Super Speed USB 3.0 Flash Drives
Caught this piece at The Inquirer about Toshiba’s new “super fast” USB 3.0 flash drives. “Super fast” refers to the drive’s ability to read or write up to 25 GB of data in about 5 minutes. This would make them about 22 times faster than a conventional USB 2.0 drive. This is made possible by DDR (double data rate – computes twice per clock signal) NAAND flash storage.
The drives are powered by the USB port and are fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.o devices. The drives also support software that enables blocks of data to be protected with a lock so files stored in that block cannot be accessed without the password which is particularly handy for security applications and for government.
Here’s the clincher. Flash memory technology continues to evolve, and these are a great example of where they are right now. Toshiba is offering very large capacity drives that start at 32GB, 64GB, and go all the way up to 128 GB in size. To put this into perspective, 128 GB n capacity was an average hard drive 4 years ago on a desktop computer.
Super high speed read and write drives like these up the stakes for professionals working video, photography, and I.T. Moving data around this fast also has innovative applications in home entertainment and how we store media in our homes, whether they be images or music.