Kingston Digital Europe, billed as an independent world leader in memory products, has announced what promises to be a fast and rugged USB Flash drive - the Kingston DataTraveler R500.

The new drive provides users with high-speed data transfer rates and a durable rubberized casing protecting, offering high data transfer rates of up to 30MB/s read and 20MB/s write. It is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7-tech support.

"This is the ideal solution for users such as photographers or graphic designers who want to store and share high-definition photos or videos, large documents, presentations or music", said Steve Hall, European Product Development of Flash.

"This is the ultimate USB Flash drive for those who desire fast transfer rates and a sturdy design."

The Kingston DataTraveler R500 is compatible with Mac (Mac OS X 10.5.x or later), Windows (Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 7) and Linux (Linux v.2.6.x+)

Pricing is dependent on capacity and vendor.

 Kingston DataTraveler R500