The USB Implementers Forum
) is a non-profit organisation to promote and support the Universal Serial Bus
USB is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s that defines the cables, connectors and protocols used in a bus for connection, communication and power supply between computers and electronic devices....
. 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
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, NEC, Microsoft
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, Intel, and Agere Systems
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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 hard and software development and is not an end-user Forum.
Obtaining a vendor ID
A vendor ID is necessary for developing a USB product. The USB-IF is responsible for issuing USB vendor ID's to product manufacturers. Despite the purported non-profit nature of this organisation, the cost for simply issuing this number is a minimum of US$2,000. Additionally, if a manufacturer of a USB device wishes to use the Logo then this becomes a 2-year licensing fee. 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:
- Dream S.A.S.
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- Luminary Micro
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Microchip Technology is an American manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors. Its products include microcontrollers , Serial EEPROM devices, Serial SRAM devices, KEELOQ devices, radio frequency devices, thermal, power and battery management analog devices, as well as...
- Silicon Labs
- ST Microelectronics
- Texas Instruments
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- Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA)
- Wireless USB
Wireless USB is a short-range, high-bandwidth wireless radio communication protocol created by the . Wireless USB is sometimes abbreviated as "WUSB", although the USB Implementers Forum discourages this practice and instead prefers to call the technology "Certified Wireless USB" to distinguish it...
- USB On-The-Go
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