In this day and age, Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports, cables and connectors are used by almost everyone, and for a variety of different uses. We use them to connect between our electronic devices and computers, charge devices and share information.

Originally designed in the 1990’s, the USB port was developed by Microsoft, Intel, IBM, NEC, Nortel, DEC and Compaq to standardize the connectors to personal computers and simplify usability issues. The first USB was introduced in 1996, but it was only in 1998 that it was widely used. The first version had data transferred at a rate of either 1.5 Mbps or 12 Mbps. Subsequent versions allowed higher speed for data transfer, but no other major changes.

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