Apple is to bring the development of FireWire high-speed data transfer technology back under its wing with the acquisition of Zayante.
The IEEE 1394 technology, still most commonly known by the Apple trademark name FireWire, is a high-speed serial input/output technology for connecting digital devices such as camcorders and cameras to desktop and portable computers.
FireWire was developed by Apple, and has been picked up by companies such as Sony, Canon, JVC and Kodak.
The acquisition is a key part of the company's Digital Hub strategy, the firm said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Zayante was started in 1996, under the name Firefly, by the inventors of FireWire after they left Apple.
Its chief technology officer, Michael Johas Teener, was the chief architect of the software, while Zayante's senior systems engineer Jay Hamlin also worked on FireWire at Apple.
Zayante currently bills itself as a one-stop shop for building FireWire hardware and software into digital devices.
President and chief executive Prashant Kanhere will join Apple to promote the adoption of the technology.
Analysts welcomed news of the deal. "Apple is one of the leading proponents of IEEE 1394 as an interface solution, and Zayante is a leading supplier of IEEE 1394 silicon and software. It's a good match," said Brian O'Rourke, senior analyst at Cahners In-Stat.
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