Super Talent unveiled its third and latest USB 3.0 flash drive at CeBIT this week. Dubbed SuperCrypt Drive
, the new series promises read speeds of up to 240MB/s and two different AES encryption options: 128-bit ECB on the regular SuperCrypt and 256-bit XTS encryption on the SuperCrypt Pro drive. Additionally, both units offer an STT encryption utility for password control.
As expected, the series is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0, so you'll be able to use the drives on just about any computer -- transfer speeds will be restricted by the older standard, of course. Storage capacities range from 16GB to 256GB for the SuperCrypt and 32GB to 256GB for the SuperCrypt Pro. The company says that the USB 3.0 drives will be available later this month but has yet to announce a price.
In the same vein we just contacted Super Talent for an update on their mainstream USB 3.0 Express Drive
, which will offer sustained write speeds of around 50MB/s and is also expected to debut this month. The manufacturer was able to confirm that the 16GB unit should sell for under $70 but says it hasn't worked out the specific pricing for the whole series yet. In any case, assuming they sell for somewhere between $60-70, that works out to a $20-35 premium over your average 16GB thumb drive -- not too bad for the speed bump.
Super Talent also said the new SuperCrypt drives will be priced a lot lower than their top-of-the-line RAIDDrive USB 3.0
-- but that's not saying much considering the latter starts at around $330 for 32GB.