Posted on March 7, 2013 by KVMG-CMS   |  0 comments

High Performance Serial Bus technology, known simply as 1394 [also known as FireWire] was developed by Apple in the 1980s.  IEEE-1394 is a versatile, high-speed, and low-cost method of interconnecting personal computer peripherals and consumer electronics devices.

FireWire receptacles

IEEE-1394 is similar to USB, but with a few distinct differences.  First, FireWire is a peer-to-peer technology, so no host is needed: devices can connect directly together.  Second, FireWire is faster with speeds up to 800Mbps (called 1394b, or FireWire800).  Even when running at speeds comparable to USB (such as the common 400 Mbps mode) FireWire is able to achieve higher sustained bandwidth throughput due to more intelligent logic circuits.