Super Talent to ship its first USB 3.0 flash drives this week

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According to DailyTech, Super Talent will begin shipping its RAIDDrive USB 3.0 flash drives this week. The series uses "multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology" and boasts transfer speeds of 200MB/s via USB 3.0 or up to 320MB/s using a UAS Protocol driver. Super Talent plans to offer drives in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities, but only a few thousand 64GB units will be available to boot.

The 64GB model will debut at a price of about $400, while the 32GB and 128GB variants should cost around $300 and $650 -- the inevitable early adopter tax. If that's outside your budget, the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will surely entice other memory companies like OCZ and Corsair to unveil their SuperSpeed USB goods. Granted, their prices will also be high, but competition eventually works wonders.

Unfortunately, Intel is taking its time with cranking out USB 3.0-ready southbridges. In the meantime, motherboard makers will have to rely on third party controllers. It's also safe to assume that various expansion cards with USB 3.0 ports will soon be available, which should allow older systems to adopt the new technology cheaply.

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