Beta Mode

Some articles on beta mode, beta:

Fire Wire - Standards and Versions - FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b-2002)
... via a new encoding scheme termed beta mode ... FireWire 800's connector, referred to as a beta connector, is different from FireWire 400's alpha connectors, making legacy cables incompatible. 400 megabytes/s) over beta-mode or optical connections up to 100 metres (330 ft) in length ...

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