Orange Micro will release its OrangeUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed PCI board in April in the US.

The company has been at the forefront of USB 2.0 development. It showed its first USB 2.0 products in July 2000.

The OrangeUSB PCI Board has one internal and four external USB 2.0 ports. USB 2.0 is faster than the widely adopted USB 1.1 specification. Version 2.0 offers maximum speeds of up to 480Mbits per second (Mbps), compared to the standard 12Mbps of USB 1.1. USB 2.0 is also backwards compatible, so users can connect their current USB peripherals.

Orange Micro has developed a number of drivers for the board – including Mac OS X and Windows drivers. The board is expected to cost $89, no UK pricing is available yet. The company will release USB 2.0 versions of its CardBus PC card, hub, and FireWire/USB 2.0 combination PCI board in the next two months.