IEEE 1394 FireWire

According to In-Stat, the peak year for IEEE 1394 devices is expected to be 2008, and a slow decline will set in beginning in 2009. IEEE 1394 is the second-choice technology in many product segments and it’s one-third penetration of the PC market is small compared to high-speed USB’s 100% penetration. IEEE 1394 (1394), also called FireWire or i.Link, is a high-speed serial bus specification found primarily in three markets: PCs, PC peripherals, and Consumer Electronics.

In-Stat found the following in their study:

  • 1394 had created an ecosystem, with digital camcorders at the center, but there has been slippage in this ecosystem recently.
  • From 2005 to 2006, 1394 penetration of digital camcorders fell from 85% to 77%.
  • 1394-enabled device shipments will grow by only 0.2% annually through 2011.

The research, “1394 2007: A Niche Interface” (#IN0703596MI), covers the worldwide market for the 1394 interface. It contains analysis and five-year forecasts for all 1394-enabled products, breaking out each PC, PC peripheral, CE, or automotive application by penetration of 1394a and 1394b for each forecast year. Analysis is provided for all types of 1394, including 1394c and 1394 over Coax. Brief profiles of major 1394 silicon and IP suppliers are also provided. The price is $3,495 (US) and includes a free subscription to EDA Blog.

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