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STANDARD: USB-IF finalized specification of Micro-USB
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 05.01.07 - 11:19:11 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8411x
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Just when you thought a standard is a standard and established, the industry comes around the corner with a new one/update. So happened yesterday, when the USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF) announced the completion of the Micro-USB specification, a new connector technology that will replace many of the Mini-series plugs and receptacles currently used in portable products.
This USB-IF connector specification was developed to support the growing miniaturization trend for portable devices, as well as the continued adoption of USB in mobile phones.

The Micro-USB specification supports the USB On-The-Go (OTG) supplement, which was created in response to the growing need for portable devices to communicate directly with each other when a PC is not available. Micro-series definitions include: Micro-B receptacles for standard devices, Micro-AB receptacles for OTG devices, Micro-A and Micro-B plugs, and standard cables. The Micro-series are unique in that they feature a stainless steel shell, which yields more than 10,000 insertion cycles for longer life and higher durability, and passive latching mechanism for higher extraction forces.

According to the USB-IF, the Micro-series connectors will continue to maintain the ease-of-use and speed of the USB technology.

Cheers ~ Arne

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