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Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive is Super Fast

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 4 comments

RAIDDrive means speedy business.

USB 3.0 is fast. It's ten times faster than our current USB 2.0 and it's been given the marketing name of "Superspeed."

Are you ready for Superspeed? If you have a USB 3.0 controller in your system, you can take advantage of Super Talent's RAIDDrive, which claims to be the world’s first USB 3.0 flash drive.

It's fast with transfer speeds of up to 200MB/sec. in a USB 3.0 port, but can reach transfer speeds of up to 320MB/sec. if a separate UAS Protocol driver for the USB 3.0 port is applied. It’s roomy too, as it comes in 32, 64, and 128 GB capacities.

"The USB 3.0 RAIDDrive uses patented multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology for optimal NAND flash performance. This product underscores Super Talent's continued leadership in USB drives. We have developed the world's first mobile USB 3.0 flash drive. It delivers phenomenal performance and it incorporates our own patented technology," said C.H. Lee, chief operating officer of Super Talent.

Super Talent has yet to specify a price, but we'll know for how much when they release this December. Expect the 128 GB version to be at least $350.

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    Anonymous , 5 November 2009 04:39
    It's fast enough to be used as a boot drive then, right?
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    AW-Levi , 5 November 2009 13:50
    That’s fast. :)  But I doubt that those willing to use such drives can benefit from its full potential regarding speed, since without a solid state drive it's hard to reach a 320 Mb/s transfer rate and of course because of its price. (for now ). Maybe in two years time it will be the best choice (hopefully sooner :) . But if this continues than in two years time we might even see flash drives with a capacity of 1 TB :) )
    However, this is already a big leap.
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    tinnerdxp , 5 November 2009 15:33
    I agree with "aw-levi" - the article sounds like they have managed to obtain those transfer rates throughout the USB3.0 interface... but not to the actual flash memory... which obviously cannot achieve speeds like this...
    Even if they would separate paths to access a series of small flash memory modules - the speed would not be that high... assuming the best flash sticks using normal USB2.0 are achieving 20-30MB per second... they would have to use 10 x USB3.0 lanes to achieve that speed... Bottom line - I don't think so...
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    devilxc , 5 November 2009 18:23
    Sounds like a fib to me...