Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by MacRumors, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    A quick search at the United States Petent and Trademark Office pulls up a new trademark application from Apple (filed on September 5, 2001) called Gigawire.

    Telecommunication services; cellular telephone communication; Communication by computer terminals, communication by telephone, facsimile transmission; providing of electronic mail (E-Mail); computer aided transmission of messages and images; communication between computer peripherals and devices; information about telecommunication.

    True, true, unrelated? or not?
  2. Newton-Man macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2001
    Scammonden, UK
    Gigawire Connection

    May it be that this GigaWire technology could like the "New Digital Device" to your mac???



  3. t^3 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2001
    Just guessing...

    but could this be a variation of 'FireWire'? The names both end with 'Wire'. But if GigaWire is indeed a connection method, wouldn't new hardware be required, or it might be some kind of wireless connection.
  4. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR

    Gigawire could be the 800Mbs firewire that's supposed to come out in the relatively near future.
  5. ebound macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2001
    EGV, IL
    Re: Firewire2?

    But why would it be registered under a patent for cell phone communication? That's kinda odd. The same goes for the telecommunication one.
  6. bradbower macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2001
    Omaha, NE
    I've seen some strange descriptions when categorizing patents, but from the looks of things, if implemented, GigaWire is much more than just a faster FireWire bus... But the point is moot, we all have to wait until the 23rd. Right, Andrew? :)
  7. Mr. Sparkle Guest

    Airport 2?

    Sounds to me like a new, vastly faster Airport!

    Woo hoo would that be cool!

    P.S. I am disrespectful to dirt.
  8. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    I get the feeling that Gigawire is not the same as Firewire.. Just read the two service marks they are totally different... This is something else... Also this *ISN'T* a patent, Gigawire is a 'service mark'/'trademark'.

    Very different...

    802.11 = Patent / AirPort = Service Mark

    IEEE 1394 = Patent / FireWire = Service Mark & iLink = Service Mark

    ?????? = Patent / Gigawire = Service Mark

    Now find out what the patent side of Gigawire and we just might be able to go somewhere with this...


    [Edited by DaveGee on 10-18-2001 at 07:24 PM]
  9. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    firewire 2/cell phones/gigawire?

    the cell phone and telecommunication part could possibly reflect the growing role of the cell phone in high tech as we move into the future and firewire 2? may be a solution

    maybe that's gigawire
  10. Mr. Sparkle Guest

    Read it again, please

    It sounds to me like a lot of these descriptors are just generic categories. I mean, really... do you think gigawire refers to a fax machine? Well, "facsimile transmission" is one of the things listed.

    It sounds more like they are covering their butts by selecting any and EVERY category that could possibly have anything to do with this gigawire thingy.

    All of these things sound like an internet connectivity thing. I mean, every one of those descriptors could apply to a cellular modem.

    My original guess was that it was a super-high-speed Airport (which would be wonderful!), but on further reflection, it seems more likely to be referring to something like the Handspring Treo or some such wireless internet device.

    There's still a chance it could be something like a gigabit Airport, though. Most of those descriptors would apply.

    The only weird thing is that it talks about "cellular" and it contains the word "wire." Not sure how to resolve that conflict....
  11. unreg Guest

    #11 says gigawire is the new, faster version of firewire...
  12. ThomasB macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2001

    If the word "wire" is in the name, why would it be wireless?


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