Texas Instruments Mobile Computing Business Supports 1394 High Performance Serial Bus; The 1394 Serial Bus Ideal to Support Both PC Peripherals and Consumer Electronic Devices.
The 1394 bus provides users a simple, reliable, foolproof way to connect personal computers to traditional peripherals such as hard disk drives, printers, CD-ROMs, and scanners, as well as various digital consumer electronic products such as digital cameras, camcorders, VCRs, high definition TVs, and stereo systems. The high speed capability of the 1394 bus allows users to view full motion video and audio while at the same time communicating with other computers and peripheral devices. The 1394 bus brings a standardized way to communicate with consumer video and audio electronics, thus allowing users to control all equipment with one simple interface. With this merging of personal computer and consumer devices, users will be able to create and edit both audio and video material in one easily connected system of personal computers and various consumer equipment.
The 1394 bus employs a scaleable architecture with current data transfer rates up to 400 megabits per second, and work is underway to define specifications of multi-gigabit per second transfer rates. Thus, using the currently defined 6 pin plug, the same connection can be used for both low and high speed connections providing a single, easy to make "Plug and Play" connection across the home, office, and industry today and in the future. In addition, the 1394 bus has the advantage of carrying both the signal and the power source to most products. Therefore, connections are made using one simple 6 pin plug with no additional wire connections required.
"Texas Instruments long list of award winning notebook computers is a result of using technology to provide the customer with additional functionality which has real value," said Dave Richardson, Senior VP and Manger of TI's Mobile Computing and Office Solutions business. "Being the first major manufacturer to introduce PCI bus architecture in its notebooks and having introduced a chip set to link 1394 to a PCI bus, Texas Instruments intends to maintain its leadership position by supporting 1394 and providing the bandwidth users will need when integrating video and sound applications into their notebook computers.
"The IEEE 1394 bus interface simply provides users with tremendous convenience, ease of use, flexibility and value. The speed and 63 isochronous channels are available to support full motion video and sound. The convenience is there to connect PC peripherals, consumer electronics devices, and even to make computer-to-computer connections. The ease of use is provided by a single plug that carries both signal data and a power source and allows hot docking and plug and play. Thus, for low power devices, the user simply connects one plug with no need to plug into the AC power supply. With its low cost, 1394 is the ideal high speed serial bus to support the emerging digital video and audio PC applications. The 1394 bus's inherent scaleability ensures we have a path for high speed data connection that lives on in the future. We are looking forward to video and audio products of the future which demand unparalleled bandwidth while at the same time providing the customer unheard of ease of connection," Richardson concluded.
Texas Instruments Semiconductor Group and Personal Productivity Products business also play a highly active role in the 1394 Trade Association. This Association comprises a mix of prominent personal computer as well as the leading consumer electronic manufacturers. Adopting the byline, "The Multimedia Connection," the 1394 Trade Association plans to use the 1394 bus as a natural bridge between their respective products and provide users with a common, simple, reliable, and low cost means of connecting a wide variety of digital products in the home and office.
"IEEE 1394 provides the bandwidth to connect PCs to multimedia and consumer electronic appliances like digital cameras and digital VCRs," said Carl Stork, Director of Windows Platforms at Microsoft. "We are pleased that TI is taking a leadership role in making 1394 available to mobile computer users."
For more information on the capabilities of the 1394 bus, call 1-800-TI-TEXAS (1-800-848-3927) to receive a complimentary copy of the "1394 High Performance Serial Bus" TI Product Bulletin.
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