When you need to know the basics of Firewire, this blog post is a great place to start.
Find out about its capabilities, data transfer rates and more!
Firewire was developed as standard by Apple Computer in the late 1990s as an alternative to USB
provides faster data transfer rates but has been superseded by Thunderbolt and USB3.
It is capable of transferring up to 100 Mbit/s compared with USB2’s 480 Mbit/s.
The Firewire is also referred to as “1394” which was the name chosen for it by its original developers.
There are two types of Firewire sockets (and cables): 6 pin and 4 pin.
The 6 pin has four contacts in its single jack, while the 4 pin has six contacts in its double jack.
These 6 pin socket is larger because it supports electrical power, which is supplied via the 6 contact pins,
while the 4 pin socket does not support power (it only transfers data using the four smaller contacts).
It is very useful in situations where you want to store lots of data in a portable device which you can easily take from one location to another.
It is an excellent way of transferring large amounts of data at high speed.
That pins are colour-coded in the same way as USB cables, red for power, black for ground, white for data and green/yellow for +1/-1 signal lines
You can use any type of Firewire cable for either 6 pin or 4 pin sockets.
Firewire has its own controller chip.
The chip contains the circuit that converts the incoming signal into digital format it then passes information to the Firewire interface
Firewire allows for either “no delay” or “low latency” operation.
Not a delay means that there is no time taken in converting digital signals to an analogue signal which can be used by off-line equipment.
the Low latency means that there is a time taken to convert digital data into analogue form .
you are interested in Firewire for its fast data transfer rates, then you will need to make sure that your computer has a Firewire port.
The number of ports on a device varies from one computer to another and depends on the model.
Some firewire devices only have one firewire port;
in this case we would advise buying a Firewire card if your computer does not already have one.
As mentioned above, there are two types of sockets: 6 pin and 4 pin.
The 6 pin socket supports power transfer (but not from laptops) while the 4 pin socket does not support power transfer.
which statement regarding the firewire standard is accurate? “FireWire is a high-speed serial bus interface standard that carries data and video
used to connect devices such as digital camcorders, etc
Is an adapter which allows you to connect a dvi output to a firewire port.
The first sentence of the above paragraph mentions that Firewire is an IEEE standard.
Firewire supports audio, video and data transfers. Firewire data transfer rates include:
100 Mbit/s (in theory, effective throughput is somewhere between 80-100 Mbit/s).
400 Mbit/s (in theory, effective throughput is somewhere between 300-400 Mbit/s).
800 Mbit/s (in theory, effective throughput is somewhere between 700-800 Mbit/s)
1.0 Gbit/s (in theory, effective throughput is somewhere between 900-1 Gbit/s).
Data throughput depends on the hardware implementation.
Firewire 800 devices are backward compatible with Firewire 400 devices because they are electrically compatible with them.
Firewire is capable of using the following types of connector:
• 6 pinS (4 pin is used mainly with portable Firewire devices).
Note that you must only use the correct type of cable with its corresponding socket otherwise the connections won’t make a good contact.
Firewire uses a twisted-pair cable, similar to Ethernet cables.
The wire diameter of Firewire cabling is 2-3mm compared to 3mm for Ethernet cabling.
There are two types of Firewire connector: 6 Pin and 4 Pin.
8 pin connector does not exist.
4th pin connector is commonly used on small devices such as external hard drives.
6 Pin connector does not necessarily supply power to the device connected to it.
4 Pin connector does not necessarily supply power to the device connected to it.
cable that is supplied with a Firewire device has a male plug at one end and a female socket at the other end,
Allowing you to connect two devices using a simple plug and socket arrangement.
The number of sockets on a device varies from one computer to another and depends on the model.