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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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It's huge!
By blowfish on 11/4/2009 12:59:31 PM , Rating: 3
Did you notice the size of this thing? It's given as 95 x 37 x13 mm! That's freakin' huge!

RE: It's huge!
By nilepez on 11/5/2009 8:49:09 AM , Rating: 2
That's what I was thinking. It's 3.75" long and almost 1.5" wide.

I've seen some ridiculously large 64gb drives and this one sounds like another...though perhaps the dimensions only apply to the largest drive.

It may be fast, but there's no way i'd carry that brick around. I already have to carry 2 cell phones.

RE: It's huge!
By mindless1 on 11/6/2009 12:18:22 AM , Rating: 2
Remember that it has to have highly paralleled chips (more of them) to attain the higher speeds, similar to the state of SSDs today.

It isn't likely they'll make drives this much faster but as small as the smallest USB2 drives any year soon, and when they do you can expect it to be with a new flash chip form-factor so there are more pins on each chip, but I doubt that'll happen any year soon as we haven't seen such a substantial increase in other memory chips recently either, they are approaching solder bump density limits.

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