What Does FireWire Mean?
FireWire is a high-speed real-time interface for serial bus and isochronous/synchronous data transfer between enabled devices. Known for its high-performance, FireWire is used with digital audio/video, camcorders, home entertainment applications, central processing units (CPU) and personal computers (PC) and offers sustained transfer rates of over 3200 Mbits/s.
In 1986, Apple initiated FireWire as its main communications interface as a version of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) IEEE 1394 standard. FireWire was commercially released in the mid-1990s. FireWire is also known as IEEE 1394, i.LINK and Lynx.
Techopedia Explains FireWire
FireWire is used for audio-video (A/V) communication and built into most Apple operating systems. It is available in wireless, fiber optic, and coaxial isochronous protocol versions.
FireWire features include:
- Plug and socket connector capability for up to 63 devices with data transfer rate (DTR) speeds up to 400 Mbps
- Peer-to-peer (P2P) device communication networking without central processing unit (CPU) or system memory
- Plug-and-play support, which allows operating systems (OS) to automatically detect and configure new peripherals without system shutdown
- Hot swapping, which enables component removal and replacement without system shutdown.
IEEE 1394, i.Link, Fire Wire, High Performance Serial Bus