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USB or Universal Serial Bus subsystem offers connectivity service that lets you use a number of different peripheral devices which can range right from printers to card readers using your computer. The architecture of USB also does not limit you to just a single device port as it is a bus and a multiple component device. The USB drive can be connected with the help of an external hub which will generally split your single USB driver into multiple ports. Therefore, just a single port on your computer can be used to connect 2, 3, 4 to nearly 127 discrete devices with the help of hub technology.

The other benefit of using USB drives is its use of easier and small device to manage cabling. Some of the traditional parallel and serial cables were generally very bulky and difficult to manage. They even obstructed the access to the back of the computer apart from being hard to route through the office wiring channels. They even included exposed pins on the connectors that were easy to break or bend and destroyed the cables. However the USB cabling is much smaller in diameter while the connectors are very reliable. USB drivers use the industry standard technologies and they are together managed by several giant companies like Philips, NEC, Microsoft, Lucent, Intel and Hewlett Packard.  

USB was first developed during the mid 1990s and they were basically designed to address the basic shortcoming of computer architecture. Some of the early machines used standard parallel and serial ports to provide external device connectivity however they were designed with just a single port. The users who wanted to connect multiple serial devices for instance a serial printer with an external modem basically had to purchase a second internal serial port and install it. Installing a number of parallel ports was actually a hard task as both the devices were limited in flexibility and application. Therefore some of the manufacturers for instanced developed serial interfaces for the cameral use. However the speed of transfer was limited to just 115KB maximum inherent for the serial architecture.

The USB 2.0 that has currently implemented standards was launched in the year 2001. This provided the users the maximum of 480 Mbits/sec or 60 MB/sec of transfer speed. This USB driver is much more flexible compared to the traditional serial devices and it can support different devices ranging right from cameral to printers and even disk drives to the latest joysticks. The previous 1.0 USB was however a bit limited in flexibility and speed and it is not used much.

However, you have an all new standard for the USB drives which is the 3.0 version that is set to release in the year 2010. This 3.0 USB drive will provide much faster connectivity along with a super speed rate of nearly 4.8 Gbit/s or 600 MB/secs and also some other enhancements. This USB will also be backward compatible with the earlier 2.0 and so the older devices would still continue to function when they are connected to new host controllers.

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