Thinking of giving away promotional USBs these holiday season? Well, before you do, it might work to your advantage if you learn a thing or two about these portable storage devices. This way you can be ready for any query related to these promo items and make you and your brand look good in anybody’s eyes.

Here are just some of the basic things you need to know:

  1. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and was introduced in 1999 by Amir Ban, Dov Moan and Orsn Ogdon.
  2. Microsoft was the company which named the memory storage as USB Flash Drives, referring to the device’s flash memory. It was introduced in the market in 2000 by IBM and Trek technology and boasted of 8MB capacity. Today, flash drives can have as much as 1TB in storage space.
  3. USB flash drives do not run on batteries and simply need to be connected to run.
  4. They are typically composed of a male A-plug, flash memory chip, mass storage controller device, crystal oscillator, test points, write-protect switch, LED light and space for second flash memory chip. On the outside, the device is housed in different designs and shapes which make them great customised marketing tools.
  5. In 2011, the flash drive memory and SSD market was estimated to be worth $38 billion and is expected to double to $60 billion by 2015.

Memorize these information and you are bound to impress a lot of your customers.