The target speed for USB 2.0 will be 480 megabits per second – 40 times faster than USB version 1.0.
The announcement was made last week by officials at the USB 2.0 Promoter Group, meeting in Denver.
The group, which includes Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft, also released the USB 2.0 specification draft to industry developers, which will enable vendors to begin developing products to the USB 2.0 specifications. The USB 2.0 spec is expected to be finalized early next year, with USB 2.0 systems and peripherals expected to be shipping in the second half of 2000.
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