THE WEIGHTLIFTERS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COMPUTING -

At CES 2012, Vic­tori­nox show­cased its SSD and Slim 3.0 USB drives with stor­age ca­pac­i­ties be­tween 64GB and 1TB. The com­pany claims their thumb drive­sized SSD is the small­est high-stor­age SSD around and the first to in­clude a con­nec­tor for both USB and ESATA. Last year, Tran­scend touted a sim­i­lar sized USB 3.0 flash drive with 2 TB stor­age.

While the stor­age ca­pac­i­ties of the USB drives keep in­creas­ing, the push for the small­est size seems to have hit a dead end since Dutch man­u­fac­turer Deonet came out with the “small­est Usb-stick in the world”. Based on rev­o­lu­tion­ary Mi­cro Udp-chip mem­ory, it is half the size of a clas­sic Usb-mem­ory chip: 19.5 x 14.5 mm with a 2.9-mm thick­ness. De­spite its size, it can store be­tween 4 and 16 GB of data. No won­der, no one has made a USB drive smaller than this.

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