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== Definition ==
The '''Universal Serial Bus''' ('''USB''') is a [[hardware]] [[interface]] for low-speed [[peripheral]]s such as the [[keyboard]], [[mouse]], joystick, [[scanner]], [[printer]], exter­nal [[storage]] devices, [[mobile phone]]s, [[smart phone]]s, [[PDA]]s, and [[software]] [[dongle]]s.
 
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The '''Universal Serial Bus''' ('''USB''') is
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{{Quote|[a] [[computer hardware]] [[interface]] [[connection]] that facilitates the use of many [[peripheral device]]s including [[keyboard]]s, [[mice]], [[joystick]]s, [[scanner]]s, [[printer]]s, [[external storage device]]s, [[mobile phone]]s, [[smart phone]]s, [[PDA]]s, and [[software dongle]]s.<ref>[[U.S. Department of Justice]], [[National Institute of Justice]], [[Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders]] 61 (2d ed. Apr. 2008) ([http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/219941.pdf full-text]).</ref>}}
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== Overview ==
   
 
USB drives, sometimes referred to as [[thumb drive]]s, are chewing-gum-pack size [[hardware]] components with a USB connector at one end, and built as a [[printed circuit board]] within a plastic housing that encases a [[processor]] and [[memory]].
 
USB drives, sometimes referred to as [[thumb drive]]s, are chewing-gum-pack size [[hardware]] components with a USB connector at one end, and built as a [[printed circuit board]] within a plastic housing that encases a [[processor]] and [[memory]].
   
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There are two versions of USB. USB 1.0, the older version, [[data transfer|transfers data]] at speeds up to 12 [[mbps]]. USB 2.0 can achieve [[data transfer]] rates up to 480 [[mbps]].
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Latest revision as of 02:39, 3 January 2011

Definition[]

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is

[a] computer hardware interface connection that facilitates the use of many peripheral devices including keyboards, mice, joysticks, scanners, printers, external storage devices, mobile phones, smart phones, PDAs, and software dongles.[1]

Overview[]

USB drives, sometimes referred to as thumb drives, are chewing-gum-pack size hardware components with a USB connector at one end, and built as a printed circuit board within a plastic housing that encases a processor and memory.

There are two versions of USB. USB 1.0, the older version, transfers data at speeds up to 12 mbps. USB 2.0 can achieve data transfer rates up to 480 mbps.

References[]