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Mindready to Migrate to 1394b Multimedia Standard

Company Rides the High Speed Wave (July 10, 2001)
Mindready Solutions Inc. today announced it is adopting the high-speed 1394b multimedia bus, an upgraded version of the IEEE-1394 standard, recently introduced by the 1394 Trade Association.

The new 1394b specification is a new version of the IEEE-1394/FireWire high-speed communication standard used in networking. This new standard supports greater bandwidth, distance and price savings over the current version of IEEE-1394. IEEE-1394 standard currently supports up to 400 Mbps and can span up to 4.5 meters between nodes. 1394b will at least double its speed (first between 800 Mbps and 1.6 Gbps then up to 3.2 Gbps) and extends 1394 networks over greater distances (up to 100 meters node-to-node distance) by supporting additional media. 1394b features also the advantage of backward compatibility with all prior versions of IEEE-1394.

The new version will supplement the original IEEE-1394 specifications and will lead to expanded adoption of the standard in additional applications such as automotive in-vehicle multimedia applications that will allow drivers to plug consumer electronics devices into a car infotainment system and benefit from this high-speed technology.

Mindready is currently migrating its product portfolio to be 1394b compliant. Its suite of 1394-based software, including stacks and high-level protocols, is already available to integrate into 1394b. Mindready is working closely with semiconductor manufacturers to come out with powerful 1394b hardware products. Mindready is committed to carrying on promoting the adoption of 1394-based technology among the fast-growing automotive and advanced electronics manufacturers where the potential is very attractive.

Mindready has been working in close relationship with some of its strategic customers, who are already deeply involved in developing their next generation products based on 1394b-compliant applications, in order to simplify and accelerate their migration to 1394b standard with minimum changes.

About Mindready Solutions Inc.
Mindready is a supplier of test engineering services and real-time communications solutions for embedded systems for the telecommunications, aerospace and automotive industries. More information about Mindready and its products and services can be found at

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