It's an eventful week for USB 3.0 with several companies launching products that utilize the new interface. Kingston has begun shipping its first USB 3.0 flash drives, the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 series
. The new line boasts peak read and write rates of 80MB/s and 60MB/s over USB 3.0, or about 30MB/s and 30MB/s over USB 2.0.
In testing, a 1 hour 44 minute video (3.9GB) was written to the drive in 1 minute 13 seconds. A 2 hour 23 minute DVD (4.4GB) transferred to the drive at 1 minute and 23 seconds. The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is currently available with a five-year warranty for a suggested retail price of $89 (16GB), $138 (32GB), and $278 (64GB).
LaCie has launched its "2big USB 3.0
" two bay NAS. The enclosure is sold with 2TB or 4TB of storage at $349.99 and $579.99, with maximum transfer rates of 190MB/s and 160MB/s read/write. The drives can be configured in RAID 0, 1, or JBOD and the company throws in niceties like backup software and a USB 3.0 PCIe card.
Meanwhile, DisplayLink yesterday introduced DL-1000 and DL-3000 series
USB 3.0 chip platforms "for next-generation displays, docking stations and other integrated devices." The new silicon will enable creations such as USB or Ethernet-powered monitors, USB to HDMI/DVI/VGA/DisplayPort adapters, and much more.