL1 camcorder that I never use any more. Ah, those were the days.

Okay so the new specification will be called S3200 and it’ll use your existing FireWire 800 devices, cables, and connectors to boost throughput from 800 megabits per second to 3.2 gigabits per second. This should all be in place by early February.

With this speed increase, the 1394 Trade Association hopes that people will choose FireWire over eSATA-based computer peripherals and even over HDMI connections on high definition TVs and DVD players, stating that S3200 would be able to move uncompressed HD signals more affordably than the existing HDMI standard. 

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