Dutch company Deonet is known for quirky USB storage designs, including credit cards, eco-friendly wood, and USB keys, but their latest product is going smaller. Launching next year at the PSI Düsseldorf trade show, the unnamed storage accessory is billed as "the smallest USB stick in the world," says Gizmag. Once you remove the promotional tag, you'd better hope that you never misplace it or break it.
Regarding the "world's smallest" claim, it seems to hold up so far. PQI's USB 3.0 U819V thumbstick measures at 31.5 x 14.8 x 7.3 mm, while the Pico USB Flash Drive rounds out at 31.3 x 12.4 x 3.4 millimeters. As Gizmag notes, even the penny-sized Kingmax Super Stick Mini loses to Deonet in terms of length -- the latter's USB offering is smaller still, at 19.5 x 14.5 x 2.9 mm in overall size.
When Deonet's new USB stick goes to market, it'll be ready to hold 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of data, although there's no price point quite yet.
It's based around something called the Micro UDP chip (where UDP stands for the USB Disk In Package assembly process, which sees the controller, flash IC, substrate and passive components molded into a very small, single package), which is less than half the physical size of other USB memory solutions.
Since the USB stick is so small, it's both convenient and worrisome. On one hand, you can plug it into your laptop or notebook and not have to worry about accidentally breaking the accessory, since it shouldn't jut out of the USB port. On the other hand, it looks incredibly easy to misplace, especially considering the "blend in with any dark surface" black coloring.
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