Wednesday, November 4th 2009

Super Talent Announces World's First USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive, which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives. The new drive, in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, but operates at slower speeds.

The USB 3.0 RAIDDrive uses patented "multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology" for optimal NAND flash performance. "This product underscores Super Talent's continued leadership in USB drives." said Super Talent COO, C.H. Lee. "We've developed the world's first mobile USB 3.0 flash drive. It delivers phenomenal performance and it incorporates our own patented technology".

Measuring 95 x 37 x13.5 mm, the SuperSpeed drive is a truly portable drive. Like most USB drives, it requires no separate cable. It plugs directly into any USB port. Although this drive will work in USB 2.0, it delivers transfer speeds up to 200 MB/sec only in USB 3.0 ports. Using a separate UAS Protocol driver with a USB 3.0 port this SuperSpeed drive can reach up to 320 MB/sec transfer speeds. This product will be available in December from Super Talent resellers worldwide. Interested parties can register here for USB 3.0 product availability updates.
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26 Comments on Super Talent Announces World's First USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Faster than your HDD. OMG.
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#2
WhiteLotus
wait so you could install OS, all your files. Take it out, go to random computer, tell computer to boot from USB and enjoy RAID goodness with all your files?
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#3
hat
Maximum Overclocker
Well, hard drives are crippled by mechanical (moving parts) limitations. Flash drives aren't. This is basically an SSD on USB.
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
by: WhiteLotus
wait so you could install OS, all your files. Take it out, go to random computer, tell computer to boot from USB and enjoy RAID goodness with all your files?
potentially, yes. however you'd better have every driver for every system, and an OS that doesnt mind hardware changes (like MS, mobo changes = reactivate)

by: hat
Well, hard drives are crippled by mechanical (moving parts) limitations. Flash drives aren't. This is basically an SSD on USB.
thats exactly what it is. an internally RAID'ed SSD with USB 3.0 instead of SATA/Esata
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: hat
Well, hard drives are crippled by mechanical (moving parts) limitations. Flash drives aren't. This is basically an SSD on USB.
It's more than a SATA 3 Gb/s SSD. Even if "RAID'ed", it's a single drive to the OS. Most >150 MB/s SSDs in the market have internal RAID anyway.
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: btarunr
It's more than a SATA 3 Gb/s SSD. Even if "RAID'ed", it's a single drive to the OS. Most >150 MB/s SSDs in the market have internal RAID anyway.
the products NAME says it uses RAID :P


its barely above sata II speeds (320MB/s vs 300MB/s)



speed is not the awesomeness, its USB 3.0 - and a product that can truly make use of it
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#8
Dimi
by: Mussels
its barely above sata II speeds (320MB/s vs 300MB/s)
I do believe the 320MB means MegaByte/s, i don't see the average SATA2 drive reach those readspeeds, barely 90 MegaByte/s.

To state my comment, he did say 10 times faster than USB2 transfer speeds, and those are around 30-35 MegaByte/s.

So i would say that is a HUGE step up from the regular SATA2 drives.
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Dimi
I do believe the 320MB means MegaByte/s, i don't see the average SATA2 drive reach those readspeeds, barely 90 MegaByte/s.

To state my comment, he did say 10 times faster than USB2 transfer speeds, and those are around 30-35 MegaByte/s.

So i would say that is a HUGE step up from the regular SATA2 drives.
SATA II can do 300MB/s

the 90MB/s you're thinking of is mechanical drive speeds
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#10
Dimi
The USB drive is still almost 4 times faster than the average mechanical drive. So i don't get why you compare the 320USB3 vs the 300SATA2. The latter is merely theoretical.
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: Dimi
The USB drive is still almost 4 times faster than the average mechanical drive. So i don't get why you compare the 320USB3 vs the 300SATA2. The latter is merely theoretical.
BTA said "It's more than a SATA 3 Gb/s SSD."

its not. sata 3GB is 300MB/s, which is about the same as USB 3.0


i drew the comparison that this is nothing more than a SATA II (aka 3Gb/s aka 300MB/s) SSD, converted to a USB 3.0 interface
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#12
Dimi
They are talking about the actual drive transfer speeds, not the interface transfer speeds.
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#13
qwerty_lesh
I would like an IRL pic ST, not this 3D rendered baloney :nutkick:
Still, very nice product, do want :toast:
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#15
Jizzler
Nice. Add's another item to X-Mas wish list :)
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#17
Weer
by: btarunr
Faster than your HDD. OMG.
All depends on USB 3.0 latency. It could end up being as slow as a thumb drive just because of the interface.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Weer
All depends on USB 3.0 latency. It could end up being as slow as a thumb drive just because of the interface.
So far nothing suggests that USB 3.0's latency mars its bandwidth.
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#19
BazookaJoe
I think I'm in love...

With any luck Santy' Claws will bring me one for Xmas... :)
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#20
Static~Charge
by: Mussels
the products NAME says it uses RAID :P
That's the "patented 'multiple pairs of differential serial data lines technology' for optimal NAND flash performance." I guess Super Talent looks at it as RAID 0 in a flash drive.

It's pretty sweet. I might be able to justify buying an ASUS U3S6 card now.
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#21
xenos
Newsflash: Intel says NO.

"We [have also] learned that Intel is postponing USB 3 introduction until 2011. With no competition in chipsets, it seems Intel has decided that innovation is not needed for USB any time soon," said Burke. "With no one to push Intel to innovate, PC enthusiasts are left with Intel chipsets and the features and performance they deliver, or lack there of."

http://www.tgdaily.com/hardware-features/44493-nvidia-our-nforce-chipsets-are-qbetterq-than-intels

BOO Intel.
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#22
Weer
by: btarunr
So far nothing suggests that USB 3.0's latency mars its bandwidth.
What a strange way of thinking.

Of course it doesn't bottleneck its bandwidth in any way. That is not even logical.

It does, however, makes it a lousy OS drive, if the latency of USB 3.0 is anything near that of USB 2.0.

You can have 500MB/s sustained bandwidth on a USB 2.0 flash drive, but if the latency is anything above 20ms, which I think it will, the reason for buying this device will be null.

If USB had great latency, everyone would be using it. But their awful latency is why everyone frowns upon any kind of video or audio device connected to USB, even whilst it has sufficient bandwidth.
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#23
Weer
by: xenos
Newsflash: Intel says NO.

"We [have also] learned that Intel is postponing USB 3 introduction until 2011. With no competition in chipsets, it seems Intel has decided that innovation is not needed for USB any time soon," said Burke. "With no one to push Intel to innovate, PC enthusiasts are left with Intel chipsets and the features and performance they deliver, or lack there of."

http://www.tgdaily.com/hardware-features/44493-nvidia-our-nforce-chipsets-are-qbetterq-than-intels

BOO Intel.
Which is exactly why we need AMD in the market. Hopefully the HD 5000 series does better than expected and we can get a Phenom III to rival i9.
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#24
PP Mguire
by: Dimi
They are talking about the actual drive transfer speeds, not the interface transfer speeds.
Read please, they are saying this is merely a SATA 300 SSD put into a USB 3.0 stick in simple. Which in fact, it is a raided SSD used on the USB3.0 bus.
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#25
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Mussels
its barely above sata II speeds (320MB/s vs 300MB/s)
speed is not the awesomeness, its USB 3.0 - and a product that can truly make use of it
It's significantly above SATA 3 Gb/s speeds. 300 MB/s is the theoretical max for SATA 3 Gb/s, but maybe due to interface overhead, the actual max could be lower. For instance, it will be tough to find a SATA 3 Gb/s SSD with 280~290 MB/s speeds. Speed indeed is the awesomeness.
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