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October 4, 2009

Active Media Products unveils new external SSDs

Features write speeds of up to 160MB/s and read speeds up to 240MB/s

By CBR Staff Writer

Active Media Products, a manufacturer of SSDs and USB drives, has unveiled Aviator 312 line of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external SSDs. The company claims that SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer speeds up to 4.8Gbits/sec, which is ten times faster than USB 2.0.

According to the company, the new external SSDs take advantage of USB 3.0’s bandwidth, delivering high transfer speeds in a compact mobile flash storage device. The A312 measuring less than 3 inches long and only 0.2 inches thin. The new SSDs can save a 25GB full-length HD movie in about two minutes due to its write speeds of up to 160MB/s and read speeds up to 240MB/s.

The company added that Aviator 312 SSDs are designed for external use, and include a carrying pouch and a USB 3.0 Micro-B cable for connection to any USB port. The 312 is fully backward compatible; it works in any USB 2.0 or 1.1 port, but requires a SuperSpeed port to reach its full performance capabilities.

Unlike many other high speed external storage devices, the A312 does not require a separate power source. It draws all the power it needs directly from the USB bus, the company said.

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Jerry Thomson, vice president of sales at Active Media Products, said: Aviator 312 SSDs are a ground-breaking product with performance that is eight to ten times faster than today’s fastest USB 2.0 flash drives. For anyone who doesn’t have hours to waste copying large files there’s nothing that comes close to the Aviator 312’s speed.”

Aviator 312 SSDs will begin shipping this quarter through Amazon at expected retail prices of $89, $119 and $209 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively.

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