“An upcoming version of the 1394 specification–which everyone in the world except for Microsoft refers to as Firewire–will provide for transfer rates between PCs and devices at speeds of up to 3.2 GB per second, far faster than the current speeds of 400 and 800 Mbps that today’s Firewire devices obtain. But while Microsoft plans to support the new spec, dubbed 1394b, it will not do so until after Windows Vista ships. Microsoft says it may add 1394b support to Windows via a Vista service pack or in a future version of Windows,” Paul Thurrott reports for WinInfo.
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple debuted FireWire 800 (1394b) on January 7, 2003 in the 17-inch PowerBook. January 7, 2003. Proposed slogan for massive Windows Vista campaign that’s sure to pollute the world – maybe even in this decade: Microsoft. Innovating yesterday’s technology in the far distant future.
MacDailyNews Note: 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 (1394a or FireWire 400). 1394b delivers speeds starting at 800 megabits/second, scalable to 1.6 Gigabits/second, then to 3.2 Gigabits/second. More info here. By our estimate, manufacturers should have hit the 1.6 Gigabits/second mark at least two years ago. We have no idea if that will ever come to pass. We won’t even bother discussing when 3.2 Gigabits/second will become a reality.
[UPDATE: 10:37am EDT: Modified MDN Take and Note with additional info.]
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