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Apple Acquires Zayante

Acquisition lands some original FireWire developers back at Apple By Dave Nagel
According to a release issued today, Apple has acquired Zayante, a developer of FireWire technology. Zayante's president and CEO Prashant Kanhere will join Apple to promote the adoption of FireWire technology, according to the release.

"By acquiring Zayante, Apple is extending its commitment to FireWire as the premiere, high-speed digital interface solution," said Jon Rubinstein, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, in the statement. "FireWire is the best technology to connect digital devices that need to transfer lots of data quickly -- such as transferring an entire CD from your Mac to your iPod in less than a second."

Zayante provides FireWire hardware and software solutions, including silicon cores, software tools and system designs. The company was founded in 1996 by the primary developers of FireWire technology from Apple. In addition to its hardware products, Zayante offers an IEEE-1394 software product line including 1394 kernel and protocols (AV/C, SBP2, IP1394 and others). For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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