The introduction of the USB 3.0 standard opens up some very exciting possibilities for the external storage market. Boasting 10x performance increase, it’s really fast, but performance alone can not topple a standard as pervasive as its predecessor, USB 3.0 also needed to be completely backward compatible; and it is. The rapid acceptance of the USB 3.0 standard is assured due to its complete backward compatibility with the USB 2.0 standard, ports and receptacles. A well written spec, USB 3.0 was designed to co-exist with USB 2.0 instead of replace it. USB 3.0 devices can work with USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 ports support USB 2.0 devices, but both at USB 2.0 speeds. Buried deep within new USB 3.0 (plugs and receptacles) are an additional five pins which provide two more data line pairs. When a USB 3.0 device is plugged into a USB 3.0 host, not only will it be possible to send and receive data up to 10 times faster, but the possibility to send and receive data concurrently using UASP drivers also avails itself. With the creation of USB 3.0, we can now create storage products to take advantage of these new capabilities. So, how do you go about creating a drive to go 10 times faster? You think outside the box. At SuperTalent, our engineers have created a drive that distributes data across two solid-state drives and combine their performance together. The technology is called RAID, and by combining the throughput of two fast SSDs we were able to create a drive that delivers USB 3.0 (10x) performance like no other. SuperTalent is proud to herald the introduction of USB 3.0 with our latest achievement, the USB 3.0 RAIDDrive™. It’s a RAID array of SSDs that delivers over 300MB/s – oh, and fits in your pocket.