IEEE 1394b gaining momentum as Apple introduces new iMacs

The new desktops join hard disk drive products in supporting FireWire 800.

Apple's recent introduction of the new iMacs that support the 1394b standard demonstrates that the standard, also known as FireWire 800, is gaining significant momentum, the 1394 Trade Association has announced.

The two new members of the iMac line include two 1394 ports, one using 1394a (FireWire 400) and the other 1394b. Apple CEO Steve Jobs highlighted the presence of FireWire 800, indicating that 1394b is now on all iMacs. The new models each run on Intel Core 2 Duo processors with clock speeds of 2GHz and 2.4GHz. The system bus is also faster than in previous iMacs — 800MHz compared to 667MHz. The aluminum enclosure for the iMac conforms to Apple's Mac Pro and Mac mini products.

The FireWire 800 standard delivers 800Mb/s bandwidth and can move audio and video up to 10m, while delivering the quality of service provided by the standard. It has been adopted by providers of high-end storage products this year, with hard drives from Seagate, Western Digital, La Cie and others gaining market share worldwide.

The 1394 Trade Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement and enhancement of the IEEE 1394 standard.

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