USB 3.0 is slowly but surely making its way into the mainstream. Buffalo in Japan today announced [JP] a total of four memory sticks with USB 3.0, with 8, 16, 32 and 64GB on board. The new devices only support Windows XP/Vista/7 machines though (you’ll get just USB 2.0 speed for Macs).
Buffalo promises transfer speeds of up to 71MB/s for the sticks (when plugged into compatible computers), as opposed to the about 23MB/s you get with USB 2.0.
The sticks are not the first of their kind, but they will be relatively affordable, at least when they drop into Japanese stores on December 1 (prices: 8GB: $33, 16GB: $59, 32GB: $113, and 64GB: $213). Buffalo is also selling products in the US and elsewhere, so chances are these USB 3.0 drives will make their way outside Japan soon.