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Microsemi forays into SSD space with new storage device

Posted: 25 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TRRUST-Stor? SSD? TRRUST-Purge? AES-256 encryption?

The solid-state drive (SSD) arena recently opened its gates to a new playerMicrosemi Corp.

The chipmaker will soon produce and bring to market its TRRUST-Stor secure storage device, an SSD designed for use in the aerospace, defense and military sectors. According to Microsemi, the device is targeted at mission-critical applications, such as surveillance, data recorders, field computers, digital map storage, avionics and GPS/communications systems.

The SSD gives the user a hardware-based implementation of AES-256 encryption with XTS. Hardware-based authentication enables even higher levels of security. Its so-called ''TRRUST-Purge'' technology erases the keys in less than 30ms, rendering data forensically unrecoverable.

Manufactured in the U.S. by a DoD-trusted facility, the SSD is said to withstand up to 1700G shock and 30Grms of vibration. Leveraging Microsemi's Armor flash management processor and IP, product obsolescence is mitigated while allowing for differentiation and customization, according to the analog and mixed-signal chipmaker.

''We recognized a need in the defense aerospace segment for secure, highly ruggedized drives with unquestioned data integrity,'' according to a Microsemi spokesperson. ''This niche was not being met with existing drives on the market.''

- Mark LaPedus
??EE Times

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