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IDF thrusts spotlight onto USB2.0

Jason Ziller, chairman of the USB Implementers' Forum, has predicted USB2.0 to emerge as the next big thing in PC peripheral connection.

Jason Ziller, Intel technology initiatives manager and chairman of the USB Implementers' Forum, has addressed the industry with an update on the next generation of USB peripheral connection for PCs. Enter USB 2.0.

USB 2.0 represents a means of connectivity that outstrips its predecessor, USB 1.1, with the capability to transmit data at a rate 40 times faster.

Whilst USB 1.1 connections can achieve speeds of 12Mbps, USB 2.0 transmits at up to 480 Mbps.

This higher bandwidth translates to a major boost for all manner of external peripherals, from scanners and CD/DVD burners to digital video cameras. Its benefits can also be felt where demanding PC user applications and multiple high-speed devices are run simultaneously.

Ziller was quick to point out that a key consideration in defining USB 2.0’s specifications was compatibility. USB 2.0 is fully forward and backward compatible, and, more interestingly, uses the same cables and connectors as genuine, credited USB 1.1.

The USB Implementers Forum has launched a strategic logo and compliance testing to improve resistance to the appearance on the market of uncertified products of substandard quality.

Industry support for the connection is apparent in the availability of drivers for Windows XP, and the release of over one hundred USB 2.0 products in the last year.

Ziller also reported that Intel chipsets with integrated USB 2.0 are expected to ship in the second quarter, 2002.

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