Within the last two days, we've seen several manufacturers announce/reveal their USB 3.0-based SSDs. OCZ Technology is the latest to reveal its array of next-generation SSDs, keeping the specs to a minimum in its official report from Las Vegas. Currently the company is showcasing the new USB 3.0 SSD at CES along with SATA II 2.5-inch SSDs, SAS SSDs, and PCI-e SSDs.
"In addition to internal storage solutions, OCZ will be demonstrating the groundbreaking performance of the highly anticipated USB 3.0 interface with an ultra-slim portable SSD," the company said in an official press release. "Geared toward the early-adopting enthusiast, the OCZ USB 3.0 SSD sets the bar early for high-performance storage devices."
Naturally consumers will need a motherboard with on-board USB 3.0 support to take advantage of the SuperSpeed technology, or purchase a PCI-e card that adds USB 3.0 to current systems (without having to rip out the mobo). Having USB 3.0 isn't a requirement--the SSD can still wrok when connected to a USB 2.0 port albeit quite slower. Currently the Asus P6X58D is the only USB 3.0 "certified" motherboard--consumers may want to wait a while before jumping onto the portable USB 3.0 SSD bandwagon.
In addition to its lineup of SSDs, OCZ Technology is showcasing gaming and "enthusiast" hardware: its latest DDR3 solutions and its new Fatal1ty 750W and PC Power Silence mkII power supplies.