Thursday, May 24th 2012

Zalman Readies SLC Series USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Korean company Zalman added a new segment to its expanding lineup, that of USB 3.0 flash drives, with its new "SLC Series". As the name suggests these flash drives incorporate SLC (single-level cell) NAND flash memory. The drives are available in two capacity options, 16 GB (model: U3M16SLC) and 32 GB (model: U3M32SLC). Taking advantage of the USB 3.0 interface, the drives provide transfer rates of up to 155 MB/s reads, with up to 135 MB/s writes. Measuring 78 x 17 x 8.6 mm (WxDxH), the drives are built in conventional capped form-factor. Slated for an early-June release, the U3M16SLC is priced at 5,480 JPY (US $69), while the U3M32SLC goes for 8,980 JPY (US $113).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
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5 Comments on Zalman Readies SLC Series USB 3.0 Flash Drives

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
nice prices for SLC tech
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#2
slim142
I will never understand why companies keep pushing cap designs...
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BazookaJoe
by: slim142
I will never understand why companies keep pushing cap designs...
Most of the drives I buy have caps - and that works just fine for me - If you don't care about the cap you can just throw it away anyway - boom now its capless...

My real wonder here is, WHAT ARE THE ACCESS TIMES LIKE ? transfer rates are great but if it still takes 700ms to create a new file entry - like so many other flash drives - it will STILL take 2 hours to copy 900mb of MOHAA...

W1zZ .. Benchmarx plz?
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: BazookaJoe
Most of the drives I buy have caps - and that works just fine for me - If you don't care about the cap you can just throw it away anyway - boom now its capless...
Which is less than ideal. I prefer the slide ones, although the Corsair Flash Voyager actually works.
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#5
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I prefer it when I can fit another USB cable next to a flash drive. If it's too big to do this, then it's not a good design imho. I like to see SLC working its way into USB drives, but honestly you can't go wrong when a USB drive can read/write data just as fast as a regular rotational media hard drive, not to mention higher IOPS.
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