From: Alex Holden <alex_at_linuxhacker.org>
Date: Sat Feb 10 03:02:33 2001

On Fri, 9 Feb 2001, Dave McGuire wrote:
> Microchip recently announced a PIC with a USB interface. I really
> like PICs...now I'm gonna put USB in EVERYTHING! Muahhahahaaa!! 8-)

The only problem is that if you want to distribute USB devices, you are
supposed to buy an (expensive) USB vendor ID from the (supposedly non
profit) USB implementors forum. There isn't even an offical ID for
"experimental" or "locally assigned" products (or there wasn't the last
time I looked). For some reason they seem to be actively trying to
prevent USB becoming popular except with large companies that can afford
to be a member of their select group (it is possible to simply buy a
product ID, but they don't advertise the fact at all because they want
you to pay a large annual fee for full membership instead). Somebody ought
to buy a vendor ID, and then sell the individual product IDs to hobbyists
and self employed developers for $5 each or something...

------- Alex Holden -------
Received on Sat Feb 10 2001 - 03:02:33 GMT

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