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Review: Sima Hitch USB-101 transfer device

by Steve Kerrison on 12 August 2006, 11:37

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS)

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Introduction

Sima Hitch USB-101 transfer device review


Remember what life was like before plug 'n' play came along? For those of you that don't, count yourself lucky, configuring I/O addresses, DMA and IRQs wasn't much fun. Of course, when plug 'n' play came along it got the affectionate techies calling it plug 'n' pray. The technology has matured since then.

USB surfaced in the mid-90s, not all that long after plug 'n' play, but it introduced something new and radical: hot plug 'n' play. You could add and remove devices without even turning your computer off! High-tech or what? USB's versatility has led to it being the most popular way to connect external devices to PCs.

Most of us now have a USB device that we carry around with us, be it a data stick, camera, audio player, or missile launcher. With all of us carrying around storage devices, wouldn't it be nice to be able to share what we're storing?

A number of solutions, that enable file transfer while not near a computer, have been developed. In fact, the USB Implementers Forum has created a standard to allow two devices to do this - USB On-The-Go - but it needs to be designed into devices. The device we're looking at today aims to allow file transfers between any USB storage device. Sounds interesting, right? Let's get the lowdown on the Sima Hitch USB-101 transfer device.