500GB Fujitsu portable disk has built-in encryption

Fujitsu just announced a 500GB, 5400RPM SATA drive for portable applications with full disk encryption, a boon to the paranoid.

The drive supports 256-bit AES. No pricing but expect it in heavy duty laptops soon.

World’s Highest Capacity Disk Drive with Green Policy Innovation
Program and Available AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Fujitsu Computer Products of
America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including
hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today
announced the launch of the 2.5-inch MJA2 BH and MJA2 CH series 5400 RPM
SATA 3.0Gb/sec mobile hard drives (HDD), achieving industry leading
capacity of a half-terabyte (500GB(1)), and features the highest capacity
to support full disk encryption (FDE) in a 2.5-inch form factor. The new
series are designed to meet the cumulative demands of notebook PCs, desktop
PCs, consumer electronics and other mobile applications.

“End users are looking for reliable hard drives with the highest
possible capacity,” said Mario Apicella, Director, Technology and Product
Validation Services, Storage Strategies NOW, “and these new drives from
Fujitsu respond to those customer requirements. In addition, the new models
have very low power consumption and are manufactured with a green emphasis,
which together with an unsurpassed 256-bit AES encryption capability sets a
great example for the industry.”

As part of the Fujitsu Green Policy Innovation program, the new HDD
series is the first for Fujitsu to be halogen-free(2) and comply with the
RoHS directive, which reduces the use of hazardous substances in electronic
equipment. Both the MJA2 BH and MJA2 CH series provide a best-in-class
read/write power consumption of 1.4W (SATA 3.0Gb/sec), a reduction of 33
percent from previous generation models. Additional product enhancements
over the previous generation 5400 RPM HDD include a higher resistance to
operating shock, reducing damage from accidental handling, and 27 percent
faster internal transfer rates to improve overall system performance.

“We are excited to bring to market a series of hard drives that not
only provide tremendous storage capacity, but also minimize the
environmental impact,” said Lorne Wilson, senior vice president, sales,
corporate marketing and new products group. “This new series will also be
an ideal solution for customers that require an extremely secure, high
capacity storage solution.”

MJA2 CH series features the same shock resistance, compact size and
transfer speed while enabling the end user to add the highest security
standard for data protection. Just as with the first generation model, the
MJA2 CH series supports AES hardware-based FDE using the industry leading
256-bit key size, allowing the drive to provide data protection from
unauthorized access by setting a password. Encryption and decryption are
performed by the hardware of the drive, instead of by the computer’s CPU
and memory, thereby eliminating the impact on system performance. The
security credential that is used to unlock the drive is cryptographically
regenerated when the correct password is received at power-on and is
unattainable when the system is powered off. The MJA2 CH series is ideal
for various IT applications that require the highest security standards
with high storage capacity, less complexity and low cost of ownership.