USB Implementers Forum

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and support the Universal Serial Bus (USB). Its main activities are the promotion and marketing of USB, Wireless USB, USB On-The-Go, and the maintenance of the specifications, as well as a compliance program.

USB Implementers Forum
USB Implementers Forum logo.png
Legal status501(c)(6) professional association[2]
HeadquartersBeaverton, Oregon, U.S.[2]
Coordinates45°29′31″N 122°49′58″W / 45.492060°N 122.832878°W / 45.492060; -122.832878Coordinates: 45°29′31″N 122°49′58″W / 45.492060°N 122.832878°W / 45.492060; -122.832878
Jeff Ravencraft[3]
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$4,579,090[2]
Employees (2015)
Volunteers (2015)

The USB-IF was founded in 1995[1] by the group of companies that was developing USB, which was released in 1996. The founding companies of USB-IF were Compaq, Digital, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC and Nortel. Notable current members include Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Microsoft, Apple Inc., Intel, and Agere Systems.

The working committees within USB-IF are:

  • Device Working Group
  • Compliance Committee
  • Marketing Committee

The USB-IF web caters to developers who may sign up freely to the developer web-forums and access documentation. To join a working group, however, one has to work for a member company or register as a member. The developer forums oversee the development of the USB connector, of other USB hardware, and of USB software; they are not end-user forums.

In 2014, the USB-IF announced USB Type-C. USB Type-C transfers data with rates up to 10 Gbit/s and provides up to 100 watts of power.[4]

In 2015, the seven-person board of directors, led by USB-IF President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Ravencraft, consisted of representatives of Apple, HP Inc., Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Renesas Electronics, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments.[2]

Obtaining a vendor IDEdit

A vendor ID is necessary for obtaining a certification of compliance from the USB-IF. The USB-IF is responsible for issuing USB vendor IDs to product manufacturers. The cost for issuing this number is US$5,000 per year. Additionally, the use of a trademarked USB logo to identify certified devices requires license fee of US$3,500 for a 2-year term.[5] Some microcontroller manufacturers offer a free or low cost sublicense of their vendor ID for development/testing and limited production (generally under 10,000 units). Vendors offering this free service include:

Alternatively, many members of the open source community promote the use of USB VID 0xF055 (visually similar to FOSS) for open-source hardware projects. Although this VID is not registered to any company (as of October 2015), the USB-IF have not released any confirmation about reserving it for this particular purpose.[15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Members". USB Implementers Forum, Inc. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". USB Implementers Forum. Guidestar. December 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "About". USB Implementers Forum. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "USB 3.0 Promoter Group Announces USB Type-C Connector Ready for Production" (PDF).
  5. ^ How to get a vendor ID from the USB-IF
  6. ^ Dream S.A.S. USB Vendor ID Application
  7. ^ Energy Micro Application for USB PID Sublicense Archived 16 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ FTDI USB Vendor ID Application
  9. ^ Luminary Micro (now part of Texas Instruments) USB Vendor ID Application
  10. ^ Application for Sub-License to Microchip Universal Serial Bus Vendor ID
  11. ^ NXP to offer global USB Vendor ID program
  12. ^ Silicon Labs USB Vendor ID Application
  13. ^ STMicroelectronics USB Vendor ID Application
  14. ^ Texas Instruments USB Vendor ID Application

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