The USB Implementers Forum has announced the first USB 2.0 Developers Conference, to be held May 15-18, Anaheim, California.

Final specifications for the USB 2.0 specification were announced April 26 at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in San Francisco.

The Developers Conference is an opportunity for peripheral manufacturers to meet the USB 2.0 development team, and is open to both members and non-members of the Implementers Forum.

For developers and manufacturers, the conference will offer four one hour hands-on peripheral developers kit workshops. This will give developers the chance to work with and learn the basics for setting up and using USB 2.0 peripherals.

Jason Ziller, of Intel, Martin Reynolds, vice president of Dataquest and Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst of Insight 64 will give keynote speeches.

USB 2.0 offers transfer rates up to 480Mbps – or 40 times faster than the existing USB standard and 80Mbps faster than the current FireWire (IEEE 1394) specification. USB 2.0 will be compatible with existing USB 1.0 devices. Both USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 devices will be able to run simultaneously from the same USB port.