When talking about USB, all that you can think about is a device that you usually plug into the front port of your cabinet. However, the device is not actually known as a USB, even though it is called so by majority of PC users. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus which is an industry standard introduced in the 1990s that defines connectors, communication protocols and cables for communication and power supply between electronic devices and computers. And who happens to be behind the innovation? Ajay V. Bhatt – Yes an Indian indeed. Isn’t that amazing?
Bhatt joined the Intel Corporation as senior architect managing the chipset architecture team in Folsom. The actual reason for the introduction of the USB standard was to build up an interface that was faster as well as universal. As a result, it was possible to reduce the number of ports located behind the computer cabinet, as one single port could connect to multiple devices. As of 2008, approximately 2 billion USB ports and interfaces were being sold each year.
Apart from Intel, others who contributed towards the development include popular names like Intel, Microsoft, Nortel, NEC, IBM, DEC and Compaq. The first USB version to be released officially was USB 1.0 which was made public in 1996. This version had a maximum data transfer rate of 12 Mbit/s. Later in 2000, USB 2.0 was released which achieved a speed of 480 Mibit/s. This version is still widely in use. The USB 3.0 was released in November 2010 and offered an amazing data transfer speed of up to 5Gbit/s.
Almost every computer device now comes with a USB connection, thereby making it easy for you to connect them to your computer. Credit definitely goes to Ajay V. Bhatt. So, next time you use a USB device, be proud of it and why won’t you? It was developed by an Indian.