When we were in Las Vegas for CES 2009, we had a chance to sit-in on a demo of the long-awaited USB 3.0. The demo didn’t showcase any products that were soon to enter retail, but it demonstrated what the new high-speed data transfer interface was capable of delivering. Nearly a year later, talk of USB 3.0 has once again surfaced, but in this instance there are real products that are set to blow away what we’ve come to expect in data transfer speeds.
On December 11, Dane-Elec, will deliver its So SuperSpeed line of external USB 3.0 drives to store shelves, which may very well make the company the first to provide users with the next-generation USB interface in a storage device. The line, consisting of both standard platter-based HDDs and SSDs, are capable of true data transfer speeds of 250MBps. The 2.5-inch HDDs will be available in 500GB ($179) and 640GB ($199) capacities, while the SSDs (rebranded Intel M-25 drives) will be available in 80GB ($399) and 160GB ($799) capacities.
“But”, you say, “there aren’t any USB 3.0 notebooks on the market.” Not at the moment, but they’re coming very, very soon. A source told us that we can expect at least one USB 3.0 notebook on the market in December, with more to come in early 2010. Plus, Dane-Elec will also offer USB 3.0 adapters for notebooks with ExpressCard slots, which will allow users with USB 2.0 systems to see a speed boost when using USB 3.0 drives.
The USB 3.0 revolution is almost upon us, folks. Are you excited yet?