SATA Universal Storage Module™ (USM)

The SATA Universal Storage Module (USM™) specification for portable storage applications enables developers to incorporate slots into televisions, game consoles, set-top boxes, computers, docking stations and other consumer electronic devices that will accept powered, cable-free storage modules with integrated powered SATA interfaces for expanding storage capacity. Devices based on the USM specification extend the speed and reliability of volume storage I/O to the consumer electronics market to provide removable and expandable storage solutions and eliminate the need for a separate cable or power supply.

USM is the first standard specification to define slots to accept a complete, powered external storage device into consumer electronic devices. Modules, slots and interfaces designed according to the SATA USM specification will enable consumers to instantly access their music, movies, photos and other content from a variety of consumer electronics products, and to seamlessly transfer content between devices without the aid of additional power or cables. The integrated SATA interface supports transfer speeds up to 6 GB/s.

USM Slim

The USM Slim™ specification defines a 9mm form factor, making it an ideal storage solution for notebooks, tablets and other portable devices. The specification allows manufacturers to develop external storage offerings that seamlessly pair with these thin and light mobile devices so that consumers can still have instant access to their music, movies, photos and other content at any time or place.

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USM Products:

  • Seagate GoFlex™ USM
  • Antec Desktop PC
  • Thermaltake Desktop PC
  • Ionics Plug Computer
  • Lenuss Media Player
  • HiSense Media Player
  • GIEC Media Player