Toshiba's TransMemory-EX Series USB 3.0 Flash Drives Run Circles Around Your USB 2.0 Stick

Paul Lilly

If you were hoping to see some SuperSpeed USB 3.0 announcements at this year's CES, you're in luck. Toshiba has your back and on Monday trotted out its new TransMemory-EX series of USB 3.0-compliant flash memory products that take advantage of the SuperSpeed specification with read and write speeds of up 22 times and 18 times (respectively) faster than USB 2.0.

Equipped with Toshiba's DDR NAND flash memory, the TransMemory-EX series shovels data to and fro at up to 220MB/s (read performance) and up to 94MB/s (write performance), and does so while never consuming more than 300 mA of power, making them some of the lowest power USB flash drives in the industry, according to Toshiba.

To put that kind of speed into perspective, Toshiba says you can transfer a 25GB video in about five minutes, whereas it would take you half-an-hour on previous USB 2.0 model drives.

"Today’s consumers have a need for speed, and they want a truly interactive experience," noted Brian Kumagai , senior business development manager, NAND flash memory products for TAEC. "Devices and peripherals are becoming faster and faster, and the USB transfer speed needs to increase in order to keep up. Eventually, all motherboards and laptops will be designed with USB 3.0 ports, allowing for consumers to take advantage of the increased speed and improved performance it offers."

First-run models will ship in 32GB and 64GB capacities. We're awaiting word from Toshiba on price and availabilty.

EDIT: We're told the 32GB model will cost $102 and the 64GB model $192.

Image Credit: Toshiba

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