Buffalo Technology have announced what they claim to be the first USB 3.0 based external hard drive - the DriveStation HD-HXU3. The drive is encased in a rather attractive glossy black shell, and comes in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB options, boasting transfer rates of up to 125MB/s, still a long way from the theoretical maximum rate of 400MB/s. These numbers are very similar to Freecom's USB 3.0 drive which was announced last week - also claiming to be the first on the market.
It is good to see more USB 3.0 devices coming to the market, even if mass support isn't around just yet. Luckily Buffalo thought of this and have announced the IFC-PCIE2U3, a USB 3.0 controller card. No mention of pricing on any of the drives yet, and despite claiming to be the first to market, the release date is simply stated as the "fourth quarter of 2009", for both the controller and drives.