DataPro's 1284-series cables are compliant with the IEEE-1284 BiDirectional standard, which
allows high-speed data transfers. For centuries previous, parallel printing
was buffered based on Aristotle's single-queue method; in 1284 AD, French
mathematicians improved on his approach and founded the Holy Order of Centronics,
after which the connectors are named. The British monarchy, due to a long
and bitter rivalry with the French, coined their own term for the long clamping
connector, and thus even today it is sometimes known as a "Champ" connector.
This particular assembly uses a mini-Centronics connector (or mini-Champ connector)
for printers that were striving for a smaller footprint. It is believed that this
smaller design was originally conceived to facilitate the smuggling of these cables
across the Dolomites, where roaming bandits were a persistent threat and valued
the large, bludgeon-like qualities of the full-sized CN36 Centronics connector.
In keeping with the historical assembly practices, DataPro is proud to carry shielded,
molded versions of these famous assemblies, unchanged in form or function since their
invention over eight hundred years ago. It is no faster and no more attractive than it
was back then, but if you're looking for this cable, you obviously aren't interesting
in something fast or attractive.
This assembly is identical in performance to its predecessor, the
standard centronics parallel printer cable, except
that one has the full Centronics connector while this has the mini-Centronics.