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USB Implementers Forum Signals Broad Development of Hi-Speed USB 2.0

(August 29, 2001)
First-time demonstrations, announcements and other displays of upcoming broad deployment of Universal Serial Bus 2.0 -- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 -- are in the spotlight this week at Intel Developer Forum, Fall 2001, in San Jose, Calif.

Intel Vice President Louis Burns, in his keynote address Wednesday, gave the first-ever demonstration of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 digital video camera connected to an Intel Pentium 4 processor platform based on an Intel prototype chipset with an integrated USB 2.0 controller. The Intel Desktop Platforms Group executive said the chipset would enable broad deployment of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 next year. The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface provides the bandwidth necessary to deliver the real-time video from Opteon's USB 2.0 camera, and will allow a single person to create TV-broadcast quality videos in real-time.

During IDF Fall 2001, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) pavilion is showcasing a bevy of pioneering products, including add-in cards, hubs and peripheral devices that are both on the cusp of market introductions and now on retail shelves in the United States and Japan. Buzz also is being generated by Gateway systems being displayed at the USB-IF exhibit area. These latest Pentium 4 processor systems from Gateway feature Hi-Speed USB 2.0 with an Intel motherboard and NEC host controller. All demos inside the pavilion are running Windows XP) drivers. Microsoft drivers for both Windows XP and Windows 2000 are available on Windows update.

Products passing USB-IF compliance testing and use the increased bandwidth of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 are packaged with a blue, white and red logo bearing the words "Certified" and "Hi-Speed." Peripherals running at 12 Mbps (full speed), such as keyboards, mice, joysticks and audio speakers, are identified with a logo that is identical except for the absence of the "Hi-Speed" banner.

Several exhibiting companies are making announcements this week at IDF Fall 2001. These include Cypress Semiconductor introducing one of the industry's highest-performing Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hub controllers, and NetChip Technology and Adaptec collaborating on a fully integrated solution that includes Adaptec's line of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host and hub devices using NetChip's high-speed peripheral controllers. Orange Micro will announce that Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host adapter card developers can begin beta testing its revision of Windows 98/2000/ME USB 2.0 drivers.

Also at IDF, a technical lab on Tuesday focused on Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compliance testing, performance analysis and WHQL testing. The lab, led by Intel and Microsoft, explained to developers the importance of the "Hi-Speed" logo and gave an in-depth look at some of the testing requirements along with actual performance opportunities with such Hi-Speed USB 2.0 devices as CDRW, DVD, HDD, scanners and hubs.

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