Advansys IEEE1394 Adapter Card Review
The business of
supplying the soon to be ballooning demand for FireWire compatibility
is not something to be underestimated. With data transfers of up
to 400Mbits/s to external FireWire capable devices, the race is on bring out the
best package, based on the least materials. Advansys has managed to do just
this, by basing their IEEE1394 adapter card on a singe OHCI host controller.
Sort of an all-in-one deal. The trick is that while managing to cut down materials costs, they have also managed to produce a card that out performs our reference IEEE1394 adapter card.
IEEE1394 PCI host adapter card comes with a driver CD containing Super 1394 software,
one FireWire cable to connect video devices and illustrated instructions.
Cost is about
What you get
In our case when we cracked open the box
were interested to see we had our hands on what looked like an engineering
sample. There are no real differences between this card and the ones you may end
up getting, except for some minor labeling. Along with the card comes a copy
of Super 1394, basically a utilitarian version of Video Studio, a video
editing package. The FireWire cable is about 5" long and connects the standard IEEE1394 to
the micro-IEEE1394 jack which comes standard on many of today's digital still
cameras, digital video cameras, and other multimedia devices.
Probably one of the most enticing features of IEEE1394
is the amount of devices which can be connected on single port. Up to 63 devices
can be "daisy-chained together with a maximum of 16 hops of up to 4.5 meters
between each device." If we are talking external hard drives for a moment that
is potentially one very large mass of storage going through one relatively small
With 75Gig IBM hard drives in mind, that could
equate to 4.73 Terabytes of storage....