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Kingston Reveals World’s Largest Flash Drive and More – CES 2017 Update

CES 2017 and all the chaos that comes with it has just begun. One of our first booth tours is with Kingston, where they just revealed the world’s largest flash drive, the DataTraveler Ultimate GT. Just how big is this flash drive? It comes in 1TB and 2TB in capacities! Made out of a zinc alloy metal casing and high-density NAND this monstrosity is able to deliver up to a few hundred MB/s read and write speeds over its USB 3.1 interface.  It measures in at 72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm, so it is a bit bigger than most USB flash drives, but it is also one of the most solid drives we have handled. It even comes with a 5-year warranty if its sheer capacity didn’t compel you enough to purchase it. This product should be released in February.

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Next up, they showed off their latest value/entry level SSD, the A400. This SATA 6GB/s 2.5” 7mm SSD is ranked below even their UV400 as their most affordable SSD product. It has been launched in China, Brazil, Russia, and of course, the USA. It will utilize a Phison S11 controller and Toshiba 15nm TLC flash to begin, but these are subject to change once they finish qualifying a Marvell controller and 3D TLC NAND. Capacities available are 120GB through 480GB. Read speeds are rated for up to 500MB/s and writes are rated for up to 450MB/s by utilizing an SLC cache. The endurance rating is respectable at 40/80/160TBW per respective capacity and it comes with a 3-year warranty.

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Furthermore, they have just launched the 1.6TB and 1.8TB variants of the DC400 and they showed off their DCP1000 NVMe SSD. These enterprise SSDs are for Server Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and IT applications. They deliver high IOPS and low latency consistently. Over-provisioning is available to help suit your needs whether you need more write performance or capacity. The DCP1000 is from their joint effort with Liqid, who we covered back in August at FMS 2016. This NVMe PCIe utilizes a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface to deliver up to 7GB/s bandwidth and when in a RAID 0, over 2 million IOPS performance! These will be available during Q1 this year.

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Finally, they showed off their client-oriented NVMe M.2 2280 SSD, the KC1000. It is able to deliver up to 2.8GB/s read and 1.6GB/s write bandwidth. Capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB will be available in Q2 this year.

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Stay tuned for more CES 2017 coverage throughout the week!

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