IEEE 1394 ‘FireWire’ interface headed for slow decline

The IEEE 1394 FireWire high-speed databus faces major challenges, and its market share is stagnating, reports In-Stat, a market researcher in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The IEEE 1394 FireWire high-speed databus faces major challenges, and its market share is stagnating, reports In-Stat, a market researcher in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The peak year for 1394 devices will be 2008, and a slow decline will set in beginning in 2009, In-Stat analysts predict. IEEE 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.

“1394 suffers from being the second-choice technology in many product segments,” says Brian O’Rourke, In-Stat analyst. “For example, 1394’s historic one-third penetration of the PC market is now dwarfed by high-speed USB’s 100 percent penetration. This has helped high-speed USB become the interface of choice for PC peripherals.”

In-State analysts found that 1394-enabled device shipments will grow by only 0.2 percent annually through 2011; that the 1394 ecosystem, which has digital camcorders at the center, has slipped recently; and that from 2005 to 2006, 1394 penetration of digital camcorders fell from 85 percent to 77 percent.

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.

The report contains analysis for all types of 1394, including 1394c and 1394 over coax, as well as profiles of major 1394 silicon and IP suppliers. For more information contact In-Stat online at www.in-stat.com.

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