Here are some of the most common questions about IEEE 1394 that OEMs and IHVs are posing to the Microsoft Windows development team:
Will 1394 make sense when USB 2.0 arrives?
Yes. Microsoft believes that digital AV connectivity and expansion are strategic requirements for consumer PCs. IEEE 1394 is the essential connection for getting the most value from Consumer Windows digital media features. In addition, the company believes IEEE 1394 is the best interface available today for easily adding external, high-speed storage peripherals, such as expansion hard-disk, CD and DVD drives.
Has the Apple licensing problem been resolved?
Yes. Microsoft supports the new IEEE-1394 patent pool, which, for 25 cents per system, provides coverage for all essential IEEE-1394 patents.
Are IEEE-1394 chip sets going to become more affordable?
Yes. Link+PHY costs for IEEE-1394a OHCI controllers are coming in at under $6 for PCs slated to ship in the second half.
Does universal plug-and-play benefit IEEE-1394 devices?
Yes. IEEE-1394 UPnP devices can implement TCP/IP over IEEE 1394 (with built-in support in future versions of Consumer Windows).
Universal plug-and-play protocols will bridge non-Internet Protocol IEEE-1394 device networks to IP-based home networks.