AUSTIN, Texas - April 3, 1996 - Skipstone(tm) announced today that it will provide low cost computer adapters supporting the IEEE 1394 interface. These adapters and their associated software will be available in the third quarter of 1996 and will provide a new price point for data intensive applications such as digital video editing.
Skipstone is pleased to see support of IEEE 1394 from the Microsoft Corporation as discussed at the WinHEC conference. Microsoft's concept of a "Simply Interactive PC" underlines the need to transport digital data quickly and inexpensively between computers and media peripherals.
The IEEE 1394 Serial Bus is revolutionizing the transport of digital data for consumer products, communications, and computers. By providing an affordable high-speed non-proprietary interconnection for all digital devices, a truly universal connection is available. Besides data transport speeds of 200 Mbps today and 400 Mbps by year end, IEEE 1394 provides guaranteed just-in-time multimedia data delivery with its isochronous data mode while delivering slower speed asynchronous data for command and control as well as attachment to legacy peripherals.
Gary Hoffman, Skipstone's CEO, is also chairman of the 1394 Trade Association, whose membership of over 40 companies is dedicated to accelerate the market adoption of IEEE 1394. Of special importance are the technical working groups that focus on refining the IEEE 1394 specification. The next meeting of the association is April 10-12 and is hosted by the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. Additional information about the 1394 Trade Association can be found at the association's Internet Web site at http://firewire.org.
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