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Limited and pricey for first few weeks

Many technology enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting products supporting the USB 3.0 interface, which has a raw throughput of 5 Gbps. This is ten times that of the older USB 2.0 interface (USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with the older USB 2.0 interface). The ubiquity of USB led to the replacement of floppy drives and Zip disks by USB flash drives.

Super Talent announced the first USB 3.0 flash drives in November. The 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. However, it will top out around 35 MB/s in older USB 2.0 ports due to interface limitations and even slower in USB 1.1 ports. It uses USB 3.0 chips supplied by NEC.

DailyTech has learned that Super Talent will start shipping the first batch of drives out this week, with availability next week. The company is still ramping up production, so only a few thousand will be available initially. Interest is reportedly strong, with many units pre-sold already.

The first motherboards supporting USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA hit the market last month, so there is already a steadily growing market. Most of the early adopters of the new USB 3.0 flash drives are expected to be professionals who rely on their data and carry around large amounts of it.

Only 64GB versions will be available at first, priced around the $400 mark. Although this seems pricey, the first 1GB USB 2.0 drives hit the market five years ago around the $300 mark and were readily gobbled up by enthusiasts. Pricing is not expected to drop for the next couple of months, as NAND flash prices remain high after doubling in the last six months.

Update: We have received unofficial retail pricing information from Super Talent.

Part Number


Unofficial Pricing


32GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive



64GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive



128GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Drive



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RE: meh
By Souka on 12/8/2009 11:49:53 AM , Rating: 3
Ok, so to utilize the full benifit of this pricey USB device you need: a new MB that supports USB 3.0, this pricey USB device, oh...and a fast hard-drive, preferably an Intel X25-E drive...

Kewl yes...I"m glad to see new technology being pushed out and manufacturers building it.... but for me, I'll wait until I NEED this speed. :)

RE: meh
By geddarkstorm on 12/8/2009 12:17:37 PM , Rating: 5
If it didn't get invented, built, pushed out, and bought by the early adopters, you'd never have the option to buy it when you /needed/.

RE: meh
By Souka on 12/8/2009 12:20:38 PM , Rating: 2

At least it seems with all this SSD and now this USB flash drive, the devices are actually utilizing the bandwidth available to them.

Unlike the old ATA drives of the past...ATA66, ATA100, ATA133, etc... yet at the time the fastest drives barely hit 1/2 that capacity on throughput, with the ocassional burst hitting the limit. Same is pretty much true for SATA, but SATA has many other benifits also! :)

RE: meh
By Silver2k7 on 12/8/2009 3:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
lol what are you going on about, all you need is a controller card for USB3.

of course you could get a new motherboard, but the first gen with USB3 only have 3 ports anyway.. perhaps best to get 2nd gen sometimes 2010.

RE: meh
By Veerappan on 12/8/2009 5:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm know you were half-joking about the expense of the requirements, but I did just want to point out that you could get a PCI Express USB 3.0 add-in card instead of being forced to upgrade your motherboard.

I just saw yesterday an article about a card which uses a PCI-e x4 slot and provides 2x USB 3.0 ports and 2x SATA III 6Gbps internal ports (using the NEC USB 3.0 chip, and Marvell SATA III controller routed through a PCI-e bridge chip). Think it was on

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