The Swivel USB 3.0 Flash Drive
USB 3.0 flash drives have officially arrived at CFgear, and we’re excited to be one of the first to offer them in the industry. This new hardware is the third upgrade to the wildly popular USB technology, and it’s proving to be the most powerful yet. The technology is brand new, and we’re sure you’ll have some questions for us, so take a look at the Q&A and Technical tabs for more information.
The Swivel USB 3.0 Flash Drive Flash Drive Specifications
Material: Durable rubberized hard plastic body with an aluminum arm
Sizes: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Standard Colors: Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver; custom colors available on request
Imprint size: Front and Back: 25mm x 12 mm
1-3 color silk screen/ laser etch: included 4 color silk screen, four color process available at additional cost
Shipping & Packaging
Ship Weight: approx. 4.5 lbs per 100 Packaging: Bulk Packaging
What is USB 3.0?
I like the USB 2.0 drive. Why are we moving towards 3.0?
USB 2.0 has been the standard in USB technology for a number of years. It is an inexpensive, reliable and convenient method to move and store data. It was a technical marvel when compared with USB 1.0, which had limitations due to the hardware. Now, as users have increased their data usage needs, USB 2.0 has run up against a brick wall, so to speak. The hardware and connection to the computer limits a typical USB 2.0 drive to a maximum transfer rate of 10-30 MB/s (for reading) and 2-20 MP/s ( for writing). We examined a large amount of research and consulted with industry technical experts, and they agree, saying that the throughput of USB 2.0 maxes out at about 48 MB/s, but a USB 3.0 drive maxes out closer to 480 MB/s.
In Bulk Flash Drives labs, we’ve seen great durability from our 3.0 drives. We ran our 3.0 prototypes through our cycle tester just to see how they would perform. Normal cycle testing stops around 100,000 cycles, and after a full set of testing, we found that our USB 3.0 drives had less than a 25 cycle decrease over the course of the grueling tests.
I don’t think my computer has USB 3.0 ports. Can I still use a 3.0 drive?
The long and short of it is YES, you can absolutely use a 3.0 drive in an older 2.0 port. Developers of even the original USB technology had ease of use as a goal. USB 3.0 developers kept this in mind, and designed USB 3.0 to be backwards compatible with older technology. (For a more technical example take a look at the Technical tab diagrams.)
If you plug a USB 3.0 drive into port, you can expect it to work fairly well without major issues. It will run significantly faster than a normal 2.0 drive, but the overall performance will be bottle-necked by the 2.0 port. We asked our techies in the lab to answer this question for us as well. They went through almost 1,000 hours of R&D testing, and found that you can count on a USB 3.0 drive to run about 5x the speed of a normal 2.0 flash drive.
Okay 3.0 sounds great, but how would I use it?
Once again we went to our techies to answer this question:
Say you wanted to move your 200 most favorite MP3’s onto a new computer. A USB 3.0 drive could complete the move in about 20 seconds. Conventional 2.0 drives would take 2-3 hours to complete the job.
If, for instance, you wanted to move a digital copy of your daughter’s best loved movie onto a different PC, you could count on a 3.0 flash drive to complete the transfer in about a minute, while a 2.0 drive would probably take all day.
If you have a staggering amount of information that needs to be accessible at the snap of a finger, USB 3.0 is exactly what you need. Standard USB 3.0 flash drives start at higher capacities, and are available in 512 GB and up! On a 128 GB USB 3.0 drive you should be able to hold around 5 Blu-ray movies, 26 DVD’s, 24,000 music files, or 26,000 images. As you can see, USB 3.0 is here, and it’s here to stay. You can count on Bulk Flash Drives to keep you at the forefront of this new technology. The number of different drive models and options are growing every day, and there are no signs that it will stop.
USB 3.0 Technical Specs
Now that you have a good feel for what a USB 3.0 drive can do, you’re probably wondering how this new technology is able to offer such staggering specs.
Well, for you techies out there, developers added an additional physical bus along with the conventional 4 in a standard 2.0 drive. From there, another 5 wires (including two transmitter/receiving lines and an additional ground wire) have been added for a grand total of 9.
The expanded wiring specs allow the 3.0 drives to run at increased speed and reliability. It also guarantees that a standard type-A plug will still fit and function in your 2.0 port.
From there, we’ve moved from an antiquated half duplex arrangement to a Bi-directional interface, which has also increased the functionality.
To illustrate the differences between standard high speed 2.0, and super speed 3.0, we’ve put together a few diagrams and pictures for you on this page.
If you have any questions about USB 3.0 flash drives or need us to clarify any aspect of 3.0 technology for you, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call us at 800.371.1984.
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