Corsair has also told us about some new flash memory products it plans to start shipping soon. Those products include 512MB and 1GB TurboFlash USB drives, which the company says are designed for Windows Vista's ReadyBoost feature. ReadyBoost allows Vista to use USB flash drives as a sort of cache in order to improve system performance. Since Vista has steeper memory requirements than Windows XP, Corsair says it will offer TurboFlash drives as an alternative to memory upgrades for users who'd rather not open up their PCs.
Corsair is also cooking up new Padlock USB drives. Those drives will be available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB capacities, and they will include a hardware encryption feature controlled by a numeric keypad on the USB flash drive itself. Thanks to a battery built into the drives, users will be able to unlock their data by simply entering their code on the Padlock drive itself, without requiring a connection to a PC or any custom software. And just like a bank card, if a user inputs an incorrect code a certain number of times, the drive will lock itself and won't allow further attempts. That said, Corsair will offer an optional online password retrieval service for users who might legitimately forget their key. The company plans to have Padlock drives out in stores next month.
Also in February, Corsair will launch new Flash Voyager GT and GForce USB flash drives. The Flash Voyager GTs will be speedier versions of the company's current Flash Voyager drives, while the GForce models will be rugged offerings. The GForce drives will come out in 2GB and 4GB capacities with a water-resistant rubber-and-aluminum housing. Corsair says GForce drives have already passed water resistance tests at a depth of 100m (328 feet), and that it's aiming for 200m (656 feet).