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Kingston Shows Off New 1 Terabyte Flash Drive At CES

January 9, 2013
Image Caption: Kingston's 512 GB Predator Flash Drive. Credit: Kingston Technology

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

Kingston unveiled a 1 terabyte flash drive during the 2013 International CES, earning them kudos for figuring out how to get so much, on such a small device.

The company announced here in Las Vegas that it plans on bringing a 512GB, and a 1TB flash drive to the market early this year.

Kingston’s DataTraveler HyperX Predator supports a USB 3.0 input, and can link data up with a computer at quick speeds of up to 240MB per second, and 160MB per second.

The 512GB flash drives are now available for $1,750, but the larger, 1TB drives are not available yet. However, Kingston did say it could be available later this year.

“Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive,” Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager at Kingston, said in a statement. “The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag.”

DataTraveler HyperX Predator’s casing is made of zinc ally metal, making it shock resistant and durable.

Kingston also announced some newer, more down-to-Earth flash drives that also feature quick USB 3.0 speeds.

The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 comes in 32GB and 64 GB versions, and is able to reach read speeds up to 150MB/s, and write speeds up to 70MB/s. To show the difference between USB 2.0, and 3.0, Kingston said when the devices are plugged into the 2.0 version they just reach speeds up to 30MB/s.

“USB 3.0 is becoming more mainstream as it is standard on most motherboards and PCs shipping today,” said Ewing. “We are working hard to make sure we improve the speed and design of our USB 3.0 Flash drives to stay competitive as demand grows in the market. DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 is a perfect example of this evolution.”

As companies begin to adapt to the new USB 3.0 technology, Kingston is setting the bar for a whole new expectation in memory. One day, these 512GB and 1TB gigabyte drives won’t be so expensive, we’ll all wonder how we were able to fit everything on those old 32GB flash drives.


Source: Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online



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