The 1394 Trade Association (1394 TA) was formed to actively promote the continued development and proliferation of the IEEE 1394 serial bus standard. The 1394 TA served the interests of all member companies working to develop products and services related to 1394 in markets including automobiles, computers, consumer electronics, peripherals, aerospace, defense and industrial applications. The group was dedicated to developing a truly interoperable, standardized and universal i/o.
While 1394 continues to be used in several markets such as aerospace and defense, machine vision, pro audio, etc… the maturity of 1394 has reduced the need for an organization to promote 1394. Therefore in October 2015, the 1394 Trade Association board of directors voted to close official operations and provide a means to maintain 1394 documentation for the public.
The 1394 digital link standard was conceived in 1986 by technologists at Apple Computer, who chose the trademark ‘FireWire’, in reference to its speed of operation. The first specification for this link was completed in 1987. It was adopted in 1995 as the IEEE 1394 standard. IEEE-1394-2008 is the most current version of the standard, which supports asynchronous and isochronous data transmission with data rates ranging from 98.304mb/s (s100) to 3.932gb/s (s3200). A final version IEEE 1394, is expected to be released in 2016.
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