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1394 Gaining in Digital TV Market and Elsewhere
June 15, 2005

Sarasota, FL - The consumer electronics (CE) market is a bright spot for FireWire 1394, which is battling with competing technologies in several markets, reports In-Stat, a high-tech market reseach firm.

1394a has increasing penetration in digital television, set top box, and portable digital audio player markets, In-Stat says. The CE segment is forecast to be roughly equal to the PC segment in 2005 unit shipments, and will move well past it in 2006, according to In-Stat.

The prospects for the technology in the computer market will be mixed. "PCs will be driven by the notebook category," says Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat analyst. "1394 will also grow in consumer desktops, but remain nearly non-existent in commercial desktops. Overall, PC peripheral growth will be negative, as high-speed USB dominates the segment."

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:

2004 saw the first release of 1394 in the automotive market.

The 1394c specification is close to completion. It is an attempt to jump-start 1394 as a networking technology, where it has had trouble gaining acceptance.

Devices with Wireless 1394, a specification to transmit 1394 wirelessly over Ultra Wideband, should begin to hit the market in 2006.

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