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Posted by Prasada Martala Jan 28, 2010

Have you ever felt the need for speed while doing data transfers between your USB enabled devices? Are you the kind of person who checks data transfer rate specifications of USB devices before buying them? Then, here is the good news for you. Nearly a decade after USB 2.0 devices were introduced in the market, hardware companies have started introducing new version of USB 3.0 devices. These USB drives - also known as the SuperSpeed devices - have high data transfer rates compared to 2.0 devices.

USB 3.0 has number of advantages compared to USB 2.0 including high data transfer rates -up to ten times that of current USB 2.0 devices, support for bi-directional data transfer, improved interaction between device and host computer, ability to go into sleep mode when not in use this saving power and being backward compatible with older USB ports.

2009 saw launch of few USB 3.0 products with hardware company Freecom announcing the first USB 3.0 hard drive XS 3.0 at Intel Development Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. But, 2010 is going to see more introductions, as many companies are ready to jump on USB 3.0 bandwagon which is clearly the future direction for USB technology.

 At recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas, many companies have announced their USB 3.0 products including Western Digital's My Book 3.0, Seagate's BlackArmor PS 110 and Buffalo Technologies' DriveStation.

Western Digital My Book 3.0 - Western Digital announced their latest product “Western Digital My Book 3.0 “ which is a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external hard drive. The drives is backward compatible with old USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports and has transfer rate of around 5 Gbits/s which is ten times more than current USB 2.0 devices. The company has initially launched this drive in a 1-terabyte version and scheduled the launch of 2 TB version in late January. This SuperSpeed hard drive will cost $179.99 and $199.99 with a desktop PC USB 3.0 adapter card for your Desktop PCs.

BlackArmor PS 110 – Seagate has announced the launch of its latest USB 3.0 drive version called BlackArmor PS 110. This 500 GB capacity drive is only 12.5 mm thick which is as thin as CD jewel case.  The drives will come with Express USB 3.0 card adapter at the price of $179.99.  Seagate claims that the drive reads at 32 MBps and writes at 24 MBps via USB 2.0 port versus 100 MBps while reading and 67 MBps while writing when connected to USB 3.0.

DriveStation desktop drive - DriveStation desktop drive is introduced by Buffalo Technologies. According to Buffalo Technologies' reports, this SuperSpeed drive can transfer data at the rate of 5 MBps. The company has launched the drive in three versions. 1 TB version is going to cost $199.99,  while 1.5 TB and 2 TB versions are available for $249.99 and $399.99 respectively. You need to buy Express Card adapter for  $59.99 in order to take advantage of USB 3.0 features.

Mark Thompson contributed to this guest article. Mark advises clients on brand enhancement using custom gadgets and peripherals.

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