Super Talent Rides the SuperSpeed Bus with New USB 3.0 Express Drive - HotHardware
Super Talent Rides the SuperSpeed Bus with New USB 3.0 Express Drive

Super Talent Rides the SuperSpeed Bus with New USB 3.0 Express Drive

So what if Intel is taking its sweet little time adopting the USB 3.0 spec, let the transition begin. Sure, it sucks that the world's largest chip maker isn't on board yet, but when Intel finally comes around, at least we won't be complaining about a lack of SuperSpeed devices. The latest piece of USB 3.0 hardware to come to market is Super Talent's new Express Drive, an ordinary looking USB thumb drive with extraordinary transfer capabilities.


The new drive comes in two capacities, 16GB ($69) and 32GB ($119). In exchange for the pricing premium (compared to USB 2.0 drives), Super Talent promises transfer speeds over 125MB/s on USB 3.0, and over 43MB/s on USB 2.0. In other words, buy it today and take full advantage of it tomorrow (unless you're rocking a board with one of those groovy NEC USB 3.0 chips).

Press release below.

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that they will begin offering SuperTalent’s USB 3.0 Express Drive.

   
 

The new USB 3.0 standard enables flash manufactures to create new high performance architectures that outperform even the fastest USB 2.0 devices. The USB 3.0 Express drive is one such solution. Available in 16 and 32GB capacities, the USB 3.0 Express Drive is fully backward compatible to the millions of USB 2.0 connectors worldwide and offers extreme performance in both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

When attached to a USB 3.0 port, the new Express drive reaches speeds of over 125MB/s, but when attached to a USB 2.0 port it performs faster than any other drive in its category; maxing out the bus with speeds up to 43MB/s. It’s “future proof.” Utilize the product as a USB 2.0 flash drive and take advantage of its best in class performance today; and as the USB 3.0 standard proliferates, the performance of your drive will increase to over 125MB/s.

“The SuperTalent USB 3.0 Express Drive is the answer for anyone looking for an affordable USB 3.0 drive and we are proud to announce that they are available at SuperBiiz first.” – SuperBiiz Director of Marketing, James Yu.

Part Number Description SRP
ST3U16EDK – USB 3.0 Express™ Drive, 16 GB – $69
ST3U32EDK – USB 3.0 Express™ Drive, 32 GB – $119

“The Express Drive is an exciting addition to our growing USB 3.0 product family. By hitting the critical balance point between performance and price, it creates a value-line USB 3.0 product offering that our customers have been waiting for. Now USB 3.0 performance is within reach of everyone. We are committed to our relationship with SuperBiiz and look forward to their continued growth with this new product.” – SuperTalent COO, CH Lee.

About Super Talent Technology

Super Talent Technology Corporation (supertalent.com) based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and Flash based storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of the JEDEC and ONFI standards bodies. With over 250 patents, the company was ranked 38th in the 2009 Wall Street Journal’s Patent Scorecard™ for the IT industry.

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Nice to see some USB 3.0 devices. I doubt we'll ever see anything which can truly saturate the spec though.

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@Slug

I beg to differ. Slap in one of those SSD drive like a Crucial C300 in a USB 3.0 enclosure, or possibly a sandforce based controller might be able to, especially with the overhead USB carries. Although the C300 can "only" do about 300MB a second, the next gen SSD drives will be out the last quarter of this year, and supposedly are monsters in speed.

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That thing is pretty quick. It's faster than most HDDs

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I bought a 2TB USB3 external to back-up the kick-ass system I won here at HotHardware, and I'm loving the speed.

I could definitely see myself buying one of these thumbdrives, even at those inflated prices, if I were in the market for one right now. Hopefully competition will bring the price down and increase the capacity before i get bit by that bug.

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Don't worry... give it a year and you'll be able to get a 32GB for like $20 lol

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Yeah, give it 10years and it'll be free! Stop spilling non-sense.

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????

What non-sense are you talking about?

Do you not remember how quickly the original flash drives dropped in price?

There is no reason to assume the same thing can't happen with these.

And actually, yes.. give it 10 years and they probably will be free. People will give them away at Tech events as promos, just like people give away flash drives now.... and they certainly aren't 10 years old....

 

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