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After USB, 1394 is Next Most Popular PC Interface


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., February 25, 2008 - The proliferation of digital interfaces on PCs in the past 10 years has led to specialization, as well as an increasing number of choices for consumers, reports In-Stat ( USB has become a universal interface in the PC market, and 1394 or FireWire, DVI, and Bluetooth are all available in a large number of notebook and desktop PCs on the market today, the high-tech market research firm says. In order to gauge the popularity of these various interfaces, In-Stat conducted a survey of 2,200 technology early adopters about the interfaces they have on both their work and home PCs, and to what they connect with these interfaces.

Not surprisingly, USB is the most popular interface, and is connected to the greatest number of devices in both work and home environments. 1394 proved to be the next most popular interface, in terms of its presence on both work and home PCs. However, in percentage terms, it was one of the least used interfaces in both environments.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

* Those not using their 1394 ports comprised 55% of work PC users, and 40% of home PC users.
* 34% of respondents are at least somewhat familiar with ultrawideband, while 44% are at least somewhat familiar with wireless USB.
* 56% of those with Bluetooth phones connect their PCs to a Bluetooth headset.

Recent In-Stat research, US Interface Survey: Tracking Interface Usage on Work and Home PCs (#IN0804100MI), covers the market for PC interfaces. It provides results of, and analysis of, a recent In-Stat survey of tech-savvy US PC users. It includes responses concerning both home and work PC usage. Responses regarding next-generation PC interface technologies, such as ultrawideband and wireless USB are included.

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This research is part of In-Statís Multimedia & Interface Technologies service, which identifies and forecasts the markets for key interface technologies and multimedia semiconductors and tracks penetration of these technologies into PCs, PC peripherals, consumer electronics and communications applications. It also examines competitors, industry agendas, market shares, technology platforms, semiconductor technology and shipments. Supply and demand-side insights are combined to examine these dynamic, evolving technologies.


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