FireWire = Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Apple named it FireWire, but Sony preferred i.Link, so we suppose neither liked the boring standard name IEEE1394. Then again, who cares what it’s called, the important thing is the IEEE1394b standard is getting a boost to 3.2 gigabits per second with a new electrical specification called S3200. You can’t deny that’s quite a jump from the current 800 megabits per second. But that’s not all folks, because the 1394 Trade Association has just begun to open the goodie-bag. Anything eSATA or USB 2.0 can do, S3200 can do better. And why stop at covering your computer in S3200 compliant cables, when you can do it with your TV. Apparently the new specification is set to take over the realm of HD, and move signals further and at better quality compared ordinary HDMI cables. We’re game!

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