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Silicon Power Shows Off USB/eSATA USB Stick

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

Silicon Power has come up with an interesting way to distinguish itself from the ocean of USB sticks on show at Computex Taiwan: add an eSATA port.

Silicon Power introduced the 64 GB version of its eSATA/USB solid-state drive late last month and we clapped eyes on the thing this week at Computex. Basically, you’re looking at a regular USB flash drive that’s eSATA compatible, offering faster transfer rates. 



Also available in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB models, the device comes with an integrated Error Correction Code (EEC) to ensure accurate data transfers and can, of course, be used just like a regular USB stick.

The company’s USB sticks are also looking a lot more blinged out these days. Ranging from sparkly thumb drives to USB necklaces, it looks like Silicon Power is trying to appeal to the ladies in the audience.

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    Kill@dor , June 5, 2009 7:01 PM
    I figured they would have these sooner or later. They are very nice indeed...
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    Upendra09 , June 5, 2009 7:03 PM
    Whatever, happened to USB 3.0?

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    puddleglum , June 5, 2009 7:34 PM
    Upendra09Whatever, happened to USB 3.0?

    The spec. has just been finalized. I'd expect to see product this fall.
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    grieve , June 5, 2009 7:57 PM
    I would love one of these... the only minor detail is that a lot of machines don't have eSata yet (even though its old tech now).
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    Gin Fushicho , June 5, 2009 8:38 PM
    That would be very nice, now I just need a tower that will have the e-SATA on the front instead of on my Mobo.
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    Hanin33 , June 5, 2009 8:46 PM
    wait wait wait... since when did eSATA supply power? how would this device even activate on eSATA without an external power supply? seems... like a good idea if they figured out someway to draw power from eSATA... but if it requires a breakout wire for power... it's useless.
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    Gin Fushicho , June 5, 2009 8:48 PM
    e-Sata probably can supply power , but more then likely only on newer MOBO's I've seen a few E-HDD's that worked without power in e_SATS though I've never bought one out of worry.
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    Hanin33 , June 5, 2009 9:41 PM
    Gin Fushichoe-Sata probably can supply power , but more then likely only on newer MOBO's I've seen a few E-HDD's that worked without power in e_SATS though I've never bought one out of worry.


    according to the spec, not even the latest SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) supports power over bus since it utilizes the same pin out (for backwards compatibility) as SATA 2.0 (3Gbps). so i ask the author, could you please give us details of how this device might work over eSATA as far as powering the device is concerned, if such information was given by the vendor?
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    anamaniac , June 6, 2009 1:53 AM
    From my knowledge, eSata flash drives aren't at all new...
    Next.
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    tipoo , June 6, 2009 4:32 PM
    I highly doubt that any USB flash drive has reached the top transfer speeds of USB2.0, this is pointless.
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    Gin Fushicho , June 6, 2009 5:08 PM
    tipooI highly doubt that any USB flash drive has reached the top transfer speeds of USB2.0, this is pointless.


    And I'm pretty sure all of mine have.
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    Gin Fushicho , June 6, 2009 5:09 PM
    Gin FushichoAnd I'm pretty sure all of mine have.


    I got cut off..... but anyways... the top speed is only around 200 Mb/ps
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    rand_79 , June 6, 2009 5:39 PM
    usb 2.0 tops out at about 45MB/sec
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    Gin Fushicho , June 6, 2009 7:59 PM
    rand_79usb 2.0 tops out at about 45MB/sec


    Thank you. =) I guess my point is proven , lol.
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    Chipi , June 6, 2009 10:21 PM
    Why do you make it sound like this is a first in flash storage? This is OLD news, lame as always.

    Other manufactures have already launched such flash drives a couple of MONTHS ago, and yes, they were presented on other sites.
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    joex444 , June 11, 2009 1:49 AM
    OCZ has made this already. They claim reads of 90MB/s, writes of 30MB/s. Clearly thats superior to USB2.0.

    But for the OCZ, they have a mini-USB that is used to power in the case of non-powered eSATA. Apparently some motherboards have powered eSATA. My eSATA ports, on the other hand, are through an adapter and connect directly to an onboard SATA port through a PCI bracket -- this will necessarily be non-powered.

    Now, since its eSATA should I assume its bootable?