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man pages section 7: Device and Network Interfaces

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Updated: July 2017



ieee1394, firewire, 1394 - Solaris IEEE-1394 Architecture


IEEE-1394 provides a means for interconnecting devices in computer and home entertainment systems. (The IEEE-1394 architecture is also known as Firewire, an Apple Computer trademark, and i.Link, a Sony trademark). The most common IEEE-1394 devices are digital camcorders, mass-storage devices and cameras (including webcam-type devices). For more information on USB, refer to the 1394 Trade Association website at http://www.1394ta.org.

The Solaris IEEE-1394 architecture supports up to 63 hot-pluggable IEEE-1394 devices per IEEE-1394 bus. The maximum data transfer rate is 400 Mbits, depending on the capabilities of the attached device.

The Solaris IEEE-1394 architecture supports devices implementing a number of different specifications. The basic behavior of the IEEE-1394 bus is described in the IEEE 1394-1995 and IEEE 1394a-2000 specifications.

IEEE-1394 host controllers implementing the 1394 Open Host Controller Interface specification are supported. Camcorders implementing the IEC 61883 and 1394 Trade Association AV/C specifications are supported. Mass-storage devices implementing the ANSI SBP-2 specification are supported. Digital cameras implementing the 1394 Trade Association 1394-based Digital Camera (IIDC) specification are supported.


Listed below are drivers and modules which either utilize or are utilized by the Solaris IEEE-1394 architecture. Drivers in /kernel/drv are 32 bit drivers (only). Drivers in /kernel/drv/sparcv9 or /kernel/drv/amd64 are 64 bit drivers.

Support Module(s)


IEEE-1394 framework


IEEE-1394 framework


Serial Bus Protocol-2 (SBP-2)


Serial Bus Protocol-2 (SBP-2)

Target Driver


IEEE-1394 framework


IEEE-1394 framework


mass storage class


mass storage class


camcorder (AV/C) class


camcorder (AV/C) class


digital camera (IIDC) class


digital camera (IIDC) class

Host Controller Interface Driver(s)


Open HCI


Open HCI


See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

PCI-based systems
driver/firewire, driver/firewireh, driver/graphics/av1394, driver/storage/scsa1394, driver/storage/sbp2, driver/graphics/dcam1394, driver/graphics/dcam1394u

See Also

attributes(5), av1394(7D), dcam1394(7D), hci1394(7D), scsa1394(7D), iec61883(7I)


IEEE 1394a Specification – 1394 Trade Association, 2000

IEEE 1394 Specification – 1394 Trade Association, 1995


Booting from IEEE-1394 mass-storage devices is not supported, but may be possible if supported by the BIOS of the computer system.