The drive, described as being as long as a human thumb and slightly thicker than a penny, was videotaped at the Display Taiwan 2011 technology show. The model on display had only 16GB, but the display states that it's capable of scaling to 2TB.
"If you're wondering who exactly is ITRI and why have they created an ultrathin 2TB USB, they are Taiwan's government-sponsored innovation lab, whose sole purpose is to help Taiwanese companies innovate. And since Taiwan is the home of hardware, it stands to reason they'd have some cool gadgets lying around," the YouTube poster states.
Neither Taiwan-based Transcend nor the ITRI immediately responded to Computerworld's requests for information about the drive technology.
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