Iomega has officially announced the upcoming launch of its new ultra-rugged, pocket-sized 1.8-inch portable solid state drives – Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drives, which feature a built-in 256-bit hardware encryption, and high-speed USB 3.0 interface that able to boast up to 10 times faster speed than USB 2.0 drives, encasing in a stylish metal enclosure that offers added protection for drops of up to 10 feet.

“When time is money and you need the latest technology in portable storage, Iomega’s new high performance external solid state Flash drives are the ideal solution,” commented Jonathan Huberman, president at Iomega Corporation. “Iomega’s new external USB 3.0 SSD Flash drives are compact, rugged portable storage devices that deliver data transfer speeds considerably faster than any standard rotating disk drives, as well as the confidence that comes with a solid industrial design, hardware encryption and the complete Iomega Protection Suite to protect users’ important files, all of which makes Iomega’s new SSD Flash Drives the storage of choice for high-end users who demand the ultimate in performance and portability.”

Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash drive will be available in 3 variants of memory capacity – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, scheduled to hit the market in coming November for $229, $399 and $749, respectively.