Much faster than USB 1.0, IEEE 1394 Firewire can transfer data at up to 400Mb/s (50MB/s), which is falf aas fast as the new ATA100 standard used for internal storage. Despite its performance, IEEE 1394 is not currently meant as a competitor to ATA, but is targeted for external devices where hot-pluggable devices can either obtain their power from the port (six wire cables must be used) or be self-powered.
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