USB and FireWire
Following the introduction of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) and in its wake FireWire (IEEE 1394), almost all hardware and software vendors in the computer world have ranged themselves behind the serial-bus concept. USB has thus become the standard for connecting peripheral devices to the PC. Thanks to this development, there is finally a single interface standard which allows all computer devices to be connected to each other. In the meantime, manufacturers of consumer electronics have also embraced the new FireWire standard.