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Kingston Debuts 1 TB External Flash Drive

The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 offers capacities of up to 1 TB and read speeds of up to 240 MBps.
The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 offers capacities of up to 1 TB and read speeds of up to 240 MBps.

At the 2013 International CES event in Las Vegas, Kingston Digital unveiled a new line of USB 3.0 flash drives with capacities up to 1 terabyte, the largest to date.

The new line, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0, supports both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, offering write speeds of up to 160 MB per second and read speeds of up to 240 MBps with a USB 3.0 host controller (30 MBps read/write using a USB 2.0 host controller). The devices will be available in two configurations--512 GB, available now, and 1 TB, available within the next three months.

The new models measure about 2.8" (length without the key ring) x 1.1" x 0.8".

In related news, Kingston also started shipping lower-capacity flash drives in its DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 3 line, including a 32 GB model and a 64 GB model. Both support USB 3.0 and offer read speeds of up to 150 MBps and write speeds of 70 MBps (30 MBps read and 20 MBps write using USB 2.0). The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 models measure about 2.7" (length without key ring) x 0.9" x 0.46".

The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 supports both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 on Mac OS X (10.6 or greater), Windows (XP SP3 or newer), and Linux (kernel 2.6.31 or greater). The 512 GB version is shipping now. It's listed at $1,337 in Kingston's online shop. The 1 TB version will ship later this quarter. Both include a five-year warranty. The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 starts at $62. Those units come with a three-year warranty.

Additional details about the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 and DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 can be found on Kingston's site.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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