Adata puts Type-C connector on tiny USB stick, speedy RAID drive

The USB 3.1 specification includes not only a reversible Type-C connector, but also support for faster transfer rates up to 10Gbps. At CES this week, Adata is showing a couple of storage devices that take advantage of both attributes.

The SE700 external drive pictured above combines dual 2.5" SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration. It's capable of hitting 819MB/s with sequential reads and 839MB/s with writes, according to Adata, which is roughly double what we'd expect from a USB 3.0 SSD.

Although the SE700's Type-C goodness isn't visible in the image above, the reversible connector is clearly shown in the shots we have of Adata's tiny UC360 thumb drive:

Yeah, maybe it's time to stop calling these things thumb drives. The UC360 is smaller than the tip of Scott's pinkie finger. Despite its size, the drive packs 64GB of storage. All it needs is a little ring for a key chain.

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    • dashbarron
    • 5 years ago

    Somewhat massive reply to a few posts here.

    Very good summary at Cnet on the new type C connectors and the history of USB: [url<]http://www.cnet.com/news/usb-type-c-one-cable-to-connect-them-all/[/url<] Basically, while backwards compatibility has really helped USB over the years and has been a good business strategy for many companies, the USB forum is trying to create, long-lasting standard to be used for years to come. They no longer see it wise to keep using the old Type-A standard, which is hindered by the large array of Type B connectors. With the new Type C port and cable, everything is the same for every host, device, port, and cable. Both ends of the cable will work with whatever computer or device you plug into, without having to worry about orientation either. And of course, 10Gbps speeds to match Thunderbolt, plus the power delivery to keep super competitive. And the possibility to power all of your devices with this same cable, and no more array of random devices or adapters either. It's the answer to complaints a lot of us have had on things we'd like to see improved upon. It's just going to take us all getting past this hump and start using it. Sometimes you have to leave the past behind. Companies will save money in the long run and we'll all be happier with this convenience.

    • thudo
    • 5 years ago

    USB 3.1 !!!!!!!! [dies but throws mo money at yah!]

    • mkk
    • 5 years ago

    Yeah if anything it’s more of a question why its predecessors have been so poorly thought out. Type C is here to stay for a long, long while.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 5 years ago

      The original type A was just 4 pins in a time where keyed single-fit connectors was common. Think of what USB was intended to replace – 9-pin serial, 25-pin parallel, PS2, and the list goes on. It wasn’t really a big deal until it came time to connect/disconnect things repeatedly, like we do with USB flash drives and phones.

        • Deanjo
        • 5 years ago

        [quote<]It wasn't really a big deal until it came time to connect/disconnect things repeatedly, like we do with USB flash drives and phones.[/quote<] The thing is that USB right from the very conception of USB was always to be a hot plug device connection and that should have factored into their connector design. mkk has a point.

      • designerfx
      • 5 years ago

      all of USB has been amazingly well thought out. Look at our backwards compatibility, general stability and just how widespread use has been. Coming up with USB in general and the uses we have for it today are bewildering in how great they are thus far.

      With that said, I’m all for type-c for everything going forward.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 5 years ago

    Can’t wait for all the mass confusion caused by type-C peripherals. “It says USB on the box, but I can’t figure out how to plug it in…”

      • NeelyCam
      • 5 years ago

      Yeah… it says USB3, and my laptop has those pretty blue USB3 ports. But… it… just… doesn’t… fit… HELP!?!

        • mkk
        • 5 years ago

        I’ve met many users who can make it fit…

          • Brainsan
          • 5 years ago

          Like this guy:

          [url<]http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/500x_chain-usb1.jpg[/url<]

      • Takeshi7
      • 5 years ago

      I don’t get it either. They could have made a reversible connector that is backwards compatible with the old ports. I have no idea why they had to create an entirely new one.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 5 years ago

        I get why they do it and I’m not complaining about the actual connector. You need it on the front of the PC and on all the stuff you’ll plug into it, like mini drives like this and phones and so on. Smaller itself is not bad, but it badly needs a rebrand. Or else they’ll all come with cost-enhancing adapters that you’ll just lose in 20 minutes anyway.

          • yuhong
          • 5 years ago

          Phones already need separate cables anyway, so I expect these to do it first.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 5 years ago

        They’ve changed the pin layouts and stuff, made it “forward compatible”, etc.

      • yuhong
      • 5 years ago

      I expect that PCs will ship with the right ports first, then type-C peripherals will become more common as time goes by. Some education will be required as to the differences of course.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 5 years ago

        Same, but people (non enthusiasts that make up 90-some percent of the market) get new phones every 2 years on contract subsidies and replace their pcs closer to every 5. So there’s bound to be confusion among Joseph Six Pack.

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