Scottsdale, AZ (June 28, 2007) — IEEE 1394 faces major challenges, and its market share is stagnating, reports market researcher 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 percent penetration. This has helped high-speed USB become the interface of choice for PC peripherals.”
Recent research by In-Stat – “1394 2007: A Niche Interface” — found that 1394-enabled device shipments will grow by only 0.2 percent annually through 2011. According to the report, which is part of In-Stat’s multimedia and interface technologies service, 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 percent to 77 percent.