1394 Trade Association Marks 15th Anniversary, Cites Successes and Milestones of the FireWire Standard in Major Markets Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO--()--The 1394 Trade Association this week officially marked its 15th anniversary this month, with a reception and presentation during the fourth quarter general meetings in Taipei, Taiwan.

As part of the anniversary, the Trade Association issued a list of significant milestones for FireWire and its adoption during the 15-year history of the organization, including the official introduction of 1394a-2000, 1394b-2002, and 1394-2008. Other notable events include the following:

  • Fall 1994, 1394 Trade Association founded;
  • Jan. 1995, FireWire wins the 1995 Comdex award as the “most significant new technology” for the year;
  • CES 2000 – First major Consumer Electronics exhibit attracts thousands of visitors;
  • in 2003 came the decision by Lockheed Martin to use 1394b in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter;
  • fall 2004, first exhibit by the 1394TA at the CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association);
  • spring 2005, the Federal Communications Commission mandates that FireWire be available in all set top boxes;
  • in 2006, the first 1394 Chipset is Space-Qualified by Ball Aerospace;
  • winter 2007, at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) conference in Anaheim, 1394 emerges as the interface of choice for professional audio systems;
  • at the annual VISION Show in Stuttgart in 2007, FireWire emerges as the predominant interface of choice in industrial camera/vision system applications;
  • in the spring of 2008, the Trade Association announced that more than one billion 1394 ports had now shipped in consumer, computer, industrial and other FireWire-equipped products;
  • autumn 2008, the official introduction of the 1394-Automotive standard for in-vehicle infotainment, safety and other applications;
  • summer 2009, 1394b (FireWire 800) in the Apple MacBook;
  • autumn 2009, DAP demonstrates the first high speed S3200 3.2 Gigabit IEEE 1394b FireWire system-on-a-chip solution at VISION 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany.

“The history of FireWire and the 1394 Trade Association is one of continuing successes. 1394 has been adopted across the spectrum of electronics and computer products, in PCs, storage systems, and as the interface of choice in both professional audio systems and in set-top boxes. FireWire also is widely used in advanced industrial systems, and for sophisticated military programs like the Joint Strike Fighter,” said Max Bassler, a founder and current chair of the 1394 Trade Association. “These successes continue today with the decision by automakers to use FireWire for in-vehicle networking, and as a new generation of industrial cameras, military data systems and medical systems put 1394 to work. In 2011, we will see the very first implementations of 1394 at bandwidths of 3.2 Gigabit/second. Thanks to all the current and former members of the group, who contributed so much time, effort and energy in making FireWire a long term success.”

The 1394 Trade Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) standard. The 1394TA recently celebrated its 15th year of promoting 1394 and its one billionth 1394 port shipped. FireWire is used today in mass-market computer, entertainment, and professional products, and in a wide range of specialty applications such as music, defense, aerospace, industrial, and robotics products. For more information, visit www.1394ta.org

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1394 Trade Association Marks 15th Anniversary

Contacts

Independent Public Relations Associates
Dick Davies, 415-652-7515
IPRA@comcast.net