Now that both Asus and Gigabyte have USB 3.0-compatible motherboards on the way, the next step is devices. Super Talent hasn’t skipped a beat, announcing a trio of USB 3.0 flash drives with hefty capacities and impressive top transfer speeds.
The new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive series includes 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models, all with USB 3.0 interfaces backward compatible with current USB 2.0 ports. Super Talent says the drives can reach speeds of up to 200MB/s when hooked up via USB 3.0 thanks to "multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology." Obviously, though, these things won’t break any speed records when hooked up to a second-gen USB port.
Expect to see SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrives at "resellers worldwide" in December, Super Talent says. These may remain something of a niche product for a little while, though—according to the rumor mill, Intel might not add USB 3.0 support to its chipsets until 2011. Until then, motherboard makers will have to rely on third-party USB 3.0 controllers, which could make support for the next-gen interface somewhat rare.