Difference Between USB Cables

by Joey Perez

USB cables help keep devices powered and connected. From iPods to digital cameras, USB is the one-size-fits-all cabling standard for synchronizing data to a PC. USB has evolved since version 1.0 and is utilized as the main staple in PC connectivity.

USB 1.1

USB was invented to create a universal standard for connecting various peripherals to computers. USB 1.1 was the first version and has a data transfer rate of 12 Megabits per second (Mbps).

USB 2.0

The 2.0 version upped the maximum transfer rate to 480 Mbps. USB 2.0 also included features like charging capabilities and standalone communication between USB devices.

USB 3.0

Dubbed SuperSpeed USB, the 3.0 standard has transfer rates up to 5 Gigbits per second (Gbps). USB 3.0 was released in August 2008 and will be more widely available in 2010 according to everythingusb.com.

Standard Connectors

The most common USB connector style is type A. Type A can be found on computers and devices such as USB flash drives. Type B is used mainly for printers while micro and mini-types are seen on cell phones and PDAs.

Proprietary Connectors

Some companies create specific USB connector types to fit their devices. iPods and HTC cellular telephones cords are examples of proprietary connectors.

About the Author

Joey Perez has been a professional writer since 2006 and has been a home theater designer for over eight years. In 2006, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Zoe Bible College. His work is featured on Bestinclass.com and Faithclipart.com.

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