SLC flash has several advantages over MLC and even TLC flash. SLC or Single Level Cell can endure more write cycles, offers more bandwidth and less latency when compared to lesser flash technologies. The down side is SLC costs more than MLC, between 2x and 5x as much to be more specific according on one of our sources.
In our meeting with Zalman at Computex, Cameron and I received Zalman U3M16 thumb drives with the Zalman press kit on them. Receiving flash drives with press kits is nothing new, most companies do it, but getting the latest and greatest product from a company for the press deck is a bit of a stretch. We're not complaining, though.
The M3U16 is Zalman's latest thumb drive and their most advanced to date. Zalman has two versions of this drive, M3U16 and M3U32. The drivers differ by capacity and bandwidth. Today were looking at the 16GB model that is capable of reading and writing at 100MB/s. The U3M32 32GB doubles the capacity size and increases read performance to roughly 160MB/s read and 140MB/s write speeds. Obviously, both models require USB 3.0 ports to achieve anything more than 35MB/s (USB 2.0). They are backwards compatible though with USB 2.0.
At the time of writing, we weren't able to find either model for sale anywhere in the world, but we're pretty sure that will change soon.
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