The IEEE 1394 standard also known as Firewire or i-Link, which was developed by Apple in the late 80s, is said to get a speed boost before the end of the year.
The IEEE 1394 interface wasn't able to beat USB although it is faster.
As TGDaily reports, the IEEE Committee (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) recently accepted the IEEE 1394 2008 specification, which is supposed to enable a data transfer rate of up to 3.2 Gbit per second and to be compatible with the two older versions that run at 400 respectively 800 Megabit per second.
Thereby the interface, mainly used with Apple systems and digital cameras, could compete with USB 3.0, which is said to be released at the end of the year, too. Nevertheless, the new Universal Serial Bus is, with up to 4.8 Gigabit per second, still a little fast that the new Firewire.