TDK Launches SDS1B Series SSDs

TDK is a company that I haven’t thought of in years, actually many years as I don’t think I’ve seen the name since the time of audio cassettes (MC), but they’re still around and still producing a lot of products in various regions of the electronic sectors. One of their newest products is a SATA III SSD built around their own in-house SSD controller, the SDS1B series of SSDs.

TDK developed their own controller for this drive, working from the base of their old controllers. The new GBDriver GS1 NAND flash controller features the recovery and refresh functions of the old controllers as well as a power interruption tolerance algorithm and integrated power supply protection circuit; it will work with both MLC and SLC NAND flash memory.

The new SSDs presented here come without a DRAM or other type of cache, meaning they will run slower than what we’re used to from consumer class drives. The new product can achieve read access speeds up to 440 MB/s and write access speeds up to 240 MB/s with MLC and up to 340 with SLC flash.

These drives are intended for embedded and industrial applications and reliability is more of an issue than the extra speed. Each feature and chip added to something is another part that can fail and stop the drive from functioning and by not adding a caching function, TDK eliminates one more of these.

TDK SDS1B features include global static wear leveling algorithm for the entire drive and improved power interruption tolerance with an internal power supply protection circuit to prevent collateral data errors. The auto-refresh function reads all data including little-used data and automatically performs error correction (ECC) when needed and TDK also added a function for specifying a data range and completely deleting all data in it. The drives feature AES 128/265-bit hardware encryption and also TDK’s proprietary security function that requires mutual authentication from both host and SSD. SMART and TRIM are also present as it should be on any drive.

TDK will demonstrate the drive at the Embedded Systems Expo (ESEC) to be held in Tokyo this week and the new products will be available from August 2015.

Kingston Announced a Pair of next-Generation Encrypted USB Flash Drives

Kingston announced a pair of next-generation encrypted USB Flash drives designed to safeguard valuable data. The DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 and DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 Management Ready protect sensitive information with hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and titanium coated stainless steel casing.

DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified and provides a tamper-evident seal for physical security to detect and respond to attempts to access, use or modify the cryptographic module.

DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 Management Ready features the same security and features but offers the optional SafeConsole management from BlockMaster. SafeConsole gives the ability to remotely reset passwords, configure password and device policies and activate audit for compliance.

Both drives offer USB 3.0 data transfer rates and are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. They are backed by a five-year warranty and free technical support.

Features and Specifications:

  • High-end FIPS Validated Security: 100-percent of stored data is protected by hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in XTS mode
  • Tamper-Evident seal: physical security to detect and respond to attempts at physical access, use or modification of the cryptographic module
  • USB 3.0: latest USB standard guarantees backward compatibility with USB 2.0
  • Read-Only Access Mode: when selected, access files in Read-only Mode to avoid potential Malware risks
  • Enforced password protection: complex password is user-set with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access
  • Secure: drive locks down and reformats after 10 intrusion attempts
  • Easy to use: no admin rights or application installation required
  • Customizable: preload content, password length, maximum number of password attempts and internal/external serialization numbering
  • Ruggedized: titanium-coated stainless steel casing
  • Waterproof: protected against water damage
  • TAA Compliant
  • Speed:
    4GB: 80MB/s read, 12MB/s write
    8GB & 16GB: 165MB/s read, 22MB/s write
    32GB: 250MB/s read, 40MB/s write
    64GB: 250MB/s read, 85MB/s write
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    USB 2.0 compliant and 1.1 compatible
    Two free drive letters required for use

Thanks to Kingston for providing us with this information