Your old USB devices should continue to work with the new standard, provided your OS is decently up to date. Thursday, May 24, 2001 Welcome USB 2.0 Your old USB devices should continue to work with the new standard, provided your OS is decently up to date.
The standard for USB 2.0 has been released, offering a whopping 480Mbit/sec data transfer rate that should easily support high-speed devices. PC manufacturers have wasted no time in capitalizing on this fast new interface, and leaders such as Gateway 2000, Dell, Compaq, and more should be releasing USB 2.0-compliant systems in the next few months.
Manufacturers from Acer to VaroVision are also planning a wide range of USB 2.0 devices, so expect to see a wealth of new devices hit the market in the first and second quarters of 2001.
Since USB 2.0 is fully backward-compatible with USB 1.1, your current USB devices should continue to work just fine after they’re transferred to a USB 2.0 system. If you have Windows, you’ll probably need Windows 98/SE/Me to support USB 2.0. Learn more about USB 2.0 from USB.org.
Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.