Developed since mid-1990s, the Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is one of the most successful interfaces in the history of the computer hardware. Billions of PCs and peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, webcam, etc. have installed USB to provide data communication, power charging, and even start to support video output with the latest USB 3.1 technology, which will continue this trend of success and popularity by achieving 20 times greater data rate while retaining the ease of use that USB is known for.
USB 2.0 ‒ High Speed
Released in April 2000, the USB 2.0 specification increased the USB maximum data rate to 480 Mb/s, also known as High Speed USB data rate, in addition to the USB 1.x Full Speed data rate of 12 Mb/s. Despite the later USB generations, until today USB 2.0 still remains the most popular USB interface due to its low cost advantage and implementation easiness.
USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 ‒ SuperSpeed
First published in 2008, USB 3.0 offers the so called Super Speed data transmission speed up to 5 Gbps/s, which is over 10 times faster than High Speed USB2.0 (480 Mbps/sec). USB 3.0 significantly increases the data transfer throughput, power efficiency, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
USB 3.1 Gen 2 ‒ SuperSpeed Plus
Different from coexistence of USB 2.0 and 3.0, USB 3.1, first released in 2013, is to replace the USB 3.0 standard. The USB 3.1 standard came with two data transfer rate, 5Gbps SuperSpeed, also referred to as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and introduced a faster transfer rate called SuperSpeed 10 Gbps or SuperSpeed Plus, which increase the data signaling rate to 10 Gbps double the 5Gbps SuperSpeed, and reduced line encoding overhead to 3% by changing the encoding scheme to 128b/132b. USB 3.1 is designed to be backward compatible to all previous USB generations, USB 2.0 and 3.0.
With the advantages of true peer-to-peer connectivity and high efficiency rates, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) is a widely adopted interface. Currently, 1394 is used in mass-market computer, entertainment, and professional products, as well as in a wide range of specialty applications such as music, defense, aerospace, industry, and robotics. There have been over one billion 1394 ports shipped with PCs and peripherals worldwide.
Gigabit Ethernet Vision
Ethernet is one of the most popular networking protocols used today, currently implemented in 85% of the world's LAN connected PCs and workstations. Gigabit Ethernet has become the leading technology in machine vision applications. The success of Gigabit Ethernet is due to its high bandwidth (1000Mbps), uncompressed data transfer, low cost of integration and ability to travel over extended distances of up to 100 meters. Determined to advance the applicable uses and flexibility of Gigabit Ethernet, Newnex has developed Snap-On Gigabit Ethernet plugs with patent pending technology. Newnex' innovative Snap-On Gigabit Ethernet plugs are equipped with industry standard locking screws for extremely easy on-site cable termination. From multi-million cycle high-flex Gigabit Ethernet cabling to custom designed connectors, Newnex will continue to provide quality connectivity products for the Gigabit Ethernet Vision market.
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