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Universal Serial Bus (USB)

Universal Serial Bus (USB): A connection standard for connecting hardware to a computer. Allows for hot-swappable connectivity, where an item can be plugged in or unplugged without turning the host computer on and off again. Originally transferred data at 12Mbit/s, but now transfers data at a rate of 480Mbit/s with the 2.0 High-Speed standard. Theoretically very close to the speed of a Firewire 400 cable, USB 2.0 is still noticeably slower in intensive data applications such as external HDDs. [ Audio Glossary ]

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