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Zalman Readies SLC Series USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, May 24, 2012.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    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).


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  2. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    nice prices for SLC tech
  3. slim142

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    I will never understand why companies keep pushing cap designs...
  4. BazookaJoe


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    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?
    Crunching for Team TPU
  5. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Which is less than ideal. I prefer the slide ones, although the Corsair Flash Voyager actually works.
  6. Aquinus

    Aquinus Resident Wat-man

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    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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