USB 2.0 CardBus Adapter

In the world of modern computing, there are thousands of different pieces of technology available inside a single computer. These take the form of many large boards, long wires and intricately connected circuitry, these, in turn help many complex processes to take place in order to control many peripheral devices. One such technical gadget is known as the PC Card. The PC Card is the form factor of a peripheral interface system that is formulated to be used for laptop computers. The original intention of PC Cards was to increase the storage capabilities on computers, but because of rapid technological growth and new discoveries, PC Cards soon found other, more useful tasks and thus, the primary idea of memory expansion was abandoned.

The CardBus is similar to the PC Card in the sense that it uses the same technology such as comparable signaling protocols. It is also sometimes known as the 32 bit version of the PC Card model, which employed a 16-bit card device. They were released in 1995 and were implemented into laptops during late 1997. One of the features of the CardBus was that it supported bus mastering; which permitted a controller situated in the bus to communicate with other devices such as data storage units without actually having to go through the CPU. They were quite efficient as they were able to work at speeds up to 33 MHz.

CardBus has developed rapidly over the years with the release of Type 2 as well as Type 3 CadBuses. However, as technology is able to advance faster than humans can keep up, the CardBuses are designed accordingly so that they are able to connect with older types as technological devices. For instance, a Type 3 CardBus slot will be able to accept both Type 1 and 2 CardBus, though a Type 2 slot cannot communicate with a Type 3 CardBus.

One of the most important uses of CardBuses is to use them as adapters so that other devices or peripherals may be used with the computer. One such adapter is the D-Link DUB-C2 USB 2.0 Notebook adapter. This is a device which is able to improve a notebook computer by adding 2 USB 2.0 ports to it. This means that the notebooks will then be able to access and properly use USB 2.0 peripherals such as keyboards, mice, Digital Cameras, USB printers, scanners and external storage devices.

The main feature of this USB CardBus adapter is that it adds two USB ports which are able to operate at 40 times faster than the previous one. USB 1.1 versions incorporate a maximum transfer rate of 480 Mbps, though the actual transfer rate may vary according to the specifications of the notebook as well as the peripheral device being used. The faster speed means it will take less time to use the devices. For instance, printing and scanning can be done at a much faster speed and data can be sent and received between internal and external memory storage devices at an enhanced rate.

One might wonder whether this device can also support older USB systems? The answer is yes. The DUB-C2 is backward harmonious and can interact with USB 1.0 and 1.1 devices. This is because its ingenious chipset is able to detect the type of USB of the device that has been connected and will then operate that device using the suitable speed. This CardBus adapter is also very flexible because of the fact that it is compatible with both Microsoft as well as Apple computers and has perfect functionality on almost all the well-known operating systems.

This USB 2.0 CardBus Adapter Review is Written/Updated on Nov 13th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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