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FireWire 1600, 3200 approved: Now, USB 3.0 or FireWire?

In today's news, the IEEE has approved the new FireWire 2008 specification, which will include the S1600 and S3200 standards, running at 1.6Gbps and 3.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

In today's news, the IEEE has approved the new FireWire 2008 specification, which will include the S1600 and S3200 standards, running at 1.6Gbps and 3.2Gbps each.

The new IEEE 1394 standards will use the same connectors as FireWire 800 and will be fully compatible with the previous standard. TG Daily's got the scoop:

Down the road, it is expected that IEEE 1394 will scale up to 6.4 Gb/s.

Firewire and i.Link desperately need the upgrade in order to remain competitive with USB, which will receive an upgrade to 4.8 Gb/s in version 3.0.

The IEEE says the IEEE 1394-2008 spec will become available in October. The USB 3.0 spec is expected to be published by the end of this year.

Which leaves only one question: USB 3.0, or FireWire? Make your case in TalkBack.

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