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The USB memory industry has finally settled from a 2 year long high…

Since the fall of 2016 the NAND Flash and DRAM memory industry saw increases in supply commodities rise over 40% thus raising prices across the board for computer peripherals, portable devices, computer, laptops, and USB flash drives, both retail and promotional.  This was due, mainly to a massive crossover in the manufacturing process of NAND Flash memory as a brand new architecture (3D NAND) was introduced, causing factories to shut down nearly half of all production, as they made room for the new equipment.  What was supposed to be a small adjustment period of 2-3 months turned into a 2 year battle.


Early adoption of the new technology was a difficult road to hoe. In late 2014, when 3D NAND architecture was first introduced, major companies such as Intel, Micron, Samsung and Toshiba had announced that this new technology would allow manufacturing of an MLC-like memory chip which could cary as many as 96 layers vertically within the same horizontal (X,Y) space. Companies boasted that this new technology could potentially offer memory sizes to multiply upwards of 10x current limits on a single chip, and perform read/write tasks at over triple (3x) the speed.


It took until late 2016 for factories to ramp up their technology to begin the most basic manufacturing of this new transformative technology, which was sure to enhance the USB Flash market, even at entry-level production which was set to use a 48-layer 3D NAND product (Toshiba / Sandisk), but many problems and complications caused an alter-effect with would see prices rise significantly, while supply ran short world-wide.  It seems companies were more focussed on developing further towards the 96 layer goal, with the first 64-layer 3D NAND flash chips being produced in 2017.


The race to techno-supremacy is often littered with entire industries serving as cannon fodder. As these companies competed for the fastest and largest laptop sized SSD hard drives, service to the USB flash drive market suffered.  Add to that a silicon wafer shortage which came up only a few short months later, this spelled certain disaster. It’s been a long and arduous road…


Fast forward to 2018. 3D NAND flash is now widely used in many multi-layer configurations, account for over 60% of all bit layer production, and most recently Toshiba Memory, alongside of Western Digital have opened an entirely new 3D NAND Flash fabrication plant in China. Prices have been slowly (very slowly), but steadily coming down, the supply chain seems much healthier, and forecasts are good into the first 2 quarters of next year (2019) that prices will continue to remain within this or better ranges.


So basically, if you buy USB drives, whether it be for digital media presentation, or for promotional purposes (or both!), now is a much better time to buy than months ago, and the horizon looks healthy. Get your quotes updated today and see.


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Flash Drives

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been enjoying the convenience of flash drives for nearly two decades. We offer an extensive inventory of unique products that provide sufficient storage for:

  • Extensive school or work projects
  • Long video files
  • Up to 128 GB of material

Great for Promotional Purposes

Freebies that feature a business logo are a great tool to use in marketing, especially if you serve a local community. We can print on our Swivel USBs, Jet Setters, and some of our wood models as well as the Credit Card 001 USB models. This is a promotional item that won’t be tossed aside and forgotten.

Your company name will be on display every time the recipients accesses their files in public. Not to mention, they’ll probably be willing to tell people a little bit about the company that gave away such a cool gift.

Designed to Fit Your Style

Regardless of your needs, we have flash drive technology that’ll meet your style and personality. As you browse our extensive inventory, just a few of the options you’ll have to choose from include:


custom usb credit card drives

Designed to Make Life Easier Than You May Realize

We tend to associate flash drives with school and work, and they certainly make things more manageable in this respect. However, if you’ve never seen the need in your life for a flash drive, there are a few ways you could use one to make life easier. Just a few of these include:

  • Provides convenient and accessible storage for emergency information
  • Offers a great way to save pictures and other memorabilia for safekeeping
  • Offers great backup for important files if you don’t want to keep a paper file

Need your flash drive in a hurry? USB Direct offers 24-48 hour rush turn-around services on some of our most popular USB items. Get your new flash drive as early as tomorrow.

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Toy Car Shape USB Drive

  USB drives have given users a lot of mobility with their documents. You can put literally gigabytes of data in your front pocket and load it from anywhere you have access to a computer. Probably the one advantage USB drives have over “The Cloud” is accessibility, without the need to connect to the internet. Another advantage of USB drives is, like “The Cloud”, they can be used as an inexpensive way to backup important data. Smart users incorporate both methods of storing data into their data recovery plan.

More Than a USB Stick

Besides being a good way to save and store data, USB drives have taken on a second life for some people as a form of expression. You can find USB drives in just about any form factor you can imagine. Some are quite quirky, while others are designed to be more practical. Almost anything that you hold near and dear has probably already been represented in a USB flash drive case. There is even one really ambitious DIY mod on the internet, which illustrates how to turn your favorite Hot Wheels car into a USB flash drive. You have to be somewhat technical in order to assemble the drive, but for the less technical, there are other options.

Several companies make USB drives models after cars. One such company I found, has over 90 different models, including classics like the ’67 Chevy Mustang, and they even roll, just like real Hot Wheels! If you are more futuristic in you love of cars, another USB drive design is actually modeled on the Transformers cartoon and movie franchise concept. This USB drive is a tiger, which transforms into a car. The USB end plug is protected, when in “tiger mode,” and has to be transformed into a car in order to be plugged in for use.

Think Functionality First

One important thing to remember is ultimately these devices are meant to save your data. Although there are no moving parts, USB drives do have a solder point which connects the outer case to the main circuit board. If that connection breaks it has to be repaired, before you can retrieve your data. So, when you select a specialized USB drive to store your important data on, be sure it is durable and practical enough for everyday use. However, if you just want a cool USB drive for casual use, then go for it! There are many inventive choices out there.

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Who Knew Files Were Sitting In Your Purse?

We have made advancements in technology in every aspect of our society. One of the most convenient of these advancements is the invention of the USB drive. These great devices take the place of those bulky files that you have been carrying around from place to place for years. The idea is simple – USB drives are portable storage devices where you can save electronic files from a computer source, enabling you to transport, store and share files safely and conveniently. As a matter of fact, you could have your company’s entire financial records, for the past twenty years sitting in your purse and no one would even know!

Variety Is The Spice of Life

Every year, the manufacturers of these great drives find new ways to make their drives appealing. While the functionality of the drive itself is more than enough to make a consumer want to run out and buy a few, by providing consumers with a wide range of colors and designs, manufacturers have made turned these drives into expressions of their owners, and consumers are eating it up. It doesn’t matter if you simply want to let people know that your favorite color is red or if you want to advertise your favorite summer blockbuster, with a USB drive shaped as your favorite character, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.

Smaller, Faster, Less Expensive

Every year these USB drives get smaller and more convenient, more reliable, and less expensive. You can even find smaller USB drives at your local dollar store. Because technology advances so quickly, manufacturers can continue to make the drives at a lower cost, without sacrificing any of the reliability that comes along with the drives. No matter how much memory you are looking for, you are likely to find a USB drive that is perfect for your needs. You can even find USB drives about the size of a credit card, that hold more memory than you could ever need.

There will always be those professions that keep to the old ways and prefer to open a physical file up in front of them, instead of opening the file on a computer. However, most people truly do see the benefit of these great inventions, and will use them in every aspect of their life, and no one will ever know just how many files you have in your purse.

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