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 for Firewire
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  High Performance Serial Bus
  1394
  FireWire
  IEEE 1394
  I-Link
  
      (Or "{IEEE 1394") A 1995 Macintosh/{IBM
     PC serial bus interface standard offering isochronous
     real-time data transfer.
  
     1394 can transfer data between a computer and its peripherals at
     100, 200, or 400 Mbps, with a planed increase to 2 Gbps.
     Cable length is limited to 4.5 m but up to 16 cables can be
     daisy-chained yielding a total length of 72 m.
  
     It can daisy-chain together up to 63 peripherals in a tree-like
     structure (as opposed to SCSI's linear structure).  It allows
     peer-to-peer communication, e.g. between a scanner and a
     printer, without using system memory or the CPU.  It is
     designed to support plug-and-play and hot swapping.
  
     Its six-wire cable is not only more convenient than SCSI cables
     but can supply up to 60 watts of power, allowing low-consumption
     devices to operate without a separate power cord.
  
     Some expensive camcorders included this bus from 1995.  It is
     expected to be used to carry SCSI, with possible application to
     home automation using repeaters.
  
     Sony calls it I-Link, most people call it "FireWire".
  
     See also Universal Serial Bus, FC-AL.
  
     (2014-09-06)
  

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