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USB

Universal Serial Bus informatics An external bus with transfer rates up to 12 Mbps, which accommodates up to 127 peripherals, replacing serial and parallel ports. Cf Firewire.
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The D-Link DSB-650TX is an IEEE 802.3 and IEEE 802.3u 10/100Mb Dual Speed Ethernet Adapter with USB 1.0 Interface that is specifically designed to plug into an available Universal Serial Bus USB port connecting to a desktop or laptop PC running Microsoft Windows 95 OSR2 or Windows 98.
At the recent Intel Developers Forum, the target speed for USB 2.0 was revised sharply upwards a range of between 360 and 480 Mbps - which would make the new version between 30 and 40 times faster than USB 1.0. The USB Promoters Group, which aside from Intel includes Compaq Computer Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co, Lucent Technologies Inc, Microsoft Corp, NEC Corp and Philips NV, is set to announce the final target speed for the new version at the USB 2.0 Developers Conference in San Diego next month.
USB 1.0 was released September 1996 for keyboard and mouse interfacing and ran at 1.5 or 12 Mb/s.
But like most good technologies, USB 1.0 became a victim of its own success.
RS-232 1960 HPIB 1972 Ethernet 1973 IEEE 488 1975 IEEE 488.2 1978 Centronics 1981 ISA 1981 Ethernet 10Base-T 1985 VXI 1985 EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port) 1991 PCI 1992 Ethernet 100Base-T 1995 USB 1.0 1995 Gigabyte Ethernet 1998 USB 2.0 1999 PCI Express 2002 LXI 2004 Timeline for Interfaces and Bus Architecture Used for Data Acquisition Dates are approximate.
Ironically, the author failed to mention that USB 2.0 is backward compatible with USB 1.0. This might be a huge plus for it, as computer manufacture's could begin replacing USB 1.0 with USB 2.0 devices.