OCZ sets sights on USB 3.0 devices

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OCZ Technology and Symwave are teaming up for a new line of USB 3.0-powered external solid state drives, with both companies again showing faith in the growing storage technology.

“OCZ’s products are synonymous with high performance,” Symwave officials said in a statement.  “Combining our USB 3.0 controller with their SSD technology, both architected for performance without compromise, is a perfect match.”

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The OCZ USB 3.0 external SSD will be shown off during CES in Las Vegas in January.  It’s unknown what other technologies the companies will collaborate on, but it’s almost guaranteed to be a storage device that features either USB 3.0 or SSD.

ocz_logoSimilar to CES 2009 last January, CES 2010 is expected to feature a number of new SSD-based products, with external SSDs expected to be especially popular among exhibitors.  Symwave previously worked with Seagate to show off USB 3.0 devices during CES at the beginning of this year, and sees USB 3.0, SSD, and strong partnerships as three important steps moving forward.

In October, Dane-Elec showed off a USB 3.0 HDD with storage capacities ranging from 500GB up to 2TB.  The USB 3.0 devices can reportedly transfer 1GB of information in 3.3 seconds, compared to USB 2.0 transfer speeds around 33 seconds.

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As consumers look to use storage products faster than regular HDDs, it’s up to manufacturers to now work on driving down the price of SSD to encourage more widespread adoption.

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