IEEE 1394

Definition: Standard for connecting electronic peripheral devices. * A relatively high-speed serial input/output digital standard able to transfer data between a computer and its peripherals e.g. video cameras, hard-disk drives up to 400 Mbps, potentially up to 2Gbps. * Individual cable length is limited to 4.5 m but up to 16 cables can be daisy-chained giving a total of up to 72 m. * Up to 63 different devices can be linked in a tree-like structure (i.e. it does not have to be linear like SCSI) and devices are hot-swappable. * Uses a 6-wire cable capable of carrying up to 60 watts. * Created by Apple Computer Corp in whose implementation it is known under the trademark FireWire. * Also known as High Performance Serial Bus and iLink (Sony Corp.)

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