Microsoft on Friday released USB 2.0 drivers for its Windows XP operating system. The drivers are designed to enable third-party USB 2.0 add-in cards to work with XP, which originally shippedsupport for the connectivity standards. The drivers can be downloaded using the feature.
USB 2.0 transfers data at 480mbps, which isthan USB 1.1's rate of 12mbps for exchanging information between PCs and peripherals such as external hard drives and CD-rewritable drives. USB 2.0 is also backward compatible with USB 1.1. Gateway is the only major PC maker currently offering USB 2.0, although more companies are expected to follow when Intel releases chipsets later in the year.