Digital storage firm Iomega today anounced new host-powered External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drives, available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

By combining a solid state drive with the superfast USB 3.0 interface, Iomega says the new drives are up to 10 times the speed of USB 2.0 drives.

The improved speed of the drives comes from a combination of the new interface and the use of a solid state drive. Iomega says the external SSD Drive performs twice as fast as a 7200 RPM SATA hard drives utilizing the same USB 3.0 interface.

Encased in a pocket-sized 1.8-inch thick metal enclosure which provides added protection against drops, and cool-to-the-touch (because there is no moving parts), the SSD drives require no external power supply and are backward compatible with personal computers and other devices that only have USB 2.0 ports.

Additional features include: 256-bit hardware encryption for security, bundled anti-virus and backup software, and a three-year warranty and the superior performance of solid state drives that users expect in state-of-the-art storage from Iomega.

The 64GB, 128GB and 256GB Iomega External SSD Flash Drives will be available in early November $229, $399, and $749 USD respectively.

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