The 1394 Trade Association will hold its fourth quarter Compliance and Interoperability Workshop at the Ritz-Landis in Taipei Oct. 2-4. They promise “a full set of test suites designed to insure that 1394/FireWire-equipped computer and consumer electronics products work together to create the optimal user experience.”
The association’s goal is to promote the adoption of FireWire. Apple is a member of the organization, which is appropriate since FireWire originated at the company.
The Trade Association Workshop includes individual point-to-point interoperability testing of televisions, MP3 players, cameras, computers, computer peripherals, D-VHS systems and electronic games. There also will be a “Grand Melee” with the objective of connecting the maximum number of FireWire devices, or nodes, onto one 1394a bus, according to Dave Thompson of Agere Systems, the 1394 TA’s Compliance and Interoperability Chairman.
Companies that pass the comprehensive test suites can license the new 1394 Compliance Logo in marketing and distributing their products. The TA’s Compliance Logo signifies that a specific product complies with the organization’s approved standard. Costs per participant for the Taiwan C&I Workshop are US$500 for members and $1,500 for nonmembers.