Intel cancels FireWire plans

Lack of demand has caused Intel Corporation to cancel its plans to add "FireWire" IEEE 1394 support to its next-generation motherboard designs. FireWire is a high-speed digital bus interface originally developed by Apple Computer as a way to aid high bandwidth video applications. For the PC, FireWire would have been used as the primary component of the Device Bay technology that allows peripherals to be hot-swapped (added and removed while the computer is on, without rebooting) out of a standardized open bay. The Device Bay specification was designed by Microsoft, Intel, and Compaq Computer.

Since Intel won't be adding native support for FireWire to its chipsets, computer companies will need to add this support themselves if they wish to use the technology in their systems. Add-in cards from a variety of companies are already available, but the lack of support from Intel suggests that universal support for the standard has come and gone. Like USB (Universal Serial Bus), FireWire got off to a slow start, though USB looks to be successful once Windows 98--with native USB support--arrives

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