Things are starting to get very real...
On what is likely to become a rash of products in the near future Freecom and Point Grey have become the first to show off a commercial USB 3.0 hard drive and USB 3.0 ExpressCard adaptor respectively.
Going with the former first (it only seems polite) we find that the 'Hard Drive XS 3.0' (who thinks up these names?!) will offer transfer speeds of up to 130MB/sec - blazingly fast, though certainly not testing the boundaries of USB 3.0. That said, such speeds will allow a 5GB file to be transferred in just 38 seconds Freecom claims, so you're not exactly hanging around.
The Hard Drive XS 3.0 will be available in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB when it launches in mid November. Prices will start at £99.99 for the 1TB version.
So, that's the hard drive sorted, but what about the interface? Well here Point Grey has laptop owners ready with the first USB 3.0 ExpressCard adaptor. No official figures are being given out, but The Reg did see it push 500MB of data across in just four seconds, so there's little lag going on here.
Unlike the Freecom Hard Drive XS 3.0, there is no formal launch date or RRP, but doesn't it just make the pulse race to know such products are very close indeed...
ExpressCard Adaptor via The Reg