Firewire System Architecture, Second Edition (IEEE 1394a) (2nd ed.)


Series: PC System Architecture Series

The FireWire (IEEE 1394) standard for high-speed serial bus communications has come to the forefront as an important technology supporting today's emerging data-intensive applications.

FireWire System Architecture provides an in-depth description of the IEEE 1394a standard including the cable environment, arbitration enhancements, improvements in the bus timing, new PHY register definition and port interface enhancements to support suspend/resume and port disable.

The book also describes the various hardware and software layers that make up the FireWire serial bus and provides transaction examples to explain and illustrate the relationship between each layer.

It explores such essential topics as:

  • Architecture Overview
  • Transaction, Link and Physical Layers
  • Asynchronous vs. Isochronous Transfers
  • Cable and Electrical Interface
  • Control and Status Register
  • Configuration ROM
  • Tree Identification and Power Management based on the "a" supplement to the IEEE 1394.1995 specification (1394a).

    Numerous sample implementations throughout the book demonstrates how theory is put to use in real-world applications. This combination of comprehensive reference, readable explanation, and examples make this guide indispensable for anyone who works with the IEEE 1394a technology.

    The PC System Architecture Series is a crisply written and comprehensive set of guides to the most important PC hardware standards. Each title is designed to illustrate the relationship between the software and hardware, and thoroughly explains the architecture, features, and operation of systems built using one particular type of chip or hardware specification.

    Recommended Prerequisites

    PC Platform Overview course or a strong understanding of PC architecture.

    • Addison-Wesley Longman; January 1999
    • ISBN: 9780201485356
    • Edition: 2
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    • Title: Firewire System Architecture, Second Edition (IEEE 1394a)
    • Series: PC System Architecture Series
    • Author: Don Anderson
    • Imprint: Addison-Wesley Longman