Toshiba is demonstrating its new self-encrypting drive technology at the RAS conference in San Francisco. The new technology supports the TCG Storage Architecture Core Specification and the SSC Opal Specification.
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The technology encrypts all data on a hard drive with NIST-certified AES encryption technology that is integrated into the HDD controller chip. By integrating the encryption, technology into the controller chip the encryption/decryption process happens at full I/O speeds according to Toshiba.
The encryption technology promises to not impact drive performance and to require the same power as a drive without encryption technology. The technology also supports other certified algorithms for authentication and access control. Drives using the new technology are expected to debut in Q1 2010.
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