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The next generation of USB

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While most businesses are still slowly waving goodbye to serial ports and serial peripherals, USB is already moving on to its next-generation form. The current standard, USB 1.1, is found in 99 percent of PCs presently shipping, according to Cahners InStat Group. But expect USB 2.0 to arrive in force in the coming months.

The main difference between the two generations is speed. USB 1.1 operates at a speed of 12Mbps, while USB 2.0 hits up to 480Mbps. Loosely translated, USB 2.0 peripherals are capable of working about 40 times faster. That's good news for digital video, video-conferencing and speedy printing. Expect increased speed from all kinds of USB peripherals, including external drives, scanners and digital cameras.

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