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Sandisk announces X300s SSD for business laptops and desktops

The encryption doesn't slow it down
Tue May 13 2014, 13:00

x300s-front-new-alternateFLASH STORAGE MAKER Sandisk has announced its latest enterprise grade hard drive with self-encryption.

Following on from Sandisk's announcements for the server market last month, the X300s 2.5" SATA is designed for corporate notebooks and PCs.

The Sandisk X300s improves read/write speeds by using three different types of data storage, a volatile cache - short term storage - MLC NAND flash for long term mass storage - and a non-volatile flash write cache known as the ncache to supplement the first two.

Sandisk claims the X300s is the first self-encrypting drive to achieve data security without impacting performance, with typical read/write speeds of 510/450MBps for the 512GB drive.

As well as the 256-bit AES self-encryption, the X300s has a few more tricks up its sleeve to avoid data loss and increase the time between charge cycles.

A DEVSLP low-power mode allows the drive to power down at quiet moments, while a technique known as "thermal throttling" temporarily reduces drive performance in the event it is overheating, to give it a chance to cool down. The company believes that this combination results in a mean time between failure (MTBF) performance of over two million hours.

The X300s also comes with administrator dashboard software to monitor firmware updates and drive health, as well as manage drive security features. It's available immediately in capacities ranging between 64GB and 1TB.

Last month Sandisk announced that it had built the first 4TB SSD drive, promising an 8TB SSD drive by the end of the year. µ


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