IEEE 1394, or FireWire, and Blu-ray Disc are providing to be a popular combination, according to the
1394 Trade Association. The company points several FireWire-equipped Blu-ray Disc products as proof.
Blu-ray Disc is a high-capacity optical disc format that’s one of two players vying for dominance in the emerging high definition video market. The other is HD DVD. Already Blu-ray Disc drives are shipping with built-in FireWire connections, according to the 1394 Trade Association.
The 1394 Trade Association (TA) is a non-profit trade group dedicated to support the development of the IEEE 1394 standard, known to Mac users as FireWire. Apple makes FireWire a standard part of the peripheral interfaces used by the Mac.
The 1934 TA points to new products from Samsung, Sharp, LaCie and Other World Computing as examples of devices that combine Blu-ray Disc drives and FireWire connectivity.
The products that work as Mac peripherals to date use Blu-ray specifically for its storage capabilities, as opposed to as a disc drive that can play movies, but there are other devices that do work like that, such as a FireWire-equipped BD-HP1 recorder from Sharp that can use the tuner on Sharp televisions to record HDTV content to Blu-ray Disc.