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XMC SATA SSD aimed at industrial, defence apps

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microsemi? SSD? XMC? self-encrypting drive?

Microsemi Corp. has introduced an ANSI/VITA 42.3-2014-compliant PCI Express interface XMC form factor serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) solid state drive (SSD) aimed at industrial and defence applications that necessitate ultimate security for data-at-rest. As part of Microsemi's TRRUST-Stor best-in-class self-encrypting drive (SED) technology line-up, the XMC promises powerful key management methods where, no encryption key is stored in the SSD, leaving data forensically unrecoverable, noted the company.

Typical embedded systems using secure SSDs require a bolt on external chassis for the drives, adding weight and size to the device. Microsemi solves the problem by offering an XMC form factor that plugs directly into the host card and eliminates the need for an external enclosure. In addition, the advanced TRRUST-Stor family of secure SSDs includes advanced security features such as hardware-based AES256 encryption and advanced key management systems.


The XMC SSD has a layered security protocol allowing a hardware or software command to erase the encryption key in less than 30ms and erase full flash storage media in less than 10s with no trace of recoverable data.

The XMC SSD features an XMC x2 PCIe interface per ANSI/VITA 42.3-2014; XMC SATA interface (configurable); 256GB and 512GB SLC NAND flash; up to 185MB/s read/write speed; multiple modes, including customer supplied keys; and hardware-based AES-256 XTS encryption.

In addition, the solution flaunts a TRRUST-Purge option that clears encryption key in less than 30ms; hardware based fast erase, erasing the entire drive in less than 10s with validation; military sanitisation methods/protocols; abrupt power interruption protection; and mean time between failures (MTBF) of 2.5 million hours.

The SSD also supports an industrial temperature range and continuously running built-in self-test.

Microsemi's MXMCM256/512 TRRUST Stor 256GB and 512GB XMC SSDs are available to order.

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