Super Talent announces first USB 3.0 flash drive

By on November 4, 2009, 11:56 AM
Even though Intel is expected to delay USB 3.0 support until sometime in 2011, motherboard makers have gone on their own including the new interconnect in select products via third party controllers. Naturally, compatible devices are starting to make their way onto the market as well, and now Super Talent has announced it plans to start shipping the world's first USB 3.0 flash drives as soon as next month.


Available in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities, the new RAIDDrive USB 3.0 series uses what Super Talent calls “multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology” for optimal NAND flash performance. We can expect 200MB/s transfer rates in USB 3.0 mode and up to a whopping 320MB/s using a separate UAS Protocol driver. USB 2.0 and even 1.1 port compatibility has been preserved, albeit operating at their respective slower speeds.

To put this into perspective, filling up Super Talent's 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive would take a little over 3 minutes at top speed, whereas the same task would take nearly 30 minutes over a USB 2.0 port. There's still no word on pricing, but the company says we can expect retail availability in December from resellers worldwide.




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fref said:

I think Intel will have to revise its plans to push back USB 3.0 chipsets until 2011. With all the products being announced that support the standard, can Intel really afford to look the other way?

zaidpirwani said:

Now, just where is that damn USB 3.0 port on my computer, oh yes I forgot, it doesn't have it. where are the USB 3.0 boards, or is there any special PCI card available for this purpose, as I would really like to get this drive this season..

fref said:

Yes there is, Asus has just announced an expansion card for PCI-Express motherboards called the U3S6. It adds USB 3.0 ports as well as SATA3 6Gbps ports. It's not that expensive either, worth a look.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

So, if these come in 128GB capacities, could this be a clever alternative to an SSD? I've never tried to install an OS on a flash drive before. Is that even possible?

treeski treeski said:

@wagan8r: From my understanding, yes it is possible to install an OS on a flash drive. But flash drives aren't going to replace SSD technology. The problem with flash drives, as I understand it, is that they are ultimately unstable.

Someone else can expand on that or correct me if I'm wrong.

elroacho72 said:

The price is going to be big this year but by 2011 it might be better. Get that first wave of people out of the way. That's if I can wait.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Glad to see this stuff progressing but I would like to see some more support from Intel.

buttus said:

USB 3.0 is still very much in its infancy. As it is, unless one wants to pop in a third party controller card it will be sometime before we see widespread adoption of 3.0 in motherboards.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

At least this is a step in the right direction. Maybe if more of these pop up, this will put pressure on Intel & co to support it quicker

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is great! Hope the technology that backs USB 3.0 will be on every chipset sometime before 2011.

Deso said:

A small Flash drive capable of 200 mb/s ? I predict a 1000 dollar price AT LEAST with about 16/32 GB storage..... USB 2.0 has enough bandwidth for most stuff, what do we really need 3.0 for? Almost nothing is currently maxing out the 480 mbit/s bandwidth of 2.0. Or is new devices coming to the market that didn't get there yet because 2.0 was to slow?

Puiu Puiu said:

Now this come as an surprise. I didn't expect thumb drives to appear so soon. Maybe intel should try to support usb 3.0 sooner than 2011

lynxon said:

At least everyone isn't following with Intel and trying to postpone the adaption of USB 3.0.

LxTrix said:

This with the news Intel isn't going to support it, not good. Its cheaper to manufacture the devices that use usb 3.0 than it use it manufacture the motherboards.

Guest said:

Gigabyte already has the GA-P55A-UD4 out with both USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s SATA onboard, I work for a Gigabyte distributor and we them in stock.

jazboy said:

I guess price is going to be very big for this usb 3.0 drive. I will wait for one year to other companies to enter into this and till then i guess price will go down too for usb 3.0

freedomthinker said:

I respect Intel but what were they smoking when they backed support for USB 3.0 until 2011 ? People are tired of waiting , they need something new .

alberthuang said:

USB 3.0 would bring dramatic changes. Delaying it only slows them down.

Too bad that flash drive won't be as fast for a while.

MBK MBK said:

The prospect that this is coming is sooo awesome. Shame the price and suppport will be shaky till 2011 though...

Timonius Timonius said:

Hmm how are usb 3.0 devices really useful when major companies are still not 'officially' supporting it on the chipsets. I, personally, will wait until 3.0 is actually supported before jumping on the bandwagon.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Would love one right now, but damn Intel and there super rich selfs can just hold off for no ligit reason, talk about hault of innovation just glad there out there.

GACrabill said:

I won't be buying a new laptop just to get USB 3.0 .... but if someone like Super Talent makes a PCMCIA card or Express Card with two USB 3.0 ports in it (hopefully running at near USB 3.0 speeds), then the number of folks who will start buying USB 3.0 products will multiply significantly. If folks have to buy a new PC just to use a new technology like USB 3.0, then it's market growth will be slow.

Ju1iet said:

This is cool! Even SSDs' can't reach 320 MB/s speed. This is "Megabyte" not "Megabit", right? Also, what about SATA 3.0 that we began to see in expensive mobos, especially Intel ones? You install the hdd into a PCI-like slot.

ken777 said:

Most of the specs I've seen on USB flash drives have pretty low read/write speeds. They're not even fast enough to saturate USB 2.0. I'm guessing that flash drives fast enough to benefit from USB 3.0 are going to be pretty pricey.

Razerblade said:

This is all well and good, but we will not be able to use them to their full potential till at least 2011 so you might as well wait until the standard is released and then look at buying one as they will have better specs in the future!

Puiu Puiu said:

GACrabill said:

I won't be buying a new laptop just to get USB 3.0 .... but if someone like Super Talent makes a PCMCIA card or Express Card with two USB 3.0 ports in it (hopefully running at near USB 3.0 speeds), then the number of folks who will start buying USB 3.0 products will multiply significantly. If folks have to buy a new PC just to use a new technology like USB 3.0, then it's market growth will be slow.

Right now getting a card that has USB 3.0 is the cheapest way. I will not upgrade my MB just to get USB 3.0.

limpangel limpangel said:

fref said:

I think Intel will have to revise its plans to push back USB 3.0 chipsets until 2011. With all the products being announced that support the standard, can Intel really afford to look the other way?

Man, people read a headline and think they know it all. What if Intel delays USB 3.0 chipsets to 2011. Intel is not the only chipset manufacturer in the whole world. Already Asus and Gigabyte have support for USB 3.0 with the help of third party chipset manufacturers like NEC, that doesn't mean they are less good or they underperform. A lot of USB 2.0 enabled devices today work with third party chipsets.

The "world's first USB 3.0 flash drives" are not really a suprise, but I can assure you that they will burn a hole in your pocket just for being FIRST.

swilllx2p said:

While cool, I think there kind of jumping the gun on this one. Not sure if it'll play in there favor or not but I certainly would think most reasonable people wouldn't bother with this until usb 3.0 is widespread..which may not be till past 2011. Enthusiasts will get it probably...but i dont see it selling much beyond that for now.

Shalimar said:

Might be nice to think about but the pricing alone will be killer.. and from ST? Not a chance I'd touch it since ST has proven to have total crap customer support.

alexandrionel said:

Always Intel is a bit against progress. When it was about adapting X64 CPU they have delayed it as much as possible. I think that they are just trying to make as much profit as possible from a old technology.

pioneerx01 pioneerx01 said:

I so want one right now. I have been looking for a new fast and 16GB+ drive for some time now. But USB 3.0, I do not think I have enough $$$ or maybe even $$$$.

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