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IEEE 1394 Making Strides in Tough Climate Says In-Stat

35 million PC-based and Consumer Electronics Products Now Equipped With IEEE 1394 By Charlie White
Cahners In-Stat GroupAlready a staple in many PC models and peripherals, the IEEE 1394 high-speed digital interface is making gains in consumer electronics markets, according to Cahners In-Stat Group.

In 2000, over 35 million PC-based and consumer electronics products were equipped with IEEE 1394, and the high-tech market research firm projects that number will exceed 200 million by 2005.

"We expect positive market momentum this year but at a much more moderate growth rate, as the tech industry slump this year has slowed PC shipments, has delayed faster penetration of the interface, and has slowed the overall growth of end markets," says Joyce Putscher, a Director at In-Stat. The market also faces competition from other interfaces, such as USB 2.0 and DVI that may have significant impacts in selected markets. While the breadth of applications for IEEE 1394 ultimately points to a tremendous opportunity, it also results in industry conflicts, and legislative and regulatory involvement.

In-Stat has also found that:
-- Total 1394 devices grew by a tremendous 192% in 2000 over 1999 in which PC-based products accounted for most of the shipments. However, digital consumer electronics are expected to overtake PC devices in 2001.

-- Digital video editing is the current top driver for 1394 in both consumer electronic and PC markets. Video editing requires very large storage capacity, making external 1394 hard drive storage attractive to home video enthusiasts. Home networking consumer and PC-based devices may become another important 1394 driver. Using 1394 over 802.11a in the future presents a compelling wireless home networking alternative without a networking gateway.

-- Both the digital camcorder and still camera markets have emerged as important 1394 segments over the past several years. Camcorders present a major market for 1394, with 1394-equipped still cameras primarily confined to the professional market.

The report, "IEEE 1394: XP Backs it to the Next Level" (#MM0114BW)(a), covers 12 major application categories and 27 total segmentations for IEEE 1394-enabled equipment, and provides forecasts through 2005. In addition, a total port forecast is also presented. The emergence, markets, and benefits of the new high-speed, longer distance IEEE 1394b is discussed, in addition to competing technologies, content protection, the XP effect, and future integration into core logic chipsets. To purchase this report or for more information, please visit (b) or contact Matthew Woods at 617/630-2139; The report price is $3,495 USD.

Cahners In-Stat Group ( covers the full spectrum of digital communications research from vendor to end-user, providing the analysis and perspective that allows technology vendors and service providers worldwide to make more informed business decisions.

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