Apple invented FireWire in the mid-90s and shepherded it to become the established cross-platform industry standard IEEE 1394. FireWire is a high-speed serial input/output technology for connecting digital devices such as digital camcorders and cameras to desktop and portable computers. Widely adopted by digital peripheral companies such as Sony, Canon, JVC and Kodak, FireWire has become the established industry standard for both consumers and professionals.
“Apple enabled the desktop video revolution with its invention of FireWire,” said Jon Rubinstein, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. “Today, Apple builds FireWire into every computer it sells, and it is a key component of Apple’s ‘digital hub’ strategy.”
FireWire combined with Apple’s award-winning Final Cut Pro® and iMovie™ video editing software has catapulted Apple to become the world’s largest supplier of video editing solutions for both the professional and consumer markets. In addition, Apple’s PowerBook® G4 Titanium notebook, with its built-in FireWire, together with low-cost, high-quality DV camcorders, has sparked a mobile DV-editing phenomenon that has revolutionized video editing within the television and film industry.
Transferring data at up to 400Mbps, FireWire delivers more than 30 times the bandwidth of the popular USB peripheral standard. With its high data-transfer speed and “hot plug-and-play” capability, FireWire is the interface of choice for today’s digital audio and video devices, as well as external hard drives and other high-speed peripherals.
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