Iomega Announces SSD-based Portable USB 3.0 Drive

Solid state drives (SSDs) and the USB 3.0 "SuperSpeed" specification seem meant for each other, and that hasn't been lost on Iomega. The digital storage firm today unveiled new host-powered external USB 3.0 SSD flash drives available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.

"When time is money and you need the latest technology in portable storage, Iomega's new high performance external solid state Flash drives are the ideal solution," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega Corporation. "Iomega's new external USB 3.0 SSD Flash drives are compact, rugged portable storage devices that deliver data transfer speeds considerably faster than any standard rotating disk drives, as well as the confidence that comes with a solid industrial design, hardware encryption and the complete Iomega Protection Suite to protect users' important files, all of which makes Iomega's new SSD Flash Drives the storage of choice for high-end users who demand the ultimate in performance and portability."

The SSDs come encased in a sleek metal enclosure that Iomega claims will withstand drops from up to 10 feet. Other goodies include 256-bit hardware encryption, bundled anti-virus and backup software, and of course backwards compatibility with USB 2.0.

Iomega's new mobile drives are available now for $229 (64GB), $400 (128GB), and $750 (256GB).