Publish Date:09/25/2013

[NEWS]

1394 have encouraged new, innovative product concepts
soon to be released or in development now!!

Over 200 people from 130 companies and 40 different media group attended the launching of the first Local 1394 alliance in the world formed by companies in this region was formally inaugurated at the East Gate of the Far Eastern International Hotel in Taiwan on September 15, 2010. The initiating alliance members includes Texas Instrument, VIA, PROCOMP Informatics, JOINSOON Electronics, and MGI Software Asia, together with the Taipei Computer Association¡¦s assistance for the administrative work in the future, and the task forces of the alliance such as the technical team, market information team, and sales and marketing team integrate the strengths to help companies which support the 1394 specification in marketing and technical service.

The event started with an opening address from the first elected Chairman of the Taiwan 1394 Association Mr. Paul Hsu. Mr. Raff Liu, Chairman of Taipei Computer Association also gave a short welcoming speech. It was followed by the introduction of the 1394 Association's web page by Mr. Wilson Yang, Procomp's Marketing Information Officer. A key note speech was then given by Mr. James B. Snider, Chairman of 1394 Trade Association. In his speech, Mr. Paul Hsu thanked the Taipei Computer Association for assisting and helping out in the formation of Taiwan 1394 Association. He pointed out that 1394 Trade Association aims are to further its peer to peer connection, high bandwidth and support of data transfer rates. "IEEE 1394 has been adopted by the consumer electronics industry and is expected to provide a volume, Plug and Play-compatible expansion interface for the PC. The 400Mbps (bit per second) transfer rates currently specified in IEEE P1394.a and the proposed enhancements in IEEE P1394.b are well suited to multi-streaming I/O requirements," said Mr. Hsu. Mr. Raff Liu said that the formation of the 1394 Trade Association in Taiwan could give a strong momentum in the promotion and advancement of Taiwan's 1394 technology. He also encourage those who have not yet joined the Taiwan 1394 Association to be a member and join in the development and promotion of Taiwan's 1394.

"The current data transfer rate on 400 Mbps may well be doubled by next year," says Mr. James B. Snider. At present the global organization has reached a run rate of one million per quarter with such customers as Apple, Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, Compaq, Dell, Gateway and NEC added Mr. Snider. The 1394 interface, originally developed by Apple at an early stage, allows for high-speed data transfer over longer distances of up to 50 meters for plastic optical fiver and 100 meters for glass optical fiber. 1394 incorporates advanced technology for digital and audio, desktop cameras, external storage, high-speed printers, scanners and the like. Added benefits provided by 1394 standards allows for an increase of mass storage amounting to 550K, which is presently embedded in Iomega Zip, Fujitsu MO, VSST, Yano, LaCie, and other such systems. According to a report by Mark Kirstein of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1394's growth rate has increased by 35 percent to about 25,000 consumers in 2000. In the next few years, the projection totals to some 225,000 customers using its services.

On the other hand, Mr. Snider places his bets on the PC and notebook industry which, according to him, will account for future success within the market. "Apple Mac used to set the rules for PC evolvement, but now, Sony is trying to make the rules with its current PlayStation2. Set to com out by the end of the year, the PlayStation allows users to log on to the Internet via a USB keyboard, a mouse and 1394 hard drive. If this system is successful Sony PlayStation will be the number one PC maker in the world," says Mr. Snider. According to Newsweek Magazine Stan Roach, who is an industry veteran, 25 million units of PlayStations are sold per year, presently summing up to one out of four U.S. households with the gaming device. Mr. Snider also commented on the past success of storage facilities for 1394 last year, which is currently taken over by the recent success for scanners and desktop cameras. Next Year, 1394 printers will be the new technology hitting the markets. According to reports, later this year, automotive applications will provide 1394's notebook for car brands such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota, General Motors and Ford, as future technology immerses into the growing demand for high quality, versatile and easy-to-use systems," he added. So how do we call this new technology? Firewire, 1394, or i-Link?, according to Mr. Snider all of these names will be used and will become a household name early next year.

What is 1394?

The IEEE 1394 high-speed serial bus enhanced PC connectivity for a wide range of devices, including consumer electronics audio/video (A/V) appliances, storage peripherals, other PCs, and portable devices.

IEEE 1394 has been adopted by the consumer electronics industry and is expected to provide a volume, Plug and Play-compatible expansion interface for the PC. The 400Mbps (bit per second) transfer rates currently specified in IEEE P1394.a and the proposed enhancements in IEEE P1394.b are well suited to multi-streaming I/O requirements.

History of the IEEE 1394 Standard

The 1394 digital link standard was conceived in 1986 by technologists at Apple Computer, who chose the trademark 'FireWire', in reference to its speeds of operation. The first specification for this link was completed in 1987. It was adopted in 1995 as the IEEE 1394 standard. A number of IEEE 1394 products are now available including digital camcorders with the IEEE 1394 link, IEEE 1394 digital video editing equipment, digital VCRs, digital cameras, digital audio players, 1394 IC's and a wealth of other infrastructure products such as connectors, cables, test equipment, software toolkits, and emulation models.

1394 Technology

The IEEE 1394 multimedia connection enables simple, low-cost, high-bandwidth isochronous (real-time) data interfacing between computers, peripherals, and consumer electronics products such as camcorders, VCRs, printers, PCs, TVs, and digital cameras.With IEEE 1394-compatible products and systems, users can transfer video or still images from a camera or camcorder to a printer, PC, or television, with no image degradation.

Benefits of 1394

Applications that benefit from IEEE 1394 include nonlinear (digital) video presentation and editing, desktop and commercial publishing, document imaging, home multimedia, and personal computing. The low overhead, high data rates of 1394, the ability to mix real-time and asynchronous data on a single connection, and the ability to mix low speed and high speed devices on the same network provides a truly universal connection for almost any consumer, computer, or peripheral application. More than eight million new PCs and more than one million new camcorders per quarter are now being manufactured with1394 on board, A total of 30 million new 1394-enabled PCs and more than 20 million new 1394 chipsets will enter the market in the year 2000, worldwide.

Future of 1394

The strong multimedia orientation, self-configurability, peer-to-peer connectivity and high performance of 1394 have encouraged new, innovative product concepts soon to be released or in development now. With the advent this year of native IEEE 1394 support in Microsoft Windows operating systems, a number of new applications for 1394 will come forth that link the worlds of consumer and computer electronics.

 

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