The Apple-invented FireWire (1394) market is strong though the USB 2.0 standard is hindering its adoption by PC manufacturers, a report claims.

In-Stat/MDR predicts FireWire-enabled device shipments will climb 22.2 per cent between 2003 and 2008.

Market growth is inhibited by alternative high-speed interfaces, such as USB 2.0, Digital Visual Interface (DVI) and High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI).

"PC peripherals constitute a shrinking market for FireWire", the analysts say, as USB 2.0 is being widely adopted. "However, weakness in PC peripherals is offset by growth in consumer electronics devices, including digital televisions, DVD recorders, and digital camcorders," they explain.

"The past year has seen big news for this market with the announcement of two new 1394 specifications. 1394c combines 1394b and Ethernet onto a common Physical layer and promises to have an impact in the home networking space, where both technologies compete," the report reveals.

It also takes a look at Wireless 1394, a specification to transmit 1394 wirelessly over Ultra Wideband (UWB). This will be optimized for in-room cluster connectivity, including ad-hoc connections, between a portable device and tabletop device, such as a digital camcorder and DVD recorder.

The automobile industry is also moving to adopt FireWire as a standard for networking in cars, with the first production models using the standard expected in the latter half of 2006.