Custom USB Flash Drives in 2011
2010 has proven to be a rather huge year for custom USB flash drives and flash memory in general. The start of the year saw the release of USB 3.0 and the reluctance of Intel and several other companies showing support for the technology. However, despite this speed bump, USB 3.0 surged forward through the help of smaller manufactures and shows no signs of slowing down for mass adoption.
By about mid July, there were hundreds of USB 3.0 compatible devices and at the end of 2010, you could find a USB 3.0 compatible components just about everywhere. These included USB hubs, USB flash drives, motherboards, computer cases, and much more.
With 2010 being such a huge success for USB drives and the promotional industry as a whole, it stimulates the imagination and makes us wonder what new USB technologies will spring up in 2011 and how they will affect the promotional industry. Well we cannot know for sure, but if 2010 is any sign of things to come, 2011 should prove to be a rather interesting year.
Already we have begun seeing announcements by several big name companies in the flash industry, such as Samsung, announcing that they will be debuting new products or new additions to lines at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas. CES is where we will officially get the first taste of what things are to come for 2011 but based on the announcements released so far, it would seem that USBs in general and particularly USB 3.0 are bound to have a great year.
We reported earlier this year about Digitimes predicting flash prices would continue to fall in 2011 and although late December has remained fairly constant, 2011 is still shaping up to see decreased flash memory costs and increased production. This is particularly attributed to the expected increase in flash memory for new smart phones and tablet PCs.
So with 2011 just over the horizon and CES to shortly follow suit, we will get a better understanding of what 2011 will bring. Perhaps 3.0 will finally receive adoption by Intel and its partners, or perhaps other manufactures will break the $10 mark and we will finally see 3.0 drives as cheap as or cheaper than 2.0 drives. Either way, 2011 should be a year to remember!