Active Media Products Debuts 16/32GB eSATA USB SSD Drive

It's a USB flash drive, or is it? Active Media Products, which is a mainstay in the flash memory and storage industries, has just released a unique new take on the typical flash drive, and rather than usign the new USB 3.0 standard, they're choosing to use something else entirely: eSATA.

eSATA is an underutilized port that transfers data far quicker than USB, but early models required an accompanying USB port for power, so many people just overlooked it. Now, many eSATA ports have USB capabilities built in so that power can also be ported through, and if you need a new flash drive with USB 3.0-like speed (but don't have a USB 3.0 card), this might do the trick.

The new eSATA Flash Drive promises transfer speeds of 100MB/sec and comes in both 16GB and 32GB sizes. Both devices are stuffed with MLC NAND flash memory, and they come in a gloss black polymer case that measures only 3.1 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches. They are available now worldwide through Amazon for $69.95 (16GB) and $109.95 (32GB).

This new hybrid drive brings the speed of an SSD to a convenient eSATA flash storage device. By combining both eSATA and mini USB 2.0 ports into the same device it offers compatibility with virtually any computer. Take advantage of the lightning fast read speeds up to 100MB/sec in an eSATA port, or make avail of the USB interface in computers that lack an eSATA port. Pack 16GB or 32GB of data onto this drive and slip it into your pocket to take with you anywhere.

- eSATA and Mini USB 2.0 ports
- USB cable included
- Eyehole for attaching to a keychain or lanyard

- Read speeds up to 100MB/sec
- Write speeds up to 55MB/sec
- Both eSATA and Mini USB 2.0 ports
- USB cable included
. (USB cable is required in eSATA port, for power source)
- Fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1; both Mac and PC
- Supports Windows® 7 / Vista / XP / 98, Linux
- Hot plug-and-play
- No driver required for most operating systems
- Data retention: 10 years
- Dimensions: 3.1 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches (80 x 29 x 11 mm)
- Capacities: 16GB - 32GB