The Evolution of USB Cables

Universal Serial Bus cables or USB Cables is the most popular device communication connector with more than 2 billion unit were being sold every year. USB was originally designed and developed in the 90s to provide an industry standard for connectors using bus type communications protocols to establish connection between computer workstation and other external devices such as pointing devices, keyboards, printers, external disk drives and many others.

The Evolution of USB Cables


USB 1.0 was released in January 1996 and was built with a limited 1.5Mbit/s data rates for Low-Bandwidth and 12Mbits for Full-Bandwitdh. In the earlier version of USB 1.0, there are few limitation and problems including timing and power consumption identified and was later fixed in the next revision, USB 1.1; which was released in 1998. USB 1.1 was the version that are widely in the market during that time.

USB 2.0

With a better and improved signal rate, USB 2.0 hit the market with a new term of Hi-Speed connection in April 2000. The specification of USB 2.0 continue to evolved with huge interesting improvement and modification done using Engineering Change Notices (ECN).

USB 3.0

Latest USB 3.0 was released around November 2008. It was optimized to support maximum transmission speed with up to 5 Gbits, produce better power consumption and efficiency, improved data transmission time and also are compatible with previous version of USD 2.0.

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