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TI, Unibrain to offer FireWire kit for motherboard apps

Posted: 03 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:turnkey 1394b? firewire? tsb81ba3? tsb82aa2? motherboard?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and Unibrain have agreed to provide a turnkey 1394b (FireWire) development kit for use in a variety of peripheral and motherboard applications. TI has licensed Unibrain's ubCore version 4.0 FireWire driver suite that will be bundled with TI's 1394b chipset (TSB82AA2 and TSB81BA3).

"Software availability and support for 1394b has been one of the key barriers to rapid market adoption of this high-performance serial bus, and we have now eliminated that barrier," said Zephra Freeman, marketing manager, PC connectivity, TI. "To support the growing demand for 1394b and to ensure interoperability, TI is making these drivers available at no charge to our customers."

"We are working very closely with TI and Unibrain to find creative ways to further accelerate the adoption of 1394 for peripheral products as well as motherboards, said James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association. "With the upcoming release of 1394c (1394 and Ethernet combined) and wireless 1394, we are anticipating large demand for 1394 based products."

The Unibrain driver stack, already in use by major motherboard manufacturers, is a set of low-level drivers with a top-down layered structure that provides the physical interface to various 1394 devices.

The ubCore combined with FireAPI (Unibrain's 1394 Development Toolkit), provides software developers a powerful set of functions and tools, in kernel or user mode, to help integrate 1394 technology into products.

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