Quantum wants to establish Firewire
Quantum tries to bring the IEEE1394 interface into the mass market with what it claims to be the first Firewire hard disk specification. Quantum's goal is to establish A/V hard drives for digital video recorders, set-top boxes and game consoles. According to the
specification, corresponding hard disks will be able to control the data flow independently without a host controller. Both DV and MPEG formats can be fed in directly through the Firewire interface. It is now up to the device manufacturers whether Firewire will prevail. The cooperation with Panasonic is already in full swing. In July, Panasonic presented the video editing system DV Editor, which uses the Firewire interface and should make expensive computers that serve the same purpose superfluous.