Philips Semiconductor has unveiled two new chips to create what it calls the industry's first complete line of USB 2.0 chips. USB 2.0 is the newest version of the universal serial bus connection technology. Philips' new USB 2.0-compatible host controller and hub controller join its existing interface chip and peripheral transceiver. The new chips are due out in late fall 2001 and early 2002.
USB 2.0 allows data transfers at up to 480mbps, which is 40 times faster than the current USB 1.1 standard. However, the future of the budding peripheral-connection standard may be shaky. Microsoft recently announced it will not support USB 2.0 in its upcoming Windows XP operating system and will instead throw its support behind FireWire.