Target Speed of 480 Mbs for USB 2.0 Announced by Industry Leaders

CORONADO, Calif.--Oct. 12, 1999--A group of seven PC industry leaders announced today that the target speed of Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 is 40 times faster than the existing USB 1.1. The achievement is anticipated to further build on the momentum of USB into more demanding user applications, such as image creation and interactive gaming.

The target speed of USB 2.0 is 480 Megabits per second (Mbs), as announced by the USB 2.0 Promoter Group, consisting of Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, NEC and Philips. The target speed announcement coincides with the release of the USB 2.0 specification draft to industry developers here. The specification draft enables vendors to begin their product planning and development of USB 2.0 products.

The increased bandwidth of USB 2.0 opens the door for PC peripherals with more functionality, including faster broadband internet connections, higher resolution video conferencing cameras, next generation printers and scanners and fast external storage units. USB 2.0 also will make today's applications more productive. For example:

  • Consumers with digital cameras using USB 2.0 technology will be able to download a "roll" of digital film in seconds, compared to minutes on the earlier version of USB.
  • Consumers can back up a gigabyte of data from their PC hard drive in less than a minute on USB 2.0 versus about a half-hour on USB 1.1.
  • Scanners can create a high-resolution digital image in seconds on USB 2.0, versus minutes on USB 1.1.
Because USB 2.0 is an evolution of the existing USB 1.1 specification, it will be fully forward and backward compatible with current USB systems and peripherals. Even with the new speed target, USB 2.0 will work with existing cables and connectors.

The USB 2.0 specification is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2000. Leading systems and peripherals are anticipated in the marketplace in the second half of 2000, according to the promoter group. More information is available at