FireWire

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by decdonald, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. decdonald macrumors newbie

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    FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or iLink) is for connecting external devices like hard disk or audio/video interfaces or video cameras to a computer.

    It has its own controller on the motherboard/logicboard, contrary to USB (which uses the CPU), and can sustain data rates from 35 MB/s (FW 400) to almost 70 MB/s (FW 800) constantly.

    Every Mac since the end of the 90ies had one of those, except now the MacBook (Unibody).

    For further reading: Wiki, Google
     
  3. decdonald thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In the future, will MacBook (Unibody) also have FireWire?
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    apple dropped firewire from the base unibody macbook. I doubt they will put it back. the white macbook still has firewire.
     
  5. decdonald thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What can we use to replace FireWire? USB 2.0?
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    USB 2 doesn't exactly replace FW, but it is the substitute.
     

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