Says 1394 Trade Association spokesman Richard Davis in an e-mail with InformationWeek:
"It will probably go into storage products first. It should turn up in set-top boxes and maybe Blue-ray devices, too. It's too soon to tell how fast [consumer electronics] makers might adopt it."
The new spec also will let users interconnect various home-networking appliances via coax cable, "linking HDTVs with set-top boxes, TVs, and computers in various rooms around a home or office," Davies said.James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association, sums it up with, "The S3200 standard will sustain the position of IEEE 1394 as the absolute performance leader in multi-purpose I/O ports for consumer applications in computer and CE devices." S3200 will likely be compared to USB 3.0, which is still under development. USB 3.0 is expected to have 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0, or approximately 5 Gbps.
Which specification do you think will be the ubiquitous peripheral standard of the future? Will it be S3200, USB 3.0, or maybe even an enhanced version of eSATA, which currently maxes out at 3 Gbps?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.