IEEE1394 (also known as FireWire or iLink) specifies a high speed serial bus for multi media and industrial applications. With a data rate of up to 800 MBit/sec (respective up to 3.2 GBit/sec in future) and the possibility of guaranteed real time transmissions, IEEE1394 is the perfect choice for a large range of applications. The bus can be operated via copper (cable length up to 4.5 m) and via optical cables (cable length up to 1000 m).
Microsoft Windows enables a basic implementation of IEEE1394. In order to control IEEE1394 devices, an additional IEEE1394 device driver or an IEEE1394 bus driver is required.

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Ethernet is a data transfer protocol for local area networks (LANs) and was developed by Xerox in 1972.
The IEEE802.3 standard specifies the characteristics of Ethernet. Its access method is CSMA/CD (Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection). Depending on the field of application, the current transfer rates range from 10 MBit/sec to 10 GBit/sec.
Mainly twisted pair and fibre optical cables are used as connection cables.
Due to its simple installation and service as well as due to its low costs, Ethernet is the most commonly used bus system for private users and the industry.

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PROFINET is a communication bus for process automation. It is based on Ethernet technology and was developed as replacement for hitherto existing communication busses like PROFIBUS DP, DeviceNet and INTERBUS.

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DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) is the generic term for digital TV transmissions. Thereby the data which is broadcasted is coded with MPEG-2. Especially since the switch of terrestrial transmitters from analogue to digital broadcasting, DVB is gaining more and more importance.
The following data transfer modes are distinguished:

  • DVB-C: data transfer via cable
  • DVB-S: data transfer via satellite
  • DVB-T: data transfer via terrestrial transmitter
For Windows, Microsoft has defined the BDA (Broadcast Driver Architecture), which is used together with other technologies like DirectShow and AVStream for DVB.

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