JAPANESE HARDWARE FIRM Toshiba has releasing a range of super fast USB 3.0 storage devices.
The super speed USB 3.0 NAND flash memory USB drives are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.
The firm said that the use of double data rate (DDR) NAND flash storage means that the memory sticks can read or write 25GB of data in just five minutes. It said that this is about 22 times as fast as a USB 2.0 equivalent memory stick.
"The drives are powered by the USB port and can read data at speeds up to 222 [MBps]," said Toshiba. "The maximum write speed of the new flash memory drives is 205 [MBps], more than twice that of previous models. Toshiba's new drives are fully backward compatible with [...] USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 standards."
The flash memory sticks can be protected with a password lock, which is pretty handy if you happen to lose 128GB worth of sensitive information on something the size of a pack of chewing gum.
The new flash memory drives support software that enables blocks of data to be protected with a lock so files stored in that block cannot be accessed without the password.
The memory sticks measure 68.8x21x10.5mm, including their cap. They are called the Transmemory XII range, and come in the aforementioned three sizes. They will work on Mac OS X 10.0.2 or later and Windows Vista through Windows 8. µ