Today SuperTalent unveiled the world’s first USB 3.0 flash drive, with the moniker RAIDDrive. The new device gets its name from using a patented SuperTalent technology that uses multiple lines of data within the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 spec concurrently – sort of, but not quite, like striping a pair of hard drives together in RAID 0. It’s a little chunky for a flash drive at 3.74 x 1.46 x 0.51 inches, but that’s definitely something I can live with for speeds like this.
The new drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, though it’ll be limited by the spec and overhead to something like a max of 30MB/s. In a USB 3.0 port, though, it starts to shine, with transfer (meaning read speeds) of up to 200MB/s. That’s faster than any traditional hard drive. It gets better, though: with a special UAS Protocol driver and a USB 3.0 port, the new RAIDDrive can get up to 320MB/s of data flowing through its circuits. Very, very fast.
There’s no word yet on price, but it’s definitely not going to be cheap – next-gen technology, high speeds and lots of room; the drive will be available in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities. SuperTalent expects the drives to be available from its resellers worldwide in December.