(Nikkei BP Group)
(No.1 High-Tech News Site in Japanese)
| USB Exec Holds Great Expectations for iMac to Spread USB
October 8, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Richard Baek, executive director of USB Implementers
Forum, said he holds great expectations that Apple Computer Inc.'s new
iMac will spread the use of USB.
|Baek visited Japan for the WORLD PC EXPO 98 held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba
prefecture near Tokyo from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. He spoke with Nikkei
Personal Computing about USB's future.
USB Implementers Forum is an organization started that
its activities in 1995 to set universal serial bus (USB) standards.
Seven firms including Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp. and NEC Corp. are
the major founders; currently nearly 450 manufacturers and venders are
Nikkei Personal Computing: USB and IEEE 1394 tend to be compared.
How do you compare them?
Baek: USB can conform to almost all devices. However, for the
purpose of high data transfer rates such as for digital video tape recorders,
IEEE 1394 will lead other standards.
USB can also send CCD camera filmed motion pictures of about 20-25 frames
I understand those interfaces are originally developed for different
groups of products.
Nikkei: What kind of USB-conforming products do you think will
come out in the future?
Baek: The areas USB can perform best are joysticks, game pads
It is foreseeable that a number of USB-conformimg products will be introduced
since the number of manufacturers who participate in the USB Implementers
Forum is increasing.
BizTech: Will iMac be a trigger for the spread of USB?
Baek: A number of exhibitions for iMac were presented at this
PC EXPO 98, so it seems there is a great expectation by the PC industry
for it. In fact, iMac is selected as the most outstanding USB product
of the month on our Web
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(Nikkei Personal Computing)