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Kingston Digital Launches USB 3.0 Flash Drive

DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Supports Fast Transfer Rates

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping its first USB 3.0 Flash drive. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive takes advantage of the faster USB 3.0 specification that has up to ten times the data transfer rates of the current USB 2.0 specification.

The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 has a read speed of 80MB/sec. and a write speed of 60MB/sec. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. The combination of speed and size makes it ideal for data backup or fast transferring of large files including music, photos and videos. To ensure backwards compatibility, Kingston is also including a Y cable as some USB 2.0 ports require it to initialize USB 3.0 drives.

“USB 3.0 is the next major milestone in Flash memory for USB products and Kingston wants to have a solution in the marketplace for early adopters,” said Nathan Su, Flash Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston. “The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 is our first USB 3.0 Flash drive offering and is designed for enthusiasts who like to embrace new technology before it goes mainstream.”

During internal testing, a 1 hour 44 minute movie (3.9GB) was written to the drive in 1 minute 13 seconds. Similarly, a 2 hour 23 minute DVD (4.4GB) transferred to the drive at a fast 1 minute 23 seconds†.

The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 USB Flash drive is backed by a five-year warranty, free tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit www.kingston.com/asia/.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities*: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Requirements: system with USB 3.0 port
  • Backwards compatible**: with USB 2.0
  • Speed***: data transfer rates for
      USB 3.0: up to 80MB/sec. read and 60MB/sec. write;
      USB 2.0: approximately 30MB/sec. read and 30MB/sec. write
  • Dimensions: 2.90″ x 0.87″ x 0.63″ (73.70 mm x 22.20 mm x 16.10 mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32° to 140° F (0° to 60° C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4° to 185° F (-20° to 85° C)
  • Practical: durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • Warranty: 5 Years

What is SuperSpeed USB 3.0?

USB 3.0 is the next major revision to the Universal
Serial Bus. It offers the same ease-of-use and plug
and play capabilities as previous generations of
USB technologies but with a 10X performance
increase and better power management. This
performance increase is achieved through the
SuperSpeed technology, which allows multiple
streams of data transfer and boosts its peak
bandwidth to 4.8Gbp/s (~572MB/s). USB 3.0 devices
are compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports and
connectors but won’t run at SuperSpeed without
USB 3.0 devices, cables and USB ports with a USB
3.0 host controller.
For users of USB 3.0, the goal of connecting devices
to PCs or notebooks is still the same as the USB
2.0 specification. Due to the broad deployment
of USB 2.0 devices in the market, SuperSpeed USB
devices must be backward compatible. The higher
speed and reduced power consumption for the
USB 3.0 specification uses advanced mechanisms
and techniques similar to ones used for other high
bandwidth interfaces, such as the PCI Express
(PCIe) specification.
Video is one of the big drivers for USB 3.0. HD video
uses massive amounts of storage and transferring
video through USB 2.0 can be time-consuming.
External removable storage is also in need of a
speed boost. eSATA is fast, however, the industry
has not seen broad adoption in the market. The
first USB 3.0 devices on the market are USB Flash
drives and external hard drives.
Great uses for USB 3.0
– HD Video
– System and Data Backup
– Adobe Applications (Photoshop, Premiere,
Light Room)
– Autocad
and many more.

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