The 1394 Trade Association, has elected Apple's Eric Anderson as its 2003 chairman, with Max Bassler of Molex as vice chair.

Anderson is an Apple FireWire architect. The 1394 group - an international organization "dedicated to the proliferation and advancement" of the 1394/FireWire standard - also set its next Compliance and Interoperability Workshop for February 3-5 at the Embassy Suites in Burlingame, California.

The members of the 1394 Trade Association board for 2003 include: John Barber of NEC Electronics; Alan Berkema of Hewlett-Packard; Scott Fierstein of Microsoft; Angela Lee of Mitsubishi; Sam Liu of Newnex; Larry Matola, Delphi Automotive; Richard Mourn, Quantum Parametrics; Declan O'Mahoney, Firecomms (Ireland); Jalil Oraee of Oxford Semiconductor (UK); Andreas Schloissnik of Yokogawa Electric; Cecelia Smith of Texas Instruments; Scott Smyers of Sony; Dave Thompson of Agere Systems; and Hans van der Ven of Panasonic.

The next Trade Association-sponsored Compliance and Interoperability Workshop in Burlingame will be the first in a quarterly series. The meetings provide a complete set of test suites designed to ensure that consumer, computer, and industrial products equipped with 1394/FireWire work together. At the autumn 2002 workshop, a total of 63 nodes operated simultaneously during the event's "Grand Melee."