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Intel Opens Peripheral Lab to Develop USB 2.0

Intel Corp. announced the opening of a USB 2.0 Peripheral Integration Lab in order to facilitate designers with the development of USB 2.0 interoperability for hardware and software. The USB 2.0 specification was announced in April.

Intel (www.intel.com) is also offering development tools, such as a new compliance device and a peripheral developer kit. The compliance device helps USB host and hub developers cut design and debug time by emulating a number of different transfer types to simulate a wide range of peripherals, such as videoconferencing cameras, scanners, printers, or storage devices.

The peripheral developer kit, announced at the USB 2.0 Developer Conference in June, enables peripheral developers to debug their prototype peripherals in a single step.

Intel is also planning USB 2.0-enabled products next year. At this week's Intel Developer's Forum, the company demonstrated a pre-release version of a Pentium 4-based motherboard with a discrete USB 2.0 host controller. - Isaac Slepner

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