USB-IF Releases USB Series ”A” Plug Form Factor Guideline 1.0

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today announced a new guideline for next generation storage applications. The guideline, Series “A” Plug Form Factor Guideline 1.0, enables developers to build small-size, high-speed storage devices with large storage capacity. The guideline is fully compliant to the USB 2.0 specification, which enables data transfer rates of up to 480 Mb/s. The guideline provides a standard to which developers can build new storage devices and was developed by the cable and connector work group within the USB-IF. It is a new mechanical form factor that defines a total length of 1.25 inches for products based on the Series “A” Plug guideline; no device electronics are defined. The new guideline will allow compliant products to attach to any USB A-compliant host receptacles currently in production.

“Consumers are very comfortable with USB technology; it is the defacto standard for personal connectivity of PCs, and it has migrated heavily into CE and mobile segments. Memory card technologies are prolific — the USB-IF wants to give consumers an easy solution,” said Jeff Ravencraft, president and chairman of the USB-IF. “This new guideline allows manufacturers to continue to deliver what consumers want.”

Developers from member and non-member companies
can download the guideline online HERE .

About USB-IF

The non-profit USB Implementers Forum, Inc. was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB technology. The USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB devices, through its logo and compliance program and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. Further information, including postings of the most recent product and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF Web site HERE. Lisa Sherwin, 503-297-3704

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