Micron RealSSD C400 SED Encrypts Data on the Fly

Paul Lilly

The latest version of Micron's RealSSD C400 includes self-encrypting technology based on the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal specifications. Micron is pitching its C400 SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) at government systems and large corporations concerned with the rise of malicious attacks and data breaches that have taken place in the past several months.

Data on the C400 SED is scrambled using a hardware-based, AES 256-bit encryption engine and advanced security firmware. It works in conjunction with an encryption management system, and towards that end, Micron partnered with encryption management provider Wave Systems when designing the drive.

Micron says the encryption key is protected within the drive itself and kept separate from the host. Authentication is performed by the drive before starting the operating system.

The C400 SED is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities in both 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch form factors. Other features include a SATA 6Gbps interface and up to 500MB/s read and 260MB/s write speeds. Production of the new drives will begin in the fourth quarter.

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