DapTechnology demonstrated the world’s first high speed S3200 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireWire system-on-a-chip (SOC) solution at VISION 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany. The demonstration showed video data being transported from a Xilinx development board through a 10 meter standard FireWire cable to a PCI Express board within a host computer. The company is spearheading this development with support from Point Grey as a result of growing market need for higher speed IEEE 1394b technology at a time when comparable silicon-based solutions are non-existent.
The DapTechnology 3.2 Gigabit 1394b PHY IP will initially be available on a Xilinx FPGA. It features a 1394b standards-compliant PHY IP boasting throughput rates of up to 3.2 Gigabits per second — a performance gain of up to 4 times that of the currently available IEEE 1394b-2002 and Gigabit Ethernet standards.
The 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b SOC Solution suite, which is expected to be released commercially by the end of December 2010, will include the DapTechnology 3.2 Gigabit compliant IEEE 1394b PHY IP, FireLink Extended Link Layer Controller IP core, a 3.2 Gigabit Peripheral Development Board, a 4-lane PCI Express Host Adapter and a 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireSpy Analyzer. An S1600 1.6 Gigabit version of the suite is expected to be available by the end of April 2010.