Earlier this year, Super Talent Technology introduced the USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache range of flash drives. Featuring a DRAM caching system, the Express RAM Cache family supposedly offers exponential performance gains over USB 2.0 drives. According to a press release issued by the company back then, the addition of DRAM caching boosts small block random performance by “up to 110x over USB 2.0 speeds.”
“The introduction of USB 3.0 and DRAM cache has created a brand new breed of flash drives which are now outperforming the fastest of hard disk drives. Ceedo adds value to our product line by enabling customers to use flash storage in a whole new way,” SuperTalent COO CH Lee is quoted as having said in a release.
“It enables you to install and carry standard Windows applications for use on any PC. Armed with our new USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache, now any PC is your PC.”
Super Talent is serving up a free speed boost to RAIDDrive owners via a new firmware update that makes the already fast drive even faster. Can you guess the caveat?
According to Super Talent, the new firmware unlocks additional performance potential that allows the drive to hit up to 370MB/s, but it has to be connected to a second generation USB 3.0 host controller, like Fresco Logic's FL1009 chip.
Unlike other USB 3.0 controllers, such as the NEC chip that's so prominent, Fresco Logic's FL1009 part makes full use of PCI Express 2.0 x1. Fresco Logic claims its USB 3.0 allows each port to sustain full bandwidth, resulting in ultra fast transfers above and beyond what you'd normally see with USB 3.0.
Kudos to Super Talent for jumping on the USB 3.0 bandwagon without price gouging, as is all too often the case with new (or in this case, relatively new) technologies.
For $14, you can pick up Super Talent's 8GB Express Duo flash drive with support for USB 3.0. Transfer rates check in at over 67MB/s, and of course it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0 (with a read speed around 32MB/s).
"The USB 3.0 Express Duo is perhaps our most exciting USB 3.0 flash drive to date. We were first to break the 300MB/s barrier with our USB 3.0 RAIDDrive and now we're breaking the $15 price barrier. There's simply no reason to buy a USB 2.0 flash drive anymore," said CH Lee, COO of Super Talent."
Super Talent is also selling a 16GB version of the Express Duo for $29. Check out the benchmarking video below.
Attaching a USB flash drive to your keychain isn't exactly a groundbreaking concept, it's just that most models don't look like they actually belong there. That's not the case with Super Talent's new KeyDrive.
Super Talent molded its KeyDrive so that it will look right at home dangling from any keychain, and it's small enough to remain inconspicuous. And don't feel like you have to baby the KeyDrive from accidental drops or inclement weather, because it's also sturdy.
"Making a drive that mimics an actual key and fits on your keychain is a natural fit. We took it to the next level by making the drive metal, rugged, lightweight, and water-resistant," Super Talent said.
The KeyDrive is available in Silver or Nickel color in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. No word yet on pricing.
One of the tougher parts of putting together a build comes down to the RAM, and it's not because there's a shortage of sticks out there. On the contrary, you could waste a lunch break wading through all the options, and you can now add one more to the list. Super Talent this week announced new dual and triple channel kits rated at 2000MHz.
According to Super Talent, these sticks "can be configured to run with extremely low latency" settings, the result of using the latest high density 2Gb (gigabit) ICs.
"The industry looks to Super Talent for fast, reliable memory, overclocked modules. We are proud to demonstrate our continued leadership in the overclocking space by offering these new low latency, large capacity 4GB memory kits running at 2000MHz."
The new kits come in 4GB (dual and triple channel), 8GB (dual channel), and 12GB (triple channel) configurations, each one rated at 9-10-9-28 with a 1.65V operating voltage. Each kit also comes equipped with Super Talent's Chrome Series heatsinks.
Until prices come down to pedestrian levels, there's only so much headway SSD vendors can make in the consumer market. That isn't the case on the enterprise side, where companies have the money to spend on pricier SSDs, and a greater need for faster performing drives.
Along those lines, we've seen a few SSDs aimed at SMBs in recent times, the most recent of which is Super Talent's new ShuttleCraft Series SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) SSD family.
"Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a new interface standard designed to meet the storage needs of the Enterprise market.," Super Talent said. "SAS features key benefits required by enterprise servers including: high performance, strong reliability and advanced management features. Already known for extreme reliability, Solid State Disk (SSD) technology can be improved to meet the needs of the enterprise by implementing advanced: Wear Leveling, Bad Block Management, Error Correction and Power Failure Management features. These new features are the cornerstones of our ShuttleCraft Series SAS drive products."
The new drives come in both SLC and MLC flavors, including the ShuttleCraft S60 (60GB, SLC), S120 (120GB, SLC), M120 (120GB, MLC), and M240 (240GB, MLC).
Look for the ShuttleCraft Series to start shipping in July. No word yet on price.
If you thought your 2-year-old solid-state-drive (SSD) was fast, you may want to bury your head in the sand. The alternative is to take a peek at the ridiculous read and write speeds current-gen SSDs are hitting, such as Super Talent's new TeraDrive CT SSD series, and get hit with the upgrade bug.
Built around the SandForce 1222 controller, the TeraDrive CT series comes rated at up to 285MB/s read and up to 275MB/s write speeds, which is only half of the story. In addition to raw performance, these drives come in capacities up to 480GB (60GB, 120GB, and 240GB also available), giving you nearly 1TB of blazing fast storage should you deck out your desktop or notebook with two of Super Talent's flagship models in a RAID 0 array.
Built-in Garbage Collection and TRIM support are part of the package, as are other technologies for enhanced reliability (RAISE) and improved endurance (DuraWrite).
The new drives are available now priced at $199 (60GB), $349 (120GB), and $669 (240GB). And the 480GB? Super Talent didn't say, though we'd suspect it's around the $1,300 mark.
Super Talent expanded its USB 3.0 product line this week by releasing the first encrypted drive to take advantage of the new SuperSpeed interface. It's called the SuperCrypt and it's available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.
"SuperCyrpt, the third product in our USB 3.0 lineup, is the perfect blend of security, performance, and value and underscores Super Talent's commitment and leadership in the USB 3.0 market," said Super Talent COO, C.H. Lee.
Using the new drive, Super Talent says it's possible to transfer a 600MB movie in just 7 seconds. That, and any other data, will be kept secure thanks to support for AES hardware encryption. The SuperCrypt also supports 128-bit ECB encryption and 256-bit XTS encryption.
Look for this one to be available in later this month (no word yet on price).
Rest assured, as soon as you have a USB 3.0 port, Super Talent will be ready with a reasonably priced flash drive to stick in it. The company has announced its new USB 3.0 Express Drive. The drives will be available in 16GB and 32 GB sizes. When used with a USB 3.0 port, users can expect to see read speeds around 125 MB per second and write speeds of 50MB per second.
These speeds are roughly twice as fast as USB 2.0 on writes and four times as fast on reads. That’s nice, but USB 3.0 devices are supposed to be 6-10 times faster. Well, this is a budget drive. They are a bit slower than some other USB 3.0 drives will be, but the price will be low. The 16GB should go for around $70 and the 32GB for about $150.
The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so you can get one to use right now. With some USB 3.0 drives going for over $300, is the slightly slower speed worth the savings?
Super Talent has the high-end enterprise and database server markets squarely in its sights with the unveiling of the company's new TeraDrive SSD series.
"Super Talent has a solid track record of developing leading edge SSDs. Their new TeraDrive series, incorporating SandForce technology, is an impressive advance in enterprise storage," said Thad Omura, VP Marketing at SandForce, Inc.
The TeraDrive series is being offered in capacities from 50GB to 200GB and boast support for SATA 3Gbps. Speed shouldn't be an issue, not on paper, anyway. According to Super Talent, its TeraDrive series come capable of of up to 250MB/s read and write speeds "that will not degrade over time," as well as up to 30,000 IOPS.