[opendtv] Re: The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations
- From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:10:24 +0000
Craig Birkmaier wrote:
FireWire was VERY necessary Bert. It provided the digital interface
needed to make "desktop video" a reality,
Hmmm, if the very vast majority of PC users did just fine without, one wonders
how it could have been "VERY necessary." On the contrary, DVI, followed by
HDMI, were much more in line with the more commonly used, backward compatible
interfaces that I'm talking about, which continue to be improved as needs
On the other hand, the article did point out how Wintel kept FireWire
from being widely deployed on the dominant PC platform.
The article I read placed much of the blame on Apple, actually. Although for
the most part, the only significant champion FireWire EVER had was Apple. Much
While Apple pioneered the use of this standard, the PC industry is
now getting on board.
Looks to me like Thunderbolt is merging with USB, adopting the USB-C connector.
Looks like a variable set of features for USB 3.1. USB 3.0 and 3.1 were always
meant to be updates of USB that would support connecting displays, growing up
from the early days of the USB for only keyboard, mouse, and printer interface.
This recent article sounds more realistic to me. And the one after that
describes USB-C, and its compatibility with USB 3.0 and 3.1, with passive
"Type-C connectors will be shipped in a variety of passive adapters (an earlier
version of this story erroneously asserted that such cables would not be
available, Extremetech regrets the error). The spec provides for passive
adapters with USB 3.0 / 3.1 on one end and USB Type-C on the other."
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