Apple will host the 1394 Trade Association’s annual Developers’ Conference, which will be held June 17-19, at Apple’s Tokyo headquarters. The headquarters is located in the Tokyo Opera City Tower in Shinjuku.
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The 1394 Trade Association is an international organization dedicated to the advancement and proliferation of the IEEE 1394 standard — better known as FireWire to Mac users. The Tokyo conference will be the first international 1394 Developers’ Conference in the seven-year history of these events. The 2003 conference will focus on designing advanced FireWire products using FireWire 800 (1394b). There will also be sessions on: home networking; advances in the 1394.1 specification; FireWire’s use in industrial and instrumentation systems; and driver development for Apple and Windows-based systems.
Other topics to be covered include: Internet working compatibility (for example, 1394 and Ethernet); the 1394 Automotive standard, which was developed in conjunction with the IDB Forum; compliance and interoperability of 1394-equipped devices; and subjects designed to provide engineers with the latest developments, specifications.
Apple has introduced FireWire 800 for its revamped Power Mac line and the 17-inch PowerBook. However, the next generation of FireWire wasn’t included in the latest iMac and eMac revs.