Toshiba Announces 16GB U3 Memory Key

Like a hard drive in your pocket.

Memory keys, if I can’t have em small I want em big and they don’t come any bigger than Toshiba’s latest…
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Announced just ahead of IFA (which yours truly will jetting off to tomorrow afternoon), the TransMemory line is available in incremental sizes up to a monster 16GB. Furthermore it will be U3 compatible and – possibly for the first time – offer a genuine alternative to an external hard drive.


U3, for the gallionth time, is a standard jointly developed by SanDisk and M-System (who the former bought outright last month for $1.55bn) which enables programmes and user configurations to be run directly from a memory key. All trackable data (cookies, web history, etc) is kept on the key and removing it from a computer eliminates all traces of your use. Sandra wrote a longer piece about the technology here.


Ok, history lesson over, what else do we know? In truth, very little. Data transfer rates, weight, dimensions and – importantly – price won’t be unveiled until the show itself though a November release date is scheduled. I’ll potter on over and see if I can’t find out a few more details vonce I spveak in my vest German accent.


Link:
Toshiba UK