USB 3.0 just keeps getting better, and faster. Patriot
, which is
probably best known for their solid state drives and memory modules, has
just revealed a new USB 3.0 thumb drive. The Supersonic USB 3.0 lives
up to its name, offering a native single-chip USB 3.0 controller as well
as quad-channel technology that helps better take advantage of the
The Patriot Supersonic series eliminates performance bottlenecks
introduced when using a separate USB
3.0 bridge chip by integrating a
native USB 3.0 flash memory controller. This results in a smaller
footprint and higher performance than bridge based solutions. The drive
is housed in aluminum and is quite shock-resistant. It will ship in 32GB
and 64GB versions, offering sequential read speeds of up to 100MB/s and
write rates as high as 70MB/s. No pricing is listed at the moment, but
it's probably safe to expect a price premium to follow these speed
Patriot Announces Ultra-Fast Single-Chip USB 3.0 Flash Drive
New Supersonic flash drives deliver blazing-fast external USB 3.0 storage in a portable form factor
FREMONT, CALIF., USA December 9, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announces the Supersonic USB 3.0 flash drive series with a native single-chip USB 3.0 controller. The Patriot Supersonic series breaks away from typical USB 3.0 flash drive and delivers blazing-fast performance with its Quad-Channel technology in a miniature ultra-light form factor.
The Patriot Supersonic series eliminates performance bottlenecks introduced when using a separate USB 3.0 bridge chip by integrating a native USB 3.0 flash memory controller. This results in a smaller footprint and higher performance than bridge based solutions - see chart below.
"Patriot is one of the first companies to integrate a native single-chip USB 3.0 flash memory controller. By pairing the controller with our Quad-Channel technology, we're able to maximize performance with the Supersonic series," says Les Henry, Patriot Memory's Vice President of Engineering. "We are able to shrink the physical size of the USB 3.0 flash drives for even greater portability."
An aluminium housing makes the Supersonic series ultra-lightweight, portable and stylish. The housing delivers extreme durability with shock resistance up to 15Gs to ensure safe transportation of your data. Expect the Patriot 32GB and 64GB Supersonic USB 3.0 flash drives to be available early Q1 2011.
- Patriot Supersonic Series - single-chip USB 3.0 flash drives
- Quad-Channel technology
- Blazing-fast performance
- 32GB and 64GB capacities
- Sequential read speed: 100MB/s
- Sequential write speed: 70MB/s