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IEEE 1394

IEEE 1394 or FireWire is the High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA) standard connection interface for audio/visual component communication and control. FireWire is also available in wireless, fiber optic, and coaxial versions using the isochronous protocols.

FireWire was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Apple. The 1394 interface is comparable with USB and often those two technologies are considered together, though USB has more market share. Apple first included FireWire in some of its 1999 models, and most Apple computers since the year 2000 have included FireWire ports.