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About USB - continued

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  • USB Device Viewer

    On the Windows 98 CD-ROM look under Tools\Reskit\Diagnose. Here you find the program Usbview.exe. It reports on the present USB units.

    Here I use the USB hub sitting in the stand of the Sony F400 monitor. This hub is seen in the list as 'General purpose hub'.

    The screendump from USB Device Viewers:

    The hub controlls four units:

  • A Canon FB 630U flatbed scanner.
  • A Microsoft keyboard (USB Natural Keyboard).
  • My Philips USB-speakers.
  • A HP S20 dias scanner.

    The great thing is, that all this works together without any problems or conflicts. I can work with both scanners simultanously, each of them can be processing a job at the same time while I works with other tasks on the PC. All four units are connected to the PC with one USB cable coming from the hub in the monitor.

    Since this I have replaced the HP S20 diasscanner with a Canon FS2710 diasscanner. It is a great scanner, only it takes SCSI to work (the SCSI adapter is included). USB version 1.0 is too slow (and perhaps unstable) for high resolution scanning.

    USB version 2.0


    A high powered version is USB 2.0. It operates with bandwidths far superior to the humble 12 Mbit/sec the existing USB has.

    USB 2.0 will offer a data transfer rate of between 360 and 480 Mbps. This makes USB 2.0 superior to the FireWire standard, which newer really became popular. This new bus also works in iso-synchronous mode like FireWire does.

    USB is great: With just one connector, all types of external units are connected to the PC. No setup of IRQ, DMA and I/O address - great. The PC will thoroughly become a modular setup of Plug And Play units!


    You find technical specifications etc. in these sites:

    Intel's USB site http://www.intel.com/design/usb

    USB sites: http://www.usb.org and http://www.usbnews.com

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