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Course 7: Powered USB

Chapter 4: Future

As an unratified connectivity standard, PoweredUSB does not have a well defined product evolution roadmap. Because it is, however, well entrenched in retail markets thanks to its broad vendor support, it will remain a mainstay for POS solutions for some time to come. A number of leading vendors of retail POS equipment, including Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, NCR, Star Micronics and Wincor have incorporated PoweredUSB into all of their product lines and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Industrial markets are also drawn to PoweredUSB because many of the same environmental issues that help guide retail implementations are also evident in factories and related industrial environments. PoweredUSB technology is useful in embedded devices and shop floor machines, and is already being adopted by vendors in a growing array of compelling industrial solutions and applications.

Against this backdrop of broad-based industry support, it is commonly accepted that IBM will continue to actively support the PoweredUSB market that it helped create as it works with its industry partners to extend the uses of this unique and value-added technology.

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