FireWire has been around for a long item now, though it has not been as mainstream as USB. FireWire is still a commonly used method for connecting devices like camcorders and external storage to a PC. FireWire is also known as IEEE 1394 standard.
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The standard is set to get a speed increase of four times this year. The new standard will bring S1600 and S320 with theoretical transfer speeds of 1.6GB/s and 3.2GB/s using existing cables and connections for backwards compatibility.
The 1394 Trade Association says that with the new specifications users will see no benefit for speed between FireWire and eSATA. When the next USB standard, USB 3.0, emerges in 2010 FireWire will need speed boosts again to compete.
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