Intel adds FireWire 400 and 800 to latest motherboard

“Oxford Semiconductor is to benefit from Intel’s decision to design a FireWire high speed comms interface into its motherboards. ‘Intel has eventually seen the light and designed 1394b [FireWire 800] into their motherboard. They’re already starting to be manufactured in Taiwan,’ Jalil Oraee, founder and CTO of Oxford Semiconductor, told Electronics Weekly… Oraee sees Intel’s move as a positive one for Oxford Semiconductor: ‘Intel’s move is causing a lot of semiconductor companies to re-evaluate 1394b. It means the market is going somewhere,’ said Oraee,” David Manners reports for Electronics Weekly.

Full article here.

The 1394 digital link standard was conceived in 1986 by technologists at Apple Computer, who chose the trademark ‘FireWire’, in reference to its speeds of operation. The first specification for this link was completed in 1987. It was adopted in 1995 as the IEEE 1394 standard. Apple’s FireWire technology was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, receiving a 2001 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award for FireWire’s impact on the television industry.

More info about FireWire here.

MacDailyNews Note: The Intel Desktop Board D955XBK product description does indeed mention 1394a (FireWire 400) and 1394b (FireWire 800) as features. More info here. Now about those FireWire cables that Apple stopped shipping with the latest iPods…

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33 Comments

  1. Hmm, does Apple get any royalties from this? I certainly hope so, otherwise it will be marketed as another Wintel innovation.

    I can see it now: Dellfire.

    Pfft.

  2. AP – According to this result of a Google search,, Apple made licensing the name “FireWire” free after many years of charging a rather hefty $1-for-each-copy-of-a-product fee for it. This only refers to companies being able to label their products as “FireWire” rather than “1394.” If there is a fee still associated with using the actual protocol, rather than just the name, I’m too lazy to look it up…

  3. Apple gave away the Firewire technology to the standards board called IEEE…which assigned the name IEEE 1394 to the technology. Apple was only making money in the use of the name Firewire until they decided to stop charging for it.

  4. Thanks Follower. I did a little legwork, and it looks like Apple doesn’t charge a fee for a developer license for the Firewire 1.1 protocol.

    check this:
    http://developer.apple.com/softwarelicensing/agreements/firewire.html

    The only thing they seem to really agree to is to use the “Firewire” logo in accordance with Apple standards. Oh well – at least it looks as if Apple has managed to create another standard – that’s a good thing for Apple and everybody!

  5. I was a little worried about FW800 up-take, given the different connector it uses to FW400. It would have been a better idea to use a single connector design, much like USB/USB2.
    I guess with Intel now adopting FW the uptake of the higher speed spec will accelerate, and see a more rapid phasing out of the slower standard, which will make my concern a moot point.
    Time will tell.
    Does this mean that FW has won the high-speed connectivity battle?

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