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Meet the HyperDisk: the "smallest and fastest portable SSD" on Indiegogo

The HyperDisk can fit on a credit card. (Source: ChargeLabs)
The HyperDisk can fit on a credit card. (Source: ChargeLabs)
ChargeLabs has designed the HyperDisk to be a tiny external drive housing super-fast memory. This OEM claims that it has read-speeds of up to 960 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write-speeds of 920MB/s. It comes in 512GB, 1TB and 2TB SKUs, and has attracted over US$600,000 of crowd-funded backing.

ChargeLabs is funding its new portable SSD on Indiegogo at present. This HyperDisk is touted to be an ultra-small example of such an accessory, and yet to be one housing the fastest and most effective storage media possible. To this end, it houses "Intel flash" memory rated for approximately 1 gigabyte per second (GB/s) data-transfers.

These speeds are enabled by the HyperDisk's USB 3.1 gen 2 standard, and by boards that house M.2 NVMe tech. This is found in the product's 512GB or 1TB SKUs, although there is also a 2TB variant which apparently upgrades to DRAM instead. Either way, ChargeLabs claims to have used chips that can withstand shocks, vibrations and high temperatures. An aluminium housing in either black or silver colorways and a "frosted" finish also contributes to this durability.

To this end, the 2 smaller SKUs weigh only 45 grams (g) and measures 66.73x37.9x10.76 millimeters (mm). The 2TB option needs to be twice this weight and to add 68mm to its length, however. All of these options come with USB type C ports, and with the cables necessary to connect to devices with both type A and type C interfaces

On that note, ChargeLabs claims that the HyperDisk is compatible with all platforms, from Android phones to Windows PCs - the iPad Pro 2018 included. However, on that note, the user is likely to need Thunderbolt 3 in order to realize the full potential of its read- and write-speeds. This device is available on its crowdfunding page and starts at $95 (correct at time of writing).

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-26 (Update: 2020-01-26)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.