SuperTalent Unveils World’s First USB 3.0 Flash Drive

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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.

SuperTalent USB3.0 RAIDDrive  SuperTalent USB3.0 RAIDDrive

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.

 

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