Irvine, Calif. Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC) and its parent, Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo) are readying a line of TransMemory USB flash drives that will bring U3 smart technology into the company's USB lineup.
The four models in the TransMemory U3 smart drive series will be launched on the global market at the end of November. Drives will be offered in 512-MBytes, 1-, 2-, and 4-GBytes capacities. A corresponding line-up of flash drive subassemblies for OEMs will be offered that can be easily customized by adding the outer shell.
USB flash drives have won support for their combination of capacity, ease-of-use and portability. The U3 smart drive computing platform extends that versatility by supporting storage not only of data, but also of applications and personal computer settings, preferences, profiles and security features, as well as the means to manage them.
A U3 smart drive can be used in any Windows 2000 or XP PC with a USB slot, and once configured to suit a user's preferences, delivers the user's familiar computing environment and support for such applications as e-mail and web surfing, and access to files stored both on the host PC and on the smart drive. When the user removes the U3 smart drive, no personal data is left behind.
On insertion into a PC, all U3 smart drives automatically launch the U3 Launchpad, which presents the user with a list of programs to choose from and files to work with. U-Safe password-based security protection software is also built into the U3 Launchpad and can be activated at the user's discretion. U3 smart software programs can be downloaded directly through the U3 Launchpad on every U3 smart drive, or from the U3 online store at software.u3.com
"Toshiba's new USB U3 smart drive series offers a high level convenience and portability by enabling users to carry U3 smart programs and content together on a single U3 smart drive and access them on most Windows-based PCs to maintain a familiar personal workspace," said Scott Nelson, director, memory marketing, for TAEC.
Regarding pricing, Toshiba said: "Due to the price fluctuations in the NAND flash market, pricing for the U3 USB devices will be available in Q4. The devices are scheduled to ship in late November."
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