Here's our Hardware Tip for.. December 24, 1999
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Universal Serial Bus (USB) Update--Part 1 of 4
Remember the initial confusion over the two newest PC buses: USB and IEEE 1364 FireWire? It was hard to figure out what products would be available on what buses. In general, we heard that lower bandwidth devices (such as keyboards, joysticks, and digital cameras) would come in USB form, while higher bandwidth devices such as audiovideo cameras and editing stations would connect using FireWire.

Well, forget everything you've learned. At the latest Intel Developer's Forum, it was announced that USB 2.0, the next generation of USB, will run at speeds as fast as the FireWire bus--between 360 and 480 Mbps (FireWire currently tranfers data at about 400 Mbps). Expect PCs and products capable of handling USB 2.0 in the second half of 2000.

What this means for consumers who are trying to decide between product interfaces is still anyone's guess, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, over the next few days we'll pass along other USB updates and tips.