Feeds

Intel invests in Zayante – sign of support for 1394?

Noÿ

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Intel's investments division has just pumped an undisclosed sum into IEEE 1394 systems developer Zayante. But is it really, as Cahners' Electronic News Online suggests, a sign of Chipzilla's support for the connectivity standard?

ENO seems to think so, but it's a tenuous argument. Intel - like many wealthy hi-tech companies - puts spare cash to work by investing in a number of opportunities, many of them companies in areas it expects to develop into important markets. Last year, Intel made headlines by investing in various Linux operations - though since then the chip maker may have come to question the wisdom of buying Linux stock.

The Zayante investment follows the pattern. Intel has always said 1394 - aka FireWire and iLink - has a part to play in the consumer electronics space.

"Zayante has played a major roles in the development of the IEEE 1394 family of standards and with an extensive portfolio of 1394 technology, is now poised to make a major contribution to the fast growing 1394 market," was how Intel VP and CTO Pat 'Kicking' Gelsinger put it in Intel's statement on the matter.

However, Gelsinger's interest in 1394 has always been lukewarm. He prefers to tout his own company's 'alternative' bus, USB, and has frequently evangelised that technology as the future of PC-to-peripheral connectivity - and driven its development as a rival to 1394.

The ENO story - a thinly veiled puff for Cahners' research services - reckons the Zayante investment is a sign Chipzilla is getting off the fence on 1394. Why? Because it reckons the company now feels it's going to have to work with all connectivity standards, not just the ones it invented.

Yes, Intel will have to work in an increasingly 1394-connected world, but it doesn't follow that the Zayante investment is an indication the chip maker is going to do so, or that it's going to be any less fervent in promoting USB 2.0 to potential 1394 licensees.

In any case, Intel is already part of the 1394 patent pool - it snuck in around 18 months ago - so arguably doesn't need Zayante to give it a foothold in the 1394 world. That said, it may have since quit.

The proof of Intel's genuine support for 1394 won't come from the work of its in-house stock market watchers - it will come from Gelsinger and co. promoting a roadmap that has FireWire as an equal partner to USB. But we don't expect to see it anytime soon. ®

Related Stories

Intel missing from 1394 patent pool, believed lost
Intel still stuck on the FireWire fence
Intel leaves 1394 out in cold, USB 2.0 exposed to desert glare
Intel back-tracks on IEEE1394 support
Intel snubs IEEE 1394 for USB 2.0

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.