LaCie intros SSD USB 3.0 drive, touts 260MB/s transfers

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Need a super quick thumb drive? Prepared to spend a couple hundred bucks? Meet LaCie's "FastKey," said to be the world's smallest SSD USB 3.0 drive. Measuring 1.1 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches and weighing just over an ounce, the device isn't much, if any larger than the average USB 2.0 flash drive. However, it marries the performance of "highly robust" solid state drive, USB 3.0 and DRAM cache technology to deliver a maximum transfer rate of 260MB/s -- well beyond the speed of your typical USB 2.0 offering.

By LaCie's calculations, the FastKey is quick enough to transfer 1,000 MP3s or five DIVX videos in less than 60 seconds. Instead of waiting minutes to transfer a large number of photos or songs, the company says transferring small files is "immediate." Other features are limited to a sleek aluminum casing and software for AES 256-bit encryption, but hey, what more do you need with 260MB/s transfers? Pricing starts at $149.99 for a 30GB drive, while 60GB and 120GB versions are $249.99 and $479.99.

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