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Not your typical flash drive

When most people think of USB flash drives, the image that comes to mind is a small, compact device with a USB connector sticking out.

OCZ is about to change that.

The company is announcing a new partnership with Symwave, a silicon supplier for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices, and the first prototype isn't what you'd expect. OCZ has created a large, flat, external Solid State Drive with a USB 3.0 slot. It will connect through a cable to computers with a USB 3.0 interface.

SSDs have hit a wall, as they are currently limited by the SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. This has led several SSD manufacturers to focus on PCIe-based SSDs to boost performance.

“Thanks to Symwave’s industry leading USB 3.0 storage controller, our external SSD device delivers 10x the transfer rate of USB 2.0 at 5Gb/s, as well as several ‘green’ improvements including superior power management and lower CPU utilization,” said Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “We are determined to be at the forefront of the market by offering products with unparalleled performance, reliability, and design to unleash the potential of flash-based storage."

This is likely to be just the first of several new products that will be announced by OCZ using the USB 3.0 interface. Super Talent previously announced a very fast USB 3.0 flash drive in a more traditional form factor.

“OCZ’s products are synonymous with high performance. Combining our USB 3.0 controller with their SSD technology, both architected for performance without compromise, is a perfect match,” said John O’Neill, Vice President of Marketing at Symwave. “CES will be a showcase for new and innovative products that provide consumers with a dramatically improved user experience. Symwave is committed to delivering silicon and software solutions that will transform the way consumers view and use USB storage devices.”

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RE: Hit a wall?
By Natfly on 11/24/2009 3:21:33 PM , Rating: 2
Commercially sold drives are mostly just recentlly cresting to the 250megabyte limit of sata revision2.

Intel has been sitting at that crest for over a year now (since the introduction of the X25-M.) Most of the upper end ssd drives have been sitting at ~250MB/s sequential read for a while now.

If the single interface capacity was the limit we would see all newer drives produced with multiple sata interface ports and the drive required to operate on a raid controller

Why do that when most motherboards support raid and the users can do that themselves?

The reality is while it might hold them back in a lab, commercially available products right now are not truly suffering. 6gb sata is arriving at the perfect time.

I'll agree with you there but for a different reason. Random reads/writes are where the most felt performance increase lies, and those aren't close to the 3Gb limit. High sequential reads can be had simply by raiding a couple mechanical drives together, but the slow access times are still going to be the primary limiting factor in everyday usage.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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