While the rest of the computer world might not be ready for USB 3.0, Buffalo is set to ship the first USB 3.0 hard drive later this month. The HD-HU3 will be available with an NEC IFC-PCIE2U3 2-port PCI Expressx1 host controller so that you’re able to use it with your computer. The HDD will offer speeds of up to 125 Mbps–about 3 to 4 times faster than the speeds what current Buffalo drives offer. Unfortunately for U.S. users who wants to get Buffalo HD-HU3, the HD-HU3 will be offered only in Japan when it ships in late October. The external drives will come in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB models. The former two are set to run about $225 and $284 respectively. The NEC controller will cost an extra $60.
The next incarnation of USB connectivity promises transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps (10x faster than USB 2.0), minimal wait time and better power efficiency. Computers with USB 3.0 are likely to begin hitting the market in late ‘09, so it won’t be long before we’ll be able to start regularly enjoying the increased performance of the new standard, though initial speeds are expected to be a fraction of the 5 Gbps. [via Gizmodo]