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USB Explained by Martin D. Seyer, Steven McDowell

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Chapter 1Introduction

Why a Book about USB?

The Universal Serial Bus was invented and standardized in early 1995 by a group of computer manufacturers and peripherals vendors under the auspices of an organization called the Universal Serial Bus Implementers Forum (USB-IF). The aim was to bring serial-port (and serial-bus) technology into the twenty-first century. There are many existing standard and proprietary serial-port and serial-bus technologies for communication between peripherals and host computers, each with its own purpose and its own drawbacks. The goal of this group of manufacturers was to develop a low- to high-speed technology that would provide a shared-access, highly available, robust, self-configuring, extensible, and easy-to-use ...

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