This one nearly snuck by us which would've been a shame as it's rather interesting...
A first on me, OCZ has announced an eSATA thumb drive, yep a USB memory key format but with the zippier connector for breakneck speeds.
Targeting regular travellers, enterprise and enthusiasts the 'Throttle eSATA' line couldn't be more straightforward yet brings with it claims of 90MB per second read and 30MB per second write speeds which should potentially clobber those of the ubiquitous USB2.0. Capacities are also impressive coming in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB variants and could prove a real hit with backup fanatics and those who like to cart around a lot of multimedia content - especially HD material.
"We are excited to introduce the Throttle eSATA drive, which delivers many of the key benefits of external SATA including faster transfer rates and a cost effective expansion storage for high performance computing," said OCZ director of product management Eugene Chang. "The Throttle is available in high densities and offers exceptional peak interface speeds for high performance notebooks, desktops, consumer electronics and entry level servers. In the case where an eSATA port is not available, the Throttle has the ability to connect via USB as well for ultimate flexibility."
This last point is particularly cool for those considering an upgrade in the near future though it does require a separate cable and should you be thinking more than six months ahead (why would you ever in the tech world?) it may be worth sitting it out for the arrival of USB 3.0 in Q3/Q4 '09 which will change the game once more.
For impatient speed freaks the Throttle line will go on sale this month with two year warranties. Prices are currently undisclosed, but expect them to carry a small premium compared to their USB relatives.
Update: As suspected, it isn't unique the little known Kanguru e-Flash beat it by a few weeks. Thanks Lars!