pogo 12/5/2012 | 3:52:06 PM
re: TI Gets a Reprieve

I wonder if the TI lobbyist can keep a straight face when he explains to the FCC why 1394 should be in cable STBs.  It doesn't make any sense. Ten years ago, 1394 was the digital heir-apparent as DTV interface, but things change. Today, very few consumer electronics have 1394 interfaces and most of those (camcorders) won't do anything when connected to an STB. Unfortunately, 1394 is quickly fading from the scene, not just for CE, but for computers too. Even Apple is releasing Macs without FireWire these days.

Intel is right. An IP-based connection is the way to go, but we don't need another mandate from the FCC. The market will go that direction on it's own. The FCC shouldn't play king-maker with standards like this.

Intel's wrong about one thing though. 1394 chips for STB haven't been over $5 in years. When I left the biz several years ago, it was already below $4.  I'd guess it's at $2.50 now, but there's no reason they can't get it down to just the cost of the package with no die, since nobody would notice the difference anyway. ;)

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 3:52:04 PM
re: TI Gets a Reprieve

Yep, it will be interesting to see what kind of argument TI puts together on this one since the world of connectivity is heading in the direction of IP.  But if the 1394 chips are down 50% from where Intel had it, that could poke a hole in their cost argument.  But i agree that it makes little sense to force adoption of 1394 if the market's already going in another direction...even if 1394 capabilities in cable boxes haven't been put to full use.  The fact that it's not used much even in set-tops that have the interface offers reason enough for a waiver. Then again, TI may have an ace up its sleeve...we'll know for sure  in a few days. JB



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