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USB isn't just for desktops anymore.

By Mark Henricks • May 5, 2006 Originally published Apr 4, 2003

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The Universal Serial Bus (USB) may soon stop at a cell phonenear you. Qualcomm plans to hook CDMA phones directly to USB portson CD drives, printers, digital cameras and other devices so youcan download photos, update contacts and print hard copies moreeasily.

Unlike Bluetooth short-range wireless technology, USB On-The-Go,as the technology is known, requires a cable between the phone andthe other device. There are also wireless USB initiatives afoot.CypressSemiconductor has started selling chips that let keyboards,mice and joysticks talk wirelessly to USB-equipped PCs. While somehigh-end keyboards and mice already use Bluetooth to replacecables, "this is cheaper and, we think, better," saysCypress wireless applications manager Richard Kapusta.

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