FireWire has made its return on new Macs. Although the FireWire port was not included on the last generation 13-inch MacBook, it has returned to a new 13-inch model. Apple has announced its updated MacBook Pro line which includes for the first time a 13-inch model in addition to the standard 15-inch and 17 inch models – each model includes a FireWire 800 port. The news has sparked discussion of the significance of this interconnect technology as some questioned the viability of the standard as Apple removed FireWire from the MacBook for a period of time.
The 1394 Trade Association (1394 TA) is the organization that advocates the adoption of the IEEE 1394 standard, commercially known by brand names such as FireWire (Apple) and i.LINK (Sony). The organization serves the interest of companies working to develop products and services related to 1394 in technology markets.
Approved by 1394 TA, Allion offers the 1394 TA logo program, which helps products earn a FireWire and/or i.LINK 1394 compliant logo. Products receiving certification are ensured to be compliant with the IEEE 1394 standard and interoperable with other 1394 compliant-labeled products.
Allion performs a series of tests in a prepared test environment for 1394 devices in mass storage, computer host and image device categories. Allion then determines whether or not the device can work in conformance to the criteria defined in the 1394 certification program. Once a developer’s product earns the compliance logo, the product can use the compliance logo and can also be listed on the 1394 TA Web site.