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USB 3.0 drive to be available early next month

Super Talent Technology has been making a name for itself in the Solid State Drive market with speedy SSDs and its PCIe based RAIDDrive solutions. The company is now announcing that it plans to be the first in the world to ship USB 3.0 flash drives, with first availability at the beginning of December.
The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than regular USB 2.0. Although it has a theoretical throughput of 5 Gbps, USB 3.0 still uses 8b10 encoding. That overhead means that real world applications will top out at around 400 MB/s, still much faster than the typical 35-40 MB/s with USB 2.0.

"This product underscores Super Talent’s continued leadership in USB drives.” said Super Talent's COO, Mr. C.H. Lee. “We’ve developed the world’s first mobile USB 3.0 flash drive. It delivers phenomenal performance and it incorporates our own patented technology”.

Super Talent's new RAIDDrive USB 3.0 series uses patented “multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology” for optimal NAND flash performance. It will transfer data at 200 MB/s using a USB 3.0 port,  but it can reach up to 320MB/s using a UAS Protocol driver.

The USB Attached SCSI (UAS) protocol runs over the USB 3.0 interface. The specifications were developed by the USB-IF to enhance the efficiency of USB storage devices. This is supposed to result in higher speeds and more consistent performance, as well as lower CPU utilization for both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices.

The new drive uses USB 3.0 hardware from NEC, and will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. It will be fully backward compatible with all USB ports, but operates at much slower speeds. It measures a 95 x 37 x13 mm, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Super Talent states that the new drive will have more than 10 years of data retention.

"SuperSpeed allows USB to meet the transfer demands of modern mass storage devices," said Yoshiyuki Yamada, Senior Engineering Manager, Custom SOC Solutions Strategic Business Unit, at NEC Electronics America, Inc.

The new drive comes at a good time, as the first motherboards supporting USB 3.0 have just hit the market. Pricing information is not yet available.

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32GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive


64GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive


128GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive

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By Aaron M on 11/4/2009 12:25:57 PM , Rating: 1
I wonder what the read/write speeds are when using standard USB 2.0. Also, how many read/write cycles are implied in "10 years of data retention".

I know Super Talent made some of the fastest SLC thumb drives, though the fastest ones topped out at 4GB, and are no longer easy to find. I wonder how these new drives compare to those, in durability and USB 2.0 performance.

Coincidentally, I was about to purchase an OCZ Rally2 Turbo 4GB thumb drive, as it's way faster and more reliable than anything else you can easily find in stores. I may hold off, pending further information regarding performance and price of these new drives.

By leexgx on 11/5/2009 12:43:11 AM , Rating: 2
35mb/s to 200mb/s is far faster
wounder what at the Write speeds be like as most do not go past 5-10MB/s on the fast ones that do not cost a lot but are fast Peak xtreme 2

peak 3 are crap they are cheap 8mb/s read less then 1mb/s Write if its 1 big file if its small files its like 200kb/s or lower

By mindless1 on 11/6/2009 12:06:10 AM , Rating: 2
You seem to have had a poor experience with USB2 flash drives, I've a MLC flash chipped Rally2 (non-turbo version) that transfers 1GB of songs in about 1.5 minutes, hardly enough time to get bothered about, you simply copy things before you're ready to stand up and leave the computer (multi-tasking 'n all...).

As for being drawn to the 1.0, if we could skip right to 2.0 I'm all for it, but why wait any longer than necessary if you wanted a board that happened to have USB3 too?

By Silver2k7 on 11/9/2009 1:35:31 AM , Rating: 2
but if your dealing with video files you might have 20GB instead of your 1.5 min you suddenly got 30 min..

then USB3 begins to shine ;)

By Calin on 11/5/2009 1:06:01 AM , Rating: 2
10 years of data retention means if you write it now, you can read it after 10 years. It has no connection with read/write cycles
Flash memory has a "forget" period - some time ago it was no more than a couple of years (and your data would corrupt itself).

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