IEEE 1394 Trade Association announced a new FireWire specification group claims that it can produce up to 3.2 gigabytes per second throughput.
The new user interface (officially known as S3200) is based directly on standard 1394b/FireWire 800 and uses the same physical connectors, arbitration and minutes than its predecessors. In theory, this would enable journalists to use S3200-silicon in a very short period of time.
(As a place, remember that when the 1394a and 1394b are largely considered the same FireWire 400 and FireWire 800, 1394c and S3200 terms on the two different requirements.
S3200 is to expand and accelerate the current technology, 1394b, 1394c and 1394b offer the speed and capacity over standard Cat 5e cable. It has not been observed in the wild for the 1394c.)
There is no word when the S3200 devices can enter the market, but the 1394 Trade Association estimates that the standard is fully ratified by early February.
This is a good time before the USB 3.0, mainly in competition spec. At IDF this year, Intel's Pat Gelsinger forecast USB 3.0 ratification sometimes first half of 2008. S3200 could possibly hit the market more quickly, depending on its ease of implementation, but also older devices to be turned to improve the income of consumers is open to debate.
The maximum theoretical data transfer rate is certainly a controversial issue in the two standards. Intel said it expects USB 3.0 is 10 times faster than USB 2.0, which would provide 4.8Gbps transfer rate.
In contrast, the current iteration of S3200 out of the top 3.2Gbps. It is impossible to predict how much bandwidth the difference in the real world impact on standards, equipment performance, but it is certainly a marketing edge that USB 3.0 proponents thin.
Of course, the FireWire-to-S3200 has always offered certain benefits that are not USB. Not only is much less CPU-intensive, since it is a peer-to-peer nature of the (USB master / slave), a FireWire, but can not be given more power in one cable.
FireWire cable, you can also use up to 100 ft, USB 2 only allows a fraction of this, even though USB 3.0 should significantly increase the length of the cables.
Intel has not shared a lot of the extent to which the USB 3.0 standard, addresses a long cable and power concerns, but it has been taken, it may not matter. FireWire decided to significant technical advantage, and even years is not to replace the current USB standard.
Critics point out the FireWire standard, its own character and royalty revenue model, which is why he is unable to Dethrone USB.
Any time for any reason, the fact is that the outside world for Mac, FireWire ports are typically available only via add-in cards, or some higher-end boards.
FireWire does not leave, but it is currently included in the amount of cable set-top boxes and is used in some military situations. But that does not mean that the new quality requirements to start a new wave of peripherals, either.
Peripheral market is already crowded, USB 2 is already a popular and eSATA support is growing.
Together with the inevitable swarm USB 3.0 products, and may result in S3200 was buried up to his continued presence and popularity of the FireWire market niches where it has been resolved.