Kingston Feels the Need for Speed

Flash key takes advantage of USB 3.0 technology

Despite the lack of integrated USB 3.0 support from Intel the new standard is rapidly gaining momentum.

Kingston is the latest kid on the block to launch a thumb drive that is vastly superior in performance when compared to drives using USB 2.0.

According to a press release from Kingston its new DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 can read data at up to 100 Mbps and write data with 70 Mbps. It is of course compatible with USB 2.0, although this hampers the performance and slows the speeds to a crawling 30 Mbps.

While AMD has embraced the new standard, Intel can’t quite make up its mind.  Intel does not integrate support for USB 3.0 in any of it’s current product line, unlikely to change until Q2 of 2012 when Intel launches Ivy Bridge.

According to Kingston its DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G2 is available in capacities of 16, 32 and 64GB at MSRP prices of $77, $116 and $216 respectively. S|A

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