CES 2017: Kingston Launches 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB 3.1 Portable SSD

Subject: Storage | January 3, 2017 - 02:46 PM |
Tagged: usb, Ultimate, Terabyte, ssd, kingston, GT, flash, drive, DataTraveler, CES 2017, CES, 2TB, 1TB

Kicking off the storage announcements at CES 2017, Kingston announced a 2TB thumb drive:

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Ok, well it's a bit big for a thumb drive, but it is definitely a high capacity portable SSD with a narrower profile (width wise) than a Samsung T3, and is meant to be plugged directly into a USB port. Thickness may be an issue for some applications, but I assume they would include a short extension for those trying to plug into tighter spaces like at the rear of a PC case. The release was light on details, particularly performance, though I'd expect these to be able to do a few hundred MB/s on sequentials at a minimum. More should come out about this and other Kingston products later in the week.

*edit* Here's a couple of pics I snagged at one of the events here:

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Full press blast after the break.

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Kingston Digital Doubles Capacity for World’s Largest USB Flash Drive

  • 2TB Capacity
  • A New Ultimate in Flash Drive Storage Achieved

2017 International CES Las Vegas, NV & Fountain Valley, CA – January 3, 2017 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced DataTraveler® Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), the world’s highest capacity USB Flash drive. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers up to 2TB of storage space and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) performance.

Power users will have the ability to store massive amounts of data in a small form factor, including up to 70 hours of 4K video on a single 2TB drive*. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers superior quality in a high-end design as it is made of a zinc-alloy metal casing for shock resistance. Its compact size gives the tech enthusiast or professional user an easily portable solution to store and transfer their high capacity files. For more information please see below or refer to the following reference table for storage capacities.

“At Kingston, we push the limits of what’s possible,” said Jean Wong, Flash business manager. “With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor. This is a terrific follow up to our 1TB drive released in 2013 and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily.”

DataTraveler Ultimate GT ships in February and will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. It is backed by 5-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information, visit www.kingston.com 

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities1: 1TB, 2TB
  • Speed2: USB 3.1 Gen. 13
  • Dimensions: 72mm x 26.94mm x 21mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Warranty: 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Mac OS v.10.9.x+, Linux v.2.6.x+, Chrome OSTM

DataTraveler Ultimate GT Part Numbers

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Source: Kingston

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January 3, 2017 | 08:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What the hell is " Speed USB 3.1(2 superscript): 3.1 Gen. 1(3 superscript)" and where are the notes referenced by the superscripted numbers? Is that really USB Type-C Gen 1, or is it just USB Type-A with a USB 3.0 controller chip.

Damn I wish the marketing people and the tech press would be forced to follow the USB-IF naming conventions as there is no "USB 3.1 Gen 1" classification from the USB-IF! It's either USB Type-C Gen 1 or USB Type-C Gen 2, with the Gen 1 denoting USB 3.0 speeds and the Gen 2 denoting USB 3.1 connection speeds!

From the images provided it looks like a bog standard USB Type-A with that Blue color used for USB 3.0! So why not state USB Type-A SuperSpeed or SS, 5 Gbit/s as that was the way it has been described under the USB-IF naming guidance for Type-A and USB 3.0!

Even the wikipedia entries are confusing to read but not the USB-IF's naming guidence at the USB-IF's website!

January 3, 2017 | 11:03 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

3.0 has been replaced by 3.1 gen 1, which can be over type A or C.

...and regarding your 'there is no 3.1 gen 1 spec from USB-IF': "SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) from the USB-IF"

Further detail, in the form of the Language Usage Guidelines from the USB-IF (which specifically states USB 3.1 Gen 1) is here.

January 4, 2017 | 11:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes that's in regards to the controller specification used in the USB 3.1 guidelines but what I want to Know First is the plug form factor that the dive is using so if it's a USB Type-C then the Type-C naming guidance(other document) says Type-C Gen 1, or Type-C gen 2, and if the device is using a Type-A plug the the marketing material should say Type-A SS OR Type-A SuperSpeed.

It's confusing to most when they see USB 3.1 Gen 1 when the potential customer needs information given on the Plug from factor used like Type-A or Type-C. And this is USB-IF's fault because the USB 3.1 standard if only for the USB controller, while the Type-C standard is a separate USB-IF plug/electrical standard that can be wired into a USB 3.1 controller or a USB 3.0 controller chip.

Any external drive maker needs to note the native USB form factor used on the device(Type-C, Type-A, or other USB plug variants)

On Page two of the PDF you linked to it states the following:

"Please note the following:

USB 3.1 only defines the transfer rate of a product.

USB 3.1 is not USB Type-C™, USB Standard-A, Micro-USB, or any other USB cable or connector.

USB 3.1 is not USB Power Delivery or USB Battery Charging."

January 4, 2017 | 02:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

P.S. after re-reading the PDF document and other USB-IF documents it is apparent that USB-IF guidance related to any Non Type-C plug/electrical standard/Gen 1/Gen2 naming is damn confusing even to USB-IF themselves and Calling USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 both SuperSpeed is just more confusion piled on top of some very bad naming/nomenclature on USB-IF's part. As before the USB Type-C plug standard and 3.1 standards where even in existence, USB SuperSpeed/SS was only used to refer to USB 3.0 connection speeds. I fail to see why USB-IF does not want to Call USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+, or SS+ as they do internally.

The consumer is royally screwed by the confusing naming guidance, post USB Type-C plug standard and Post USB 3.1 controller standards introduction to the market. And the Press is as well understandably confused also by USB-IF’s confusing naming conventions.

And then there is the USB Type-C alternative mode usage for TB3, HDMI over Type-C, and DisplayPort over Type-C additions/Etc. to cause even more confusion. I respectively throw in the towel and the winner of this naming madness argument is the total confusion brought about by USB-IF themselves!

This is why I’ll never purchase electronics products online as it's too confusing getting the proper port information on OEM PC/Laptops and other mobile devices or peripheral devices. Having to RMA products purchased online is a pain.

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