Firewire SDK Available

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    In an effort to push Firewire's adoption, CNet reports on Apple's announcement of the FireWire Reference Platform 1.0.

    MacCentral provides more details:\

    Targeted to device manufacturers, Apple released the kit so developers could add to the variety of peripherals and consumer electronic products available to consumers today.

    This SDK is a product of Apple's acquisition of Zayante, Inc in April.
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    So what does this mean in the way of FW2? Unless it is supported in this release I guess we won't be seeing it in the new Powermacs :(
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    All this means is that it will be easier for hardware developers to integrate FireWire into their products.

    This, along with the iPod for Windows, may spark new reason for integration into the Windows world.

    Hopefully, someone will come up with new devices which need a high speed interface. Digital TV would be the most likely application. Digital VCRs already use FireWire along with Digital Video cameras.
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2001

    i want the iPod to be one of the few mp3 players with firewire support... i want the others to be so slow that no one wants to use them. hmph, im gonna pout now.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2002
    Winter Park, FL
    Re: booooooo

    Don't worry, the iPod will still be the best ;)

  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    does this mean we can program an ipod?

    Can this SDK will help us to develop our own applications for iPod like devices? say like a new game for iPod?
    Apple is upto something, they are really pushing the technology further..
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    about frickin time!

    firewire is one of the best technologies to come out of Apple R&D and Apple has done very little to market it. The 1394 trade association licensing the Firewire name and logo was the first step. Now, this "kicks it up another notch."

    BTW, the new Nomad 3 from Creative Labs comes with this interface they call "SB1394" and they say it's "IEEE 1394 compatible." Strange, I didn't know there was some new standard that's derivative of firewire. Anyone heard of this?

    Nomad 3 link
  8. macrumors demi-god


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Re: about frickin time!

    $20 is it's just Creative Labs name for Firewire. Just like Sony has "i.LINK" Creative has "SB1394."

  9. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Good stuff from Apple

    This SDK used to cost money. Now it's free. I don't think it matters regarding FW2 because many manufacturers will only use half of the current speed of FW today. Denon, Pioneer and others will be coming out with A/V gear with FW connections for DVD Audio. I can't wait until this comes out.
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2001
    Re: Good stuff from Apple

    No it isnt free!!!! read the EULA :-
    ""This Evaluation License does not grant a license to incorporate the FireWire Reference Platform, any portion of it, or any Modification into any board, module, integrated circuit, macrocell, core or other assemble or device. To obtain a license to develop or distribute assemblies incorporating the FireWire Reference Platform or Modifications, visit""

    note the word "EVALUATION"!! If this is more of the liberal use of the word 'free' for headline grabbing purposes, I think I'll cry!
  11. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2002
    i wouldn't be surprised if most developers can obtain a free license for development; it's just that apple would like to keep tabs on who's doing it, for a number of possible reasons.

    why not contact software licensing and find out?

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