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What is ILINK ?
Why ILINK ?
What is the role of ILINK in recent trend?
Where to Get enough info's about ILINK ?
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Cpearl
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ILINK is another name for a technology conceived by Apple Computers in 1986 and is still under the trademark "FireWire". iLink is the name adopted by SONY Corporation for its products who use this interface. This new technology enables very good data transfer rates than the conventional USB port. iLink is the name used by Sony Corporation. The technology was later adopted in 1995 and called IEEE 1394 and accepted industry wide with that name.

     This is a high speed serial bus, and provides connectivity to not only the digital devices that we use such as PCs, peripheral devices, external drives, but also to most of the consumer appliances such as VCRs, MP3 players, Cam Coders, Digital Cameras and any multimedia based devices. IEEE 1394 provides high data transfer rates ranging from 100 Mbps to 400 Mbps practically. Most of the software and hardware vendors acknowledged this technology and are supporting it. Microsoft has announced its support for this, and you can find the driver development kit in www.microsoft.com/ddk. 1394ta.org is IEEE 1394 trade association that promotes the proliferation of this technology.    

     IEEE 1394 is a complementary to USB, but its not a competetive. The current IEEE 1394 standard supports data rates upto 400Mpbs. The next version of this specification called IEEE 1394b will provide data rates of upto 3200Mbps. The USB is a host protocol, but IEEE 1394 is a peer-to-peer protocol. This does not require any specific host like a PC who controls everything. Any two devices having IEEE 1394 can communicate freely without any interference of a PC, if they are in the same bus.

     If you want further technical details, there is a very good article in www.embedded.com, http://www.embedded.com/1999/9906/9906feat2.htm. This article has some reference links also. Visit Skipstone's website, http://www.skipstone.com/info.html and this page also has good links.

     All in all, IEEE 1394 is a low cost, high speed data transfer technology, that is emerging very rapidly in the market with good support from the industry leaders. The possibilities are seemless. You can carry your biggest multimedia presentation with your handheld or gigs of data with you in a small external catridge with this interface and be able to access it as if its inside your hard disk. No delays in accessing the information and no space limit.
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hai avkbhas ,
Thank u for your, comments on ILINK.

Regards,
cpearl
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