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This USB 3.0 Flash Drive Has 2 TB of Storage

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Taiwan's ITRI and Transcend has teamed up to create a USB 3.0 thumb stick featuring 2 TB of storage.

During Display Taiwan, Transcend and Taiwan's ITRI displayed a finger-long USB stick that reportedly offers 2 TB of storage. That's no typo. It somehow holds up to 2 terabytes worth of information.

So far neither company has released anything official in regards to specs or a simple introduction, nor does the high-capacity USB 3.0 stick appear on Display Taiwan's website. But as seen in the video below, the "Thin Card" thumb drive is even smaller than a thumb, measuring slightly thicker than a penny. It offers a minimum of 16 GB and a maximum of 2 TB.

According to the rep, the USB stick hasn't become available thus far because an international standard for USB 3.0 has yet to be set. That said, ITRI and Transcend won't push the tech onto the market until USB gives the international green light on v3.0.

The ITRI, or Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute, is a national research organization with a mission of "conducting technological research, promoting industrial development, creating economic value and improving social welfare for Taiwan." That said, the drive is expected to arrive in Taiwan first, and then other territories shortly thereafter.

So how much will a 2 TB USB 3.0 thumb drive cost?

2TB USB Slightly Thicker Than A Penny

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    mrmoo500 , August 29, 2011 8:05 PM
    Makes you wonder why ssd's and HDD's have such low storage capacities.
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    soccerdocks , August 29, 2011 8:11 PM
    On the video it says "Actually the one that we looked at on display was only 16GB but the technology behind that particular 16GB stick is capable of scaling to 2 Terabytes." In other words they'll have to wait years for smaller manufacturing processes to occur before a 2 TB drive is made.
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    mrmoo500 , August 29, 2011 8:05 PM
    Makes you wonder why ssd's and HDD's have such low storage capacities.
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    Hellbound , August 29, 2011 8:08 PM
    Nice, but I wonder how much..
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    burnley14 , August 29, 2011 8:09 PM
    An arm, a leg, and a kidney. But worth it.
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    soccerdocks , August 29, 2011 8:11 PM
    On the video it says "Actually the one that we looked at on display was only 16GB but the technology behind that particular 16GB stick is capable of scaling to 2 Terabytes." In other words they'll have to wait years for smaller manufacturing processes to occur before a 2 TB drive is made.
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2011 8:16 PM
    2TB on a usb stick but, why ssd don't have that capacity. Both use Flash memory!
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    dragonsqrrl , August 29, 2011 8:29 PM
    Dragoza2TB on a usb stick but, why ssd don't have that capacity. Both use Flash memory!

    Because it probably has just about the worst read/write performance of any USB 3.0 flash drive on the market. There are many different types of flash memory, some of which perform absolutely terribly.
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    danwat1234 , August 29, 2011 8:30 PM
    I bet she is talking about when ~9nm flash chips come out in like 5 years from now, then 2TB will be possible. The highest capacity USB stick I've seen is 256GB right now.
    Unless they find a way to just have 1 long flash chip on the PCB with a ton of silicon FakeEstate in it (1 on each side of the PCB), instead of multiple regular-sized chips.
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    tmk221 , August 29, 2011 8:34 PM
    soccerdocksOn the video it says "Actually the one that we looked at on display was only 16GB but the technology behind that particular 16GB stick is capable of scaling to 2 Terabytes." In other words they'll have to wait years for smaller manufacturing processes to occur before a 2 TB drive is made.


    You are probably righy. Why would they show off 16gb version otherwise..
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 29, 2011 8:42 PM
    Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    JamesSneed , August 29, 2011 8:46 PM
    I just imagine USB stick the size of a broom stick.
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    hoofhearted , August 29, 2011 8:50 PM
    THat's alot of pron in your pocket
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    pug_s , August 29, 2011 8:51 PM
    I heard of these kind of fake usb sticks out there. These usb sticks use compression so it can store 'up to 2tb,' but in reality it is slow as well because it has to compress this kind of data.
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    Meatymutawings , August 29, 2011 8:53 PM
    so they show us a 16GB USB stick and blabs about random 2TB crap? I can give you a 128MB stick and tell you it could be 100000TB and 128MB is only a minimum, wtf?
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    prunestida , August 29, 2011 8:58 PM
    I would totally get one of these to replace my external HDDs.
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    DSpider , August 29, 2011 9:20 PM
    You know, I was expecting something like this ever since microSD reached 64 GB.

    I was thinking that they could probably stack a dozen on top of each other and create a thumb stick-looking SSD, of at least 500 GB/1 TB. Didn't expect 2 TB, though... Nice. But first they need to work out all the bugs before it hits mainstream, because if they chain a bunch of chips together the chances of one of them failing will increase exponentially.
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    nutcase_63 , August 29, 2011 9:23 PM
    "First a standard must be set"
    O common,they dont care about that if they could sell it,i hear a lot of bla,not sure for what reason other then trying to hype things a bit,they probably trying to attract some new shareholders with this bate.
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    memadmax , August 29, 2011 9:29 PM
    She's hott...
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    hetneo , August 29, 2011 9:35 PM
    soccerdocksOn the video it says "Actually the one that we looked at on display was only 16GB but the technology behind that particular 16GB stick is capable of scaling to 2 Terabytes." In other words they'll have to wait years for smaller manufacturing processes to occur before a 2 TB drive is made.

    Yep this is outright incorrect article. Video say "this could be 2TB", but it doesn't say is it limit of the flash memory type or of USB 3.0.
    Mr Parrish I call your article the utter rubbish.
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    popatim , August 29, 2011 9:36 PM
    not!
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , August 29, 2011 9:53 PM
    It's good to see technology going leaps & bounds. I wonder how long before the porn buffs start to get interested in this 2TB usb stick.
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