|Super Talent RAIDDrive USB-3.0 Flash Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 23 April 2010|
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SuperTalent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive Flash Drive Review
SuperSpeed USB-3.0 delivers a very dramatic improvement over the older USB-2 protocol. Bandwidth speed has increased from 480 Mb/s to 5000 Mb/s, and file transfer rates as fast as 400 MB/s are now possible; making SuperSpeed USB-3.0 very competitive with the Serial-ATA interface. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Super Talent RAIDDrive ST3U64SRK SuperSpeed USB-3.0 flash drive, a product with up to 128GB of capacity which utilizes two SSD controllers in a RAID-0 array. The Super Talent USB-3.0 RAIDDrive is capable of 320 MB/s according to specifications, making it the fastest USB flash drive on the market.
The introduction of the USB 3.0 standard opens up some very exciting possibilities for the external storage market. Boasting 10x performance increase, it's really fast, but performance alone can not topple a standard as pervasive as its predecessor, USB 3.0 also needed to be completely backward compatible; and it is.
The rapid acceptance of the USB 3.0 standard is assured due to its complete backward compatibility with the USB 2.0 standard, ports and receptacles. A well written specification, USB 3.0 was designed to co-exist with USB 2.0 instead of replace it. USB 3.0 devices can work with USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 ports support USB 2.0 devices, but both at USB 2.0 speeds. Buried deep within new USB 3.0 (plugs and receptacles) are an additional five pins which provide two more data line pairs. When a USB 3.0 device is plugged into a USB 3.0 host, not only will it be possible to send and receive data up to 10 times faster, but the possibility to send and receive data concurrently using UASP drivers also avails itself.
With the creation of USB 3.0, we can now create storage products to take advantage of these new capabilities. So, how do you go about creating a drive to go 10 times faster? You think outside the box. At SuperTalent, our engineers have created a drive that distributes data across two solid-state drives and combine their performance together. The technology is called RAID, and by combining the throughput of two fast SSDs we were able to create a drive that delivers USB 3.0 (10x) performance like no other. SuperTalent is proud to herald the introduction of USB 3.0 with our latest achievement, the USB 3.0 RAIDDrive. It's a RAID array of SSDs that delivers over 300MB/s - oh, and fits in your pocket.
About Super Talent Technology Corporation
Super Talent Technology, headquartered in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and Flash based storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilzes its state-of-the art factory and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of JEDEC, ONFI and USB-IF standards bodies, and holds over 200 patents in Flash and DRAM technology.
Super Talent's Silicon Valley based electrical, mechanical, and software Engineering teams develop leading-edge DRAM and Flash memory solutions for a multitude of applications. Our US-based engineering enables Super Talent to bring advanced new products and technologies to market well ahead of the competition. A leading innovator, Super Talent holds over 200 patents on DRAM and Flash module design and manufacturing processes, making Super Talent one of the world's chief patent holders in memory device categories. Super Talent is an active member of JEDEC, the association that defines future memory standards. The company is a technical leader in producing industry standard memory modules as well as in developing custom memory solutions.