The Benefit of USB 2.0 Technology

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed will extend the speed of the peripheral-to-PC connection from 12 Mbits/s on USB 1.1 to up to 480 Mbits/s, which is 40 times more than current capabilities. This higher bandwidth opens the door for PC peripherals with more functionality, including faster broadband internet connections, higher resolution video conferencing cameras, next generation printers, scanners, and fast external storage units. It will also support such applications as digital image creation and web publishing, where multiple high-speed peripherals run simultaneously.

Since USB 2.0 Hi-Speed is an evolution of the existing USB 1.1 specification, it is fully forward and backward compatible with current USB systems and peripherals. Even with the dramatically increased speeds, it works with existing cables and connectors. In other words, consumers will have the benefit of using devices they already have, so their investments are protected. The high-bandwidth Universal Serial Bus Hi-Speed is also expected to lead to the development of higher-performance peripherals that will bring new applications to the PC.


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