1394 Goes Wireless - Gigawire

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
From MacCentral:

The 1394 Trade Association, an organization dedicated to the proliferation of the FireWire standard, announced today that it's passed an important hurdle when it comes to delivering wireless FireWire content. The organization today announced that it would support a content protection scheme employed by leading electronics manufacturers.

The 1394 Trade Association's Wireless Working Group (WWG) is chartered to deliver the industry standard into the wireless domain. Initially, the WWG is working on developing a 1394 Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL) to the IEEE 802.11 standard. 802.11b is commonly used by computer makers for wireless networking, including Apple -- whose AirPort products support the standard.

Today the WWG announced that it has "resolved the issue of commercial entertainment content protection" for devices that employ support for its 1394 PAL for 802.11. WWG chair Steve Bard explained that Digital Transmission Content Protection, or DTCP, is an approved standard for content protection in wired 1394 environments. "The WWG 1394 PAL facilitates the use of data protected by DTCP across 802.11," said Bard.

The news has won approval from the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator, LLC (DTLA). Also called "5C," the organization is comprised of electronics giants Hitachi, Sony, Intel, Matsushita and Toshiba, and serves as the licensing arm for their DTCP standard. DTCP helps to protect unauthorized interception and retransmission of digital video and audio content.

Sounds like gigawire is coming!!!!!


  • Reply 1 of 13
    kidredkidred Posts: 2,402member
    And we know to be Gigawire because?
  • Reply 2 of 13
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    now what speeds would this offer?

    if it isn't 100mb/sec or faster it isn't even worth the trouble.
  • Reply 3 of 13
    bigcbigc Posts: 1,224member
    Can't be any faster than 802.11b or whichever one they use , can it?
  • Reply 4 of 13
    [quote]Originally posted by applenut:

    <strong>now what speeds would this offer?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Well, I think (correct me if I'm wrong) 802.11b is stuck at 11Mb/s so my take on this is a 802.11b chipset connected to a Firewire device. Since these devices don't need a host, it might be able to use the wireless with ease (I don't really know). Now this could be called Gigawire since its FireWIRE over a GIGAHz signal (2.4GHz to be exact).

    Will it be worth the effort? I doubt it, but I'm rarely right so....
  • Reply 5 of 13
    big macbig mac Posts: 480member
    All of that copy protection crap seems like it could weigh this new specification down and kill it before it has a chance in the market. Very interesting find though. . .
  • Reply 6 of 13
    haraldharald Posts: 2,152member
    I can't see Apple using the word "wire" in a wireless technology personally.

    Interesting story though.
  • Reply 7 of 13
    retiariusretiarius Posts: 142member
    thanx to the ghost of nikola tesla,

    gigawire should offer power transmission over

    the luminiferous 802.11b aether, as well.
  • Reply 8 of 13
    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    maybe AirFire

    or FireAir

    or HotAir...

    HotAir Balloon data transportaion technology?

  • Reply 9 of 13
    screedscreed Posts: 1,077member
    SSSMOKE! (no Fire)

  • Reply 10 of 13
    blizaineblizaine Posts: 239member
    If Sony adopts it, it will be called "missingLink".
  • Reply 11 of 13
    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    Actually, the idea of Smoke is good,

    yet, the marketing would be bad. Smoking is a negative thing in todays society and Fire is good because it give you heat and comfort. Maybe , i dont know,FireWireless

    apple would do something better.

    Gigawire would not make sense for something that does not have WIRES...apple knows better...iHope at least
  • Reply 12 of 13
    nitridenitride Posts: 100member
    As usual you all missed the point.

    This is to protect content carried up from a device via 1394 and then transmitted over WiFi so it can't be captured and saved/watched by someone else (who probably didn't pay for the rights to the content).

    This is not wireless FireWire, this is 1394 content (typ. digital video of some sort) that gets transferred over the airwaves via AirPort or WiFi.

    AirPort is wireless Ethernet, its not FireWire. Wireless FireWire is something entirely different.
  • Reply 13 of 13
    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    I was just talking about the name! <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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