Scanner Trivia #6: The More You Know!

In this week’s weekly segment on scanner trivia, we’ll be taking a look at one of the most useful functions of modern scanners – PC and Network Compatibility.
In today’s world of modern convenience and interconnectedness, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how far our technology has progressed. While most of our modern scanners now come pre-built with full USB 3.0 compatibility, this wasn’t always the case. From FireWire to SCSI to GPIB, and finally USB, scanner networking has been accomplished through a wide array of different connection types. The earliest network connections were accomplished through proprietary interfaces which were constructed by the scanner manufacturers, who built the connection ports into the card of the device in order to save on costs. In the 70’s, the rise of drumscanners saw the introduction of both FireWire and GPIB connections – while the former was very popular during its heyday, FireWire connections have since been largely phased out of relevancy. In the late 90’s, both the USB and the SCSI connection formats were introduced, although ultimately only USB was able to maintain its relevance in modern devices. Nowadays, USB 3.0 has become industry standard for modern networking connections, but it’s interesting to think about just how many different types of connection formats were developed in order to bring us to where we are now.
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