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Components - IEEE-1394 (Firewire)

     IEEE-1394 (Firewire) is quickly proving to become the cost-effective, daisy-chainable alternative to SCSI-based drive systems. With the correct hardware, the performance and reliability is as good or better than what SCSI has a reputation for.

IEEE-1394 (Firewire) Host Adapter

Host Adapters

Most cards available on the market will work fine, but cards manufactured with the following chipsets are known to work with no problems:
   · NEC
   · Texas Instruments

Manufacturers using these chipsets are:
   · Adaptec
   · Maxtor
   · Orange Micro
   · Western Digital

Bridge Boards

These boards can be plugged into the back of ATAPI drives, directly to the male IDE connector. In a multiple drive configuration, all of the ATAPI drives plus their bridge boards can be chained together, with one leadout cable to the IEEE-1394 Firewire) Host Adapter. The number of drives that can be daisy-chained to one Host Adapter varies depending on system configuration and the drives that are being used, but 4-8 drives is a reasonable approximation. Some customers have been able to get up to 10 drives to work on a single daisy-chain. The better quality drives used in this scenario will generate better results.

IEEE-1394 (Firewire)-to-ATAPI Bridge Board

IEEE-1394 (Firewire) Cable for Daisy-Chaining


There are many companies today that offer a wide array of IEEE-1394 (Firewire) products for complete integration into systems. We've found that IOI Technology Corporation of Taiwan manufacturers the best components for integrators to use in systems and resellers to make available on the market. IOI Technology offers practical solutions that come with reliability and durability.


Host Adapters can be found just about anywhere, but other products shown on this page are not manufactured in the United States and can be difficult to locate. The list below might not show availability in your country, but that does not mean they are not available in your country. You can contact manufacturers like IOI Technology Corporation to see if their products are being distributed in your country by resellers. Feel free to contact Technical Support if you know of any resellers making IOI Technology products available in other countries.


IOI Technology Corporation

» http://www.ioi1394.com/

All products mentioned on this page, along with a wide arrange of related and specialized products are available directly from IOI Technology Corporation.

United States


» http://fwdepot.com/thestore/default.php?manufacturers_id=6

FWDepot.com carries the full line of IOI Technology products, including all bridge boards, drive bays, expander boards, and host adapters.



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