Fujitsu announced the release of the MHZ2 CJ Series of 320 GB(1) 2.5″ hard disk drives with automatic hardware-based encryption to effectively secure data against theft or loss, along with the industry’s highest rotational speed of 7200-rpm and a 3.0 Gb/s Serial ATA interface. The new series of drives for computers and external storage devices will be available at the end of May 2008.

20080421 01a Fujitsu Released 7200rpm, 2.5 inch HD w/ Encryption

Fujitsu Limited today announced the release of the MHZ2 CJ Series of 320
GB(1) 2.5" hard disk drives with automatic hardware-based encryption to
effectively secure data against theft or loss, along with the industry’s highest
rotational speed of 7200-rpm and a 3.0 Gb/s Serial ATA interface(2). The new
series of drives for computers and external storage devices will be available at
the end of May 2008.

This series is the first hard disk drive in the world to support the 256-bit
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)(3). The drive implements the AES hardware
encryption directly into the processor chip of the hard disk drive, resulting in
more robust security and faster system performance than software-based
encryption.

All data stored on the hard disk drive can be erased instantly, in less than a
second, using the advanced secure erase feature. For public institutions and
companies that handle large amounts of personal and other confidential data,
this dramatically lowers the time and cost involved in wiping clean the hard
drives of computers that are disposed of or reused.

With the growing problem of information theft and new laws protecting personal
information, interest in data security is extremely high, especially as disk
capacity increases and users write vast amounts of personal and other data on
their drives. Lost or stolen computers with high-capacity hard drives put
confidential information at risk, making the need to secure the data stored on
those hard drives all the more urgent.

The conventional response to this problem has been the use of BIOS passwords(4)
and software-based encryption. Seeking a more robust form of data security,
Fujitsu has now developed 2.5" hard disk drives with hardware-based AES
encryption using industry-leading 256-bit key.

The built-in AES automatically encrypts all data when storing it on the hard
disk drive and decrypts the data when read. Unlike software-based encryption,
the key does not reside in the computer’s memory. This makes it more resistant
to attack and imposes no processing overhead on the CPU, optimizing system
performance.

Fujitsu’s line of highly reliable and efficient hard disk drives now includes a
hard disk drive that combines maximum data security features with high
performance, resulting in an ideal computing environment.

Moreover, with growing awareness of the problem of data stored on the hard
drives of computers, anyone planning to discard or reuse a computer has been
obliged to use specialized software to overwrite all the user accessible data
blocks on the hard drive multiple times, a costly and time-consuming
proposition. This new series of drives includes an advanced secure erase feature
to dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership to public institutions as
well as private enterprises.

Fujitsu is an active member of the Trusted Computing Group(5), an organization
that promulgates and disseminates standards for security-related technology. The
company plans to continue releasing products that respond to its customers’
needs for information security.

Pricing & Availability
Series name Price Shipment
MHZ2 CJ per order end of May 2008

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