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History of USB memories

In a previous post we talked about USB memory devices with large storage capacities, such as the Kingston DataTraveler 2000, but it would be good recoder a little history of these small devices have become an essential part of our daily lives.
History of USB memories
History of USB memories

USB flash drives (Universal Serial Bus) are storage devices that use flash memory to store information. Same reason they are also known as flash memory. In other countries they are also called pen drive, memory stick, USB pen drive, memory key, memory and others.

USB History

Pioneering companies began selling USB flash drives were Technogy Trek and IBM, for 2000. Under the name for the company Trek Thumbdrive and DiskOnKey for the first units sold in the US by IBM.

The company responsible for manufacturing the first USB memories was the Israeli company M-Systems with the amazing capabilities for that time of 8, 16, 32 and 64 MB. Although these storage capacities currently seem insignificant, for launch was extraordinary because, if we remember that the USB came to replace floppy disks.
History of USB memories
History of USB memories

USB first used batteries to be used, and currently receive the supply voltage via the connector itself, of 5 volts and a consumption of 2.5 watts maximum.

Later came the USB memories of the second generation connectivity with USB 2.0 standard with a speed of hsta 30 Mbit / s, 20 times faster than USB 1.1 devices.

Currently there are third-generation memories with the USB 3.0 standard, with data transfer rates greatly improved compared to the reports 2.0. Plus they have compatibility with USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3.0 interface now allows transfer speeds of up to 5Gbit / s.
History of USB memories
History of USB memories

At present there are flash drives ranging from 1GB to 1TB capacities, which makes them incredibly useful for storing information, effectively becoming mini Hard Drives. There are even models of these devices that encrypt data by hardware, allowing safeguard all our data, whether sensitive or not foreign to our eyes.

Today, prices have dropped so much Flash memory to the first comparison that came out, and it is increasingly common to see people with USB drives above 16GB of storage.

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