Those attending the recent meeting of the
1394 Trade Association’s quarterly Compliance and Interoperability Workshop in Taipei successfully networked a total of 63 devices equipped with the FireWire standard — along with live streaming video — in what TA leaders called the most successful event yet.
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The worldwide organization is dedicated to the advancement of the high-end connectivity technology developed by Apple. Apple is a member of the Trade Association, which boasts of having completed more than a dozen compliance/interoperability workshops on three continents in two years, using a full set of test suites designed to ensure that FireWire-equipped computer, computer and industrial products work together.
In Taipei, participants connected a total of 63 nodes over the FireWire bus, linking Macs, Wintel PCs, MP3 players, external hard drives, notebook computers, a video camera, a printer, and other devices. Among the connections were new 1394b devices capable of running at 800 megabits/second. Mac users are hoping to see this faster “FireWire 2” on upcoming Mac systems.
Real-time DV video was displayed over the network using a camcorder. At the same time, several bus analyzers captured the network topology, said Max Bassler of Molex, vice chairman of the 1394 Trade Association.
The Compliance and Interoperability Workshop was attended by companies from the US, Japan and Taiwan with seven devices being presented for testing for the newly developed 1394 Compliance Logo Program. As the testing program matures, the 1394 Trade Association will expand the workshops to add more days, in order to accommodate the increasing demand for the 1394 Compliance Logo Testing, according to James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association.