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Fast1394 card supports IEEE-1394b serial bus

Posted: 09 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:parvus? fast1394 card? ieee-1394b controller module? firewire bus?

Parvus Corp. released a 3-port IEEE-1394b controller module designed for high-speed data acquisition across the FireWire bus for audio, video and storage peripherals in embedded computer systems.

The new Fast1394 card supports the advanced features of the high performance IEEE-1394b (2002) serial bus with data transfer rates of up to 800Mbps over three plug-and-play bilingual cable ports galvanically isolated between the transceiver and link controller.

While remaining fully backwards compatibility with earlier IEEE-1394a and IEEE-1394 devices, the PC/104-Plus form-factor card is fully compliant with the Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI) v1.1 specification and is built with reliable link layer and physical controllers, which integrate intelligent power management capabilities, deep transmit and receive FIFOs (to buffer 1394 data), as well as enhancements to better support digital video and MPEG data stream reception and transmission.

Supporting hot pluggable connections, the card provides automatic detection and configuration. It has an onboard auxiliary power connector for extra power input from the system power supply to the 1394b connectors and is capable of supplying up to 45W of power to external peripherals via a 1394 cable. The unit requires a single 5V power supply and comes in standard and extended temperature versions.

According to the company, the Fast1394, when combined with a Parvus PC/104-Plus CPU module, provides OEMs and system integrators with a powerful, complete computing solution designed for applications that take advantage of IEEE-1394b technology to transfer high levels of data. Target applications include real-time industrial control and manufacturing automation, digital video and multimedia data acquisition, portable/mobile data storage, medical/industrial imaging, in-vehicle electronics networking, simulation, robotics and aviation computing systems.

The product is priced at $137 each in 100-unit quantities and is expected to be in stock by late Q3/early Q4 2004. Additional information are available online.

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