Sunday, August 3, 2008

Firewire Speed-up Approved by IEEE

Seems like Firewire is here to stay. IEEE has just approved the speedier Firewire 1600 and 3200 upgrade to the existing 400 and 800 implementations.

(Firewire is the popular name of the communication standard IEEE 1394)

If you think they should drop this and use USB for everything, keep in mind that - while its theoretical speeds may be similar, they're fundamentally different:Firewire uses a "peer-to-peer" communication system, USB uses a "master-slave" approach.

(Just plug a couple of external USB hard drives to a PC and compare its performance with another PC having the same number os Firewire external hard drives - and you'll see what I mean. :)

via [Crunchgear]

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