115.8 mln 1394-enabled devices shipped in 2005
1394 is being strongly challenged by USB in PC and peripherals markets, but there are signs of life in consumer electronics (CE), reports In-Stat. Digital televisions, cable set top boxes, and DVD recorders are all driving 1394a growth in the CE segment. In the PC world, 1394 has had success in notebook PCs, but has struggled in corporate desktops, which account for a significant share of PCs sold annually. However, Microsoft has announced that it will support 1394b in its next-generation Vista operating system, which may breathe additional life into 1394 in this segment. The overall worldwide market for 1394-enabled devices will grow from 115.8 mln units in 2005 to 219.9 mln in 2010. If HANA is successful in driving 1394b as a home networking technology, In-Stat expects to see 1394b in wall plates or separate boxes, such as gateways, rather than in CE devices.