We’re excited to have the ability to use our FireWire cables instead of USB.
This is because there are variables in terms of speed such as time- and frequency-based limitations in the original design,
which led to a format that’s cumbersome and not very practical. This alternative has been created specifically for us,
which eliminates those flaws in a highly efficient manner.
When you use your FireWire cable, you’ll be able to take advantage of the technology’s capacity and speed in order to achieve a quick connection to your computer.
Since the standard has been used in a variety of different devices by different manufacturers,
it’s best to consult with a user’s manual or consumer-oriented websites that specialize in digital imaging instead of taking our word for it.
We hope you enjoy this new feature as much as we do!
-Sony Electronics Inc.”
In April 2007, Sony introduced FireWire ports on its high-end digital cameras.
The FireWire standard was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
General Instrument Corporation, Apple Computer, and Texas Instruments.
The first device to use the standard was the Sony FireWire.
The Pioneer Digital Audio Interface was the first consumer device to use the standard and it is still in production today under its successor
The first company to offer a standardized set of cables (“Firewire Cable”) and connectors (“Firewire Mini-Connector”)
for connection over an IEEE 1394 interface was Apple Computer.
is among the most popular and widespread computer bus systems currently in use,
along with PCI Express, USB, Ethernet and IEEE 1284. The standard is developed and maintained by the 1394 Trade Organization (1394T),
an international consortium of companies that includes Apple Computer, Sony, Texas Instruments and others.
Since the introduction of USB 2.0 in April 2000, USB has rapidly become the dominant standard for connecting external devices to computers.
IEEE 1394/FireWire has retained a substantial market share because it is simpler to implement than USB,
can work at much higher data transfer speeds (up to 40 Mbit/s or 800 MB/s), and is more robust.
However, IEEE 1394 has been hindered over the years by a number of factors.
In particular, Apple Computer made changes to the FireWire interface in 2002 which resulted in a drop in sales for some products using IEEE 1394.
On January 4, 2006, Texas Instruments announced that it will no longer support FireWire due to its “diminishing market”.
has since switched to use USB 2.0 (and later the more advanced USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt)
on many of its computers because of this change by TI
some confusion caused by Apple’s decision to release FireWire-equipped Macs with an adapter they called “FireWire 800”, which was actually USB 2.0.
While FireWire is not currently backward-compatible with IEEE 1394/FireWire standard,
it can still be used with products that are capable of using early versions as long as the USB adapter or card connects to an IEEE 1394/FireWire port or connector.
The earliest adapters and cards were simply USB 2.0 to FireWire converters based on the
Cypress CY7C68013 chipset,
which is no longer manufactured by Cypress Semiconductor.
Apple introduced the Apple USB Power Adapter as a product designed to connect to a FireWire port.
It supplies power through an Apple-branded connector.
On June 20, 2006, Magewell announced the EZMate II FireWire 800/400 USB 2.0 adapter that converted standard USB 2.0 into FireWire and vice versa.
The adapter convert all four USB 2.0 ports on a computer into four IEEE 1394 serial ports,
which can then be used to connect devices such as scanners, printers and digital cameras.
The device was first released in the United States, and the European Union in September 2006.
In November 2006, Apple announced a USB 2 to IEEE 1394 FireWire adapter that works with all of their computers except for iMacs.
On June 24, 2008,
it was announced by Apple that all Mac minis manufactured beginning with the October 19, 2007
release date would not include an IEEE 1394 port due to a design revision for optical drives.
However, Mac minis manufactured on or after October 9, 2008 do include IEEE 1394
but only in a modified design and not backward compatible with the older model’s port. which statement regarding the firewire standard is accurate?
When Apple introduced USB 2.0 on their computers, they also introduced a white USB 2.0 cable for their FireWire devices
that went into production circa September 2003. Apple’s documentation for the FireWire cable uses the standard color scheme:
black cable with orange connector on one end and white connector on the other end.
This cable resembles the standard USB 2.0 cable, except for the orange connector on one end, and is no longer available from Apple Store.
A number of companies have introduced USB adapters that convert an IEEE 1394/FireWire port or connector into a USB port via a modified IEEE 1394/FireWire cable.