Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Incredible Expansion of USB Jump Drives Continues as Kingston Leads Industry

Remember the good old days when you longed for 1 or 2 GB jump drives? Those days don't seem very long ago... and truth is they aren't.

However time in tech years is like time in dog years. Rapid advancements in flash memory technology have allowed the tiny jump drive to reach capacities not even dreamed of a year or two ago.

Take a look at the drives on the right. Kingston announced on June 15th that they are now going to be selling jump drives with capacities of 32, 64 and even 128GB!!!

While the prices of these drives is steep now, look for them to fall rapidly. That's just one more great thing about rapid advances in technology.

Read on for all the info from the company's press release:

Kingston Technology First to Market with 128GB USB Flash Drive

Large Capacity, Password Protection on New DataTraveler 200

Fountain Valley, CA -- June 15, 2009 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the DataTraveler® 200 (DT200), the world's first 128GB USB Flash drive. The large capacity along with password protection gives users the flexibility to carry critical data with them at all times in a very small form factor.

"The new DT200's robust storage capability lets consumers store complete libraries of music, photos and videos. It is also a great tool for business users who carry around large databases or files," said Andrew Ewing, USB business manager, Kingston®. "The password protection helps safeguard data and requires no admin rights, making the DT200 a terrific solution for the home or office."

The Kingston DataTraveler 200 features a capless design to protect the USB connector when not in use and is enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost™. It is available in 32-, 64- and 128GB capacities. The 128GB drive is build-to-order only. Customers who wish to purchase it can place an order through normal channels (e.g., e-tailers or resellers).

The DT200 is backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7 tech support. For more information, visit www.kingston.com.

DataTraveler 200 Product Features and Specifications:
  • Capacities*: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
  • Dimensions: 2.77" x 0.49" x 0.89" (70.39mm x 12.52mm x 22.78mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32° F to 140° F (0° C to 60° C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4° F to 185° F (-20° C to 85° C)
  • Simple: just plug into a USB port
  • Practical: durable, capless design
  • Guaranteed: five-year warranty
  • Safeguarded: includes Password Traveler security software for Windows
  • Enhanced: for Windows ReadyBoost™ on Vista-based systems**

  • * Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston's Flash Memory Guide at Kingston.com/Flash_Memory_Guide.
    ** Although DT200 is enhanced for ReadyBoost, Password Traveler will not operate properly if ReadyBoost cache is enabled on the drive. However, you may enable ReadyBoost cache on a separate drive.
Compatibility Table

Operating SystemFile TransferPassword Traveler
Windows Vista® (SP1)Yes Yes
Windows ReadyBoost™ **Yes No
Windows XP (SP1, SP2, SP3)Yes Yes
Windows 2000 (SP4)Yes Yes
Mac OS X v.10.3.x +Yes No
Linux v.2.6.x + Yes No


Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB Flash Drive
Part NumberCapacity and FeaturesMSRP (U.S. only).
DT200/32GBDataTraveler 200 32GB Blue & Black$ 120.00
DT200/64GBDataTraveler 200 64GB Yellow & Black$ 213.00
DT200/128GBDataTraveler 200 128GB Black$ 546.00

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