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Texas Instruments and Unibrain Deliver Turnkey 1394b Development Kit

Licensing Agreement Enables Widespread Adoption of 1394b Serial Bus

Aug 1, 2005

DALLAS (August 1, 2005) --- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] and Unibrain (Reuters: UNBr.AT) today announced an agreement that will provide a turnkey 1394b (FireWire®) development kit for use in a variety of peripheral and motherboard applications. TI has licensed Unibrain's ubCoreTM version 4.0 FireWire driver suite that will be bundled with TI's 1394b chipset (TSB82AA2 and TSB81BA3). (See www.ti.com/unibrainpr for more information.)
"Software availability and support for 1394b has been one of the key barriers to rapid market adoption of this high-performance serial bus, and we have now eliminated that barrier," said Zephra Freeman, marketing manager, PC connectivity, TI. "To support the growing demand for 1394b and to ensure interoperability, TI is making these drivers available at no charge to our customers."
"We are working very closely with TI and Unibrain to find creative ways to further accelerate the adoption of 1394 for peripheral products as well as motherboards, said James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association. "With the upcoming release of 1394c (1394 and Ethernet combined) and wireless 1394, we are anticipating large demand for 1394 based products."

The Unibrain driver stack, already in use by major motherboard manufacturers, is a set of low-level drivers with a top-down layered structure that provides the physical interface to various 1394 devices. It includes the following unique advantageous features:

  • Full and native 1394b support at 800Mbps 
  • Full 1394b CAT5 (100Mbps) and POF (200Mbps) support 
  • Complete 1394a and 1394b SBP2 disk support 
  • Complete 1394a and 1394b IIDC camera support

The ubCore combined with FireAPI


 (Unibrain's 1394 Development Toolkit), provides software developers a powerful set of functions and tools, in kernel or user mode, to help integrate 1394 technology into products. 

"Unibrain is excited to work with the industry leader in interface technologies to deliver a truly complete hardware and software solution for the 1394b protocol," said George Zachopoulos, managing director of Unibrain S.A.

About Unibrain

Unibrain is a global leader in the development of FireWire (IEEE-1394) hardware and software solutions, and offers a complete line of FireWire computer and consumer products for a wide range of applications. Unibrain has been an active member of the 1394 Trade Association since 1997 and continues to play a vital role in the advancement of FireWire technology. Unibrain recently expanded to new developments in storage and multimedia technologies.

About TI 1394

TI provides a complete 1394 (FireWire) product line, enabling the creation of new markets, applications and products to meet consumer demands. For designer needs, TI has the industry's most extensive library of 1394 technical resources, including detailed data sheets, application reports, designer kits and a growing network of third-party solution providers.