IEEE 1394 FireWire to Decline in 2009

IEEE 1394 faces major challenges, and its market share is stagnating, reports In-Stat. The peak year for 1394 devices is expected to be 2008, and a slow decline will set in beginning in 2009, the high-tech market research firm says. 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.

“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% penetration. This has helped high-speed USB become the interface of choice for PC peripherals.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • 1394-enabled device shipments will grow by only 0.2% annually through 2011.
  • 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%.

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).

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