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Until recently, USB has been thought of strictly as a consumer communication bus, commonly used for PC peripherals. However, its popularity has caused increasing interest for USB in the industrial space. The introduction of USB 2.0, with a transfer rate of 480 Mbit/s, provides a solution for implementing a portable high speed diagnostic system.
Some of the advantages are:
- High-speed transfer rates with USB 2.0 at 480 Mbit/s
- Easy setup due to Plug-and-Play
The difficulties of Industrial USB include:
- Connector strain relief
- Maximum cable length of 5m (with commercially available USB hubs and extenders, it is possible to extend USB up to 30 m or 500 m, respectively)