Mauna Kea Selects DapTechnology FireLink IEEE 1394b Link Layer IP Core

DapTechnology, a world-leading supplier of advanced IEEE 1394 protocol analyzers & solutions to the aerospace, defense, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics markets announced that Mauna Kea Technologies, based in Paris (France) has selected the DapTechnology FireLink 1394b Link Layer IP Core and is currently integrating this technology as a key component of their CellVisio(R) molecular imaging product line. The FireLink IEEE 1394b Link Layer IP Core, which is currently available for Xilinx and Altera FPGA devices, is implemented in industry-standard VHDL code and targeted at applications requiring up to 800 Mbits/Sec of bandwidth and embedded designs requiring a general purpose Link Layer Controller.

Currently, the FireLink IEEE 1394b Link Layer IP Core provides facilities for transmitting and receiving 1394 packets, including asynchronous packets, isochronous packets and PHY packets, at speeds up to 800Mb/s. Future FireLink enhancements will enable support for 1.6 and 3.2 Gbits/Sec speeds, pending finalization and approval of the PHY/Link interface standard. DapTechnology markets two versions (Basic & Extended) of the FireLink 1394b Link Layer Controller IP Core. The Basic version is optimized for small core sizes, while the extended version, which leverages on DMA block transfer technology, is optimized for high throughput applications.

“A Compact, flexibility, re-usable, and configurable IEEE 1394b IP core is what customers need,” says Jan de Vries, CEO of DapTechnology. Mr. de Vries adds, “The FireLink IEEE 1394b Link Layer IP core provides an additional 1394 building block which aids in accelerating and simplifying the solution development process.”

The FireLink IEEE 1394b Link Layer IP Core and Evaluation Kits are currently shipping. Additional information on FireLink products and DapTechnology may be obtained by sending an e-mail to

About DapTechnology
DapTechnology is a company specializing in products, systems and solutions based on the IEEE 1394 Standard. Since it’s inception in 1998, the company has been working closely with the IEEE 1394 standards development organizations, strategic industry partners and key customers to develop world-class products employing IEEE 1394.

Both DapTechnology B.V. and DapUSA, Inc. are owned by DapHolding BV. DapUSA, based in Phoenix, AZ, was formed in 2005 to address the ever-growing North American market for IEEE 1394 systems and solutions.