The 1394 Trade Association has produced a new online video that
describes in detail the benefits of the latest high speed version of
IEEE1394 in aviation and industrial applications.
The new video was developed and narrated by Richard Mourn, one of the
original designers of FireWire-based systems and a long time board
member of the 1394 Trade Association. The video provides a comprehensive
demonstration of IEEE1394 transporting video data at S1600 (1600 MBps)
utilizing cameras from Sony and Point Grey, and measured with a FireWire
bus analyzer from DAP Technologies.
In the first of the two part video, Mourn reviews the history and
benefits of FireWire, focusing on its ability to provide bandwidth up to
4Gb/second using the same architecture and components that have made
1394 successful since its inception in the early 1990s.Unlike other
standards, FireWire has reached the highest possible speeds without new
cables, drivers, protocols and connectors, offering complete continuity
in a proven, cost-effective data transfer capability over existing
wires. "Because there is no need for new cables, protocols or drivers,
1394 has delivered the most cost-effective quadrupling of bandwidth ever
to a broad range of advanced applications," he said.
The video illustrates a S1600 ecosystem demonstration. Devices include
two IIDC (Industrial Instrumentation DC)-compliant cameras, a pair of
1394 Open Host Controller Interfaces (OHCI) and a 1.6 Gigabit/second
FireSpy bus analyzer. Applications like robotics and machine vision can
require multiple cameras providing 2.5Kbytes of data per isochronous
cycle. FireWire can handle up to 8 cameras at 1.6 Gigabit/second and up
to 16 at 3.2Gigabt/second bandwidth.
In the video, Mourn also reviews the test and measurement equipment
required to assure system performance, and he discusses how 1394 works
with compatible standards and specifications.
The 1394 Trade Association is a global organization dedicated to the
advancement and enhancement of the IEEE 1394 standard. By the end of
2011, more than 2.25 billion FireWire ports had shipped on a wide range
of computing, consumer electronics, industrial, storage and other
systems. For more information visit www.1394ta.org
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