▲ ▼ External storage with hardware compression
Those who had to compress large assorted data and transfer it to external storage would have experienced large waiting times, once for compression and again for transfer.
Modern CPUs have have hardware based compression for multimedia(Video) in the form of instruction sets such as MMX, SSE, AVX; but lacks general purpose compression accelerators.
Hardware based compression could accelerate compression and transfer of data. Enterprise infrastructure have had hardware accelerated compression in the form of PCIe based adapters, cards, Network accelerators.
Still, a USB/Thunderbolt based USB storage with ASIC(Application-specific integrated circuit)/FPGA(Field-programmable gate array) based compression accelerators could add value to both enterprise and general consumers.