USB Implementers Forum

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The USB Implementers’ Forum (USB-IF) is a non-profit organization to promote and support the Universal Serial Bus. Its main activities are the promotion and marketing of USB, Wireless USB, USB On-The-Go, and the maintenance of the specifications, as well as a compliance program.

It was formed in 1995 by the group of companies that developed USB. Notable members include Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Microsoft, Intel, and Agere Systems.

The working committees within USB-IF are:

  • Device Working Group
  • Compliance Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • On-The-Go Working Group

The USB-IF web caters for developers who can freely sign up to the developer web-forums and access documentation, however to join a working group one has to work for a member company or register as a member. The developer forums cover USB hardware and software development and is not an end-user forum.

In 2014 they announced a new USB connection called "USB Type-C". It transfers data with 10 Gbit/s and charges devices with up to 100 Watts. The release is planned within 2014.

Obtaining a vendor ID[edit]

A vendor ID is necessary for developing a USB product. The USB-IF is responsible for issuing USB vendor IDs to product manufacturers. Despite the purported non-profit nature of this organisation, the cost for simply issuing this number is a minimum of US$5,000. Additionally, if a manufacturer of a USB device wishes to use the logo then this becomes a 2-year licensing fee.[1] Some microcontroller manufacturers offer a free or low cost sublicense of their vendor ID for development/testing and limited production (generally under 10,000 units). Vendors offering this free service include:

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External links[edit]

http://www.golem.de/news/imho-usb-typ-c-lieber-heute-als-morgen-1408-108527.html