Designed for its high-speed (400Mbps) communication speed, DSPFirewire (IEEE 1394) is among the fastest serial protocols available. Because FireWire was designed to be versatile, it’s a natural fit for motion control. Among other features, FireWire supports a variety of flexible network topologies, making machine integration quicker and easier. FireWire also offers built-in error detection mechanisms. In addition to FireWire’s superior bandwidth, it offers synchronous operation at 8 kHz, which is guaranteed at the hardware level.