One thing to advertise, another to place the product on the market. Freecom may have moved ahead in the beginning, but Buffalo intends to pay back and promised for this month the arrival of the HD-HU3, which will possibly become the first USB 3.0 hard drive launched worldwide.
Of course, all of this is still quite symbolic, since the technology is useless without a suitable controller to support it. To get around the problem, Buffalo plans to offer the NEC IFC-PCIE2U3 2-port PCI Expressx1 for purchase, which will cost 5,300 Japanese yen (about R $ 105).
Buffalo's USB 3.0 drives will be released in two versions: one of 1TB, for 20,000 Japanese yen (~ R $ 400), and the other of 1.5TB, for 25,300 Japanese yen (~ R $ 505). The manufacturer also plans a 2TB model, but only for later and for a much higher price: 46,600 Japanese yen (~ R $ 930).