Friday Iomega Corporation revealed a 1.8-inch external solid state disk boasting USB 3.0 connectivity. Encased in a rugged, metal enclosure, the drive will come packed with 256-bit hardware encryption, Iomega's Protection Suite (which includes anti-virus and backup software), and three storage capacities--64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.
"Utilizing the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, the Iomega External SSD Flash Drive boasts up to 10 times the speed of USB 2.0 drives," the company claims. "Iomega's new external SSD Drive also performs twice as fast as a 7200 RPM SATA hard drives utilizing the same USB 3.0 interface."
Iomega is also aware that not every PC features native USB 3.0 support--manufacturers are just now rolling out motherboards and complete laptops and desktops that provide USB 3.0 ports. With that in mind, the company is offering an additional USB 3.0 adapter card--sold separately--that inserts into the USB 2.0 port in a desktop or laptop, enabling native transfer speeds of up to 5 Gb per second.
The new Iomega External SSD Flash Drive USB 3.0 is scheduled to ship worldwide in November, costing $229 for the 64 GB model, $399 for the 128 GB model, and a meaty $749 for the 256 GB model. The drives will be available from distributors, system integrators, e-tailers and through Iomega's online store.