Super Talent unveils USB 3.0 flash drive

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.

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    • spanky1off
    • 13 years ago

    if the USB 3.0 technology has been finalised…why is intel holding back chipsets until 2011?

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    The mom isn’t half bad either.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 13 years ago

    Bingo! You got it… Much nicer said too compared to “Drive”. They are both old enclosures and/or old drives. Pre-2000, I believe. Still holding all my data tho and that was the point of them, not speed. But still it is time for a NAS machine. That will blow away Firewire.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    (System Drive = Removable Drive) == Windows no likey

    (Desktop Windows, anyway; XP Embedded is a somewhat different story)

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    Heh basically any modern drive, HDD or SSD, is going to saturate USB 2.0. Supporting USB 3.0 sure as heck isn’t necessary for a drive to be able to push more than 30MB/s.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Could be a crappy firewire controller in the enclosure.

    • Welch
    • 13 years ago

    What… who is the shoe lady ahaha?

    Have to agree… the worst is the… ummm… San Fransisco looking guy (read between the lines) wearing the sweater thing dancing. And the little girl and the lady, I just wanna smack them and say “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU DANCING!”

    • Welch
    • 13 years ago

    Yes… ive been waiting for the last few years for them to released a new version of USB. Knowing the speeds of USB 2.0 being the slow out-dated crap that it is… Can’t wait to score on a USB 3.0 External drive.

    Those of you saying you dont care about it, you will. Transfer speeds will finally catch somewhat up to internal, instead of waiting 10-20 hell even 30 minutes for a few gigs to Xfer onto your external drive or thumb drive you can get it in a few minutes. Its about time, especially with the increase of mobile storage and the devices, people want to put their information on their mobile storage and they want it now.

    And backwards compatible.. why not get it? (short of the mobo manufacturer sharing PCI-E bandwidth with SATA 6gb/s and USB 3.0…. just dont get one of those if you plan to use those extra PCI-E for video cards)

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    USB 2.0 barely has enough current to handle aforementioned 2.5″ HDD. Shoddy implementation and/or cable could make it unreliable. The small current boost from USB 3.0 should eliminate that potential headache though.

    Besides, SATA-IO group isn’t sitting on the benches. They already got plans for Power Over eSATA.

    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    eSATA doesnt provide power which is a killer since 2.5″ HDD’s (and all SSD’s) can power themselves via USB 2.0.
    Now that USB3 offers the speed to compete with eSATA and the basically infinite number of peripherials that already use USB connections, i see little to no need for eSATA once the USB3 options are out there and command little or no premium in price.

    • Drive
    • 13 years ago

    Impossible,Even FireWire 400 faster than USB 2.0 in Reading and Writing so what kind of PC you used?!.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 13 years ago

    I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. I have 2 external drives and both have USB and FW ports, but the USB blows the FW in performance. Or maybe it is a Apple thingy only?

    • HiggsBoson
    • 13 years ago

    If the drive is designed to use USB3 but is backwards compatible for USB2, then arguably that’s a perfect drive to use to test a USB2 port to try and saturate the interface.

    • dogchainx
    • 13 years ago

    My thoughts exactly. The speed was good (not great…) a long time ago, and now it’s just pathetic.

    ESata is fast..yes. Universal? not by a long long long shot.

    Firewire is fast…yes. Universal? better than Esata but nowhere near USB.

    Give me a cheap, VERY fast UNIVERSAL serial bus that’s backwards compatible with an 8-year old USB 2.0 port and you’ve got my money.

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    The hard part is actually to break the feeling of comfort and trust people have with the usb port… universal, cheap, can draw power from mobo and etc…and many company already have the license to produce them… i mean many many many… or is it the usb port free for all to produce?… they place it on their design ; mobos, external storage, phones ( mostly smart phones), laptops, even bread toaster as in link below…. why?… its cheap that its almost free in mass production… and it works.. might not give the lightning speed transfer rate but it damn works…

    §[<http://store.theonion.com/usb-powered-toasterbrgift-box-p-71.html<]§ Summing up, LightPeak, eSata , firewire and all the sorts are nice.. more transfer rate, smaller, fancier and as such... but i do think they're a long long way from the state USB is in right now... and i'd pretty much bet firewire will be gone in the next 5 year... just a fancy guess :P...

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    Isnt it nice to have your favourite games or apps installed in these stick… and i dont mean portable apps or super mario… i’m thinking more of Microsoft Office or Crysis.. running at full speed…

    OS is nice too, but then can windows be portable?.. i mean with the licensing and stuff…

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    Why dont you get ADBLOCK?… i uses it as add-on to my browser ( firefox )… and if it somehow skip adblock, try getting extension for adblock… or manually block the source…

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    I am… hoping they replace USB2.0 around 2nd quarter next year… the same quarter i’m planning to get that 6core AMD.. lols…

    By “replace”, i’m hoping that all new devices/gadgets come out with USB3.0 interface and motherboards would at least put 2 slots/headers for it… most importantly less than 10 dollar premium(if need be)… pretty please…

    p/s: I thought Firewire is a dying breed?… sorry, could just be that i havent found much gadgets utilizing it, could just be that i’m not in US or sumthin… to be honest, none of my friends and college mates have them…

    p/s2: in fact, when i think about it, i have never seen it in use…

    • Grahambo
    • 13 years ago

    yeah, but does she play crysis?

    (had to be done)

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Maybe if Macs used faster CPUs it wouldn’t ‘take down the CPU’ /trollmode off 😀

    • Dirge
    • 13 years ago

    I have been holding out for USB 3.0 since I heard it was being developed. I like you have an external drive and hate how damn slow USB 2.0 is.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 13 years ago

    Gee it seemed like only an hour or two to be frank…

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    FW800 has certainly been out for a while…and still, nothing of interest to the average person uses it.

    Standards are standards for a reason. This has the same plug as what everyone else already uses.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Firewire 800 has been out for a while. It destroys USB 2.0 in case you’re wondering and it also doesn’t take down your CPU while doing it.

    Adi

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Yes. That one is aaaaaaaaaaaal gooooood 😀

    Adi

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    I can corroborate to that. I got banned for a week..

    Adi

    • Forge
    • 13 years ago

    Be careful what you say and how. TR is understandably hostile to folks who say ‘FU AD REVENOO’.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 13 years ago

    I was thinking the same damn thing and I have AdBlocker! Pissing me off – especially the guy who can’t dance (off-sync), 2 girls and the old lady – ahh – I just love their smiles!

    I going into the browser and blocking all ask.com crap – they just lost another customer! Great business plan… They learning from nVidia?

    • ew
    • 13 years ago

    I have no desire for USB 3.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    lol I just had to refresh to see what you were talking about…mmm. But the face she has when the animation ends is like >:D and kind of freaky.

    • dogchainx
    • 13 years ago

    Anyone else itching to upgrade to USB 3.0?

    I have quite a few external hard drives and it’s painful to transfer things using USB 2.0, especially when you’re dealing with a Terabyte of data. (I know…esata…but that’s not on every single computer/laptop now is it?)

    I doubt Intel not implementing USB 3.0 into their chipsets won’t have that much affect with USB 3.0 gaining wide support quickly. People will require it, whether it be an add-on chip, PCI-E card or perhaps an expresscard solution.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    If you don’t have Flash installed it’s just a nice, non-animated GIF.

    • liquidsquid
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah, I hear you *gouges at eyes*

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Holy cow that Ask.com ad is annoying, unless it’s the “shoe” lady, and then it’s aaaalllll gooooood.

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