Microsemi Introduces mSATA SLC-based Secure Solid State Drive for Embedded Applications Requiring the Highest Levels of Security and Reliability

New Low Power SSD with Unmatched Security Designed for Defense and Industrial Markets; Offered in an Extremely Compact Form Factor

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2015 -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced a compact form factor serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) solid state drive (SSD) for industrial, defense, intelligence, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) as well as secure laptops where ultimate security for data-at-rest is required. The low power mSATA SSD has 64GB single-level cell (SLC) flash capacity in a 50mm x 30mm compact form factor and is 65 percent smaller than similar 2.5" devices. The SSD also features Microsemi's Armor™ processor, which solves obsolescence issues common in industrial and defense applications by guaranteeing long-term security and performance.

"Microsemi's miniaturization technology coupled with high-end security features in the Armor processor enable customers to design secure systems and reduce the footprint otherwise required," said Bill Sorrentino, tactical marketing manager for Microsemi's Memory and Storage business. "In the advanced deep sleep low power mode, the SSD is only using 150mW and can be 'instant on.' This feature will enable longer field life for battery powered applications. In addition, it will cut down on cooling required for products where heat is a concern."

The device is Microsemi's newest addition to the advanced TRRUST-Stor® family of secure SSDs in a compact MO-300 mSATA form factor. This SSD includes security features such as hardware based AES-256 XTS encryption and advanced key management systems. The new Armor III processor also has the capability to sanitize the drive with the NSA 9-12 protocol in less than two minutes, which is up to three times faster than industry standard.

As part of the TRRUST-Stor best-in-class self-encrypting drive (SED) technology, the product offers security that is unmatched in a standard mSATA SSD. Advanced key management modes and isolated key fill capabilities protect unpowered data at rest by assuring that the encryption key does not reside in the SSD once power is removed. For sensitive applications, a hardware or software signal can trigger an erase of the encryption key in less than 30 milliseconds (ms). A second security layer can be activated to erase the entire storage media in less than 10 seconds, rendering data forensically unrecoverable.

"Microsemi's low power mSATA SLC-based SSD is specifically designed for embedded applications requiring the highest levels of security and reliability. Our mission is to help our customers solve the most demanding data reliability and protection challenges," said Charlie Leader, vice president and general manager for Microsemi's Power & Microelectronics Group. "As a leader in the design and delivery of specialized, secure storage systems, Microsemi will continue our commitment to providing the highest levels of performance while meeting the most stringent security requirements."

Key features include:

Capacity: 64GB reliable SLC NAND flash (32GB and 128GB on roadmap)

Compliant to industry standard SATA specifications

Key management: multiple modes, including loadable (AES) keys

Hardware-based AES-256 XTS encryption, protecting sensitive data

DS-101 key fill port with key encryption key (KEK) and black key support (optional)

TRRUST-Purge™ clears encryption key in less than 30ms

Hardware based fast erase, erasing the entire drive in less than 10 seconds with validation

Industrial temperature

Leading-edge fast sanitization speed

Mil sanitization methods/protocols

Hardware authentication (optional) enables higher levels of security

U.S.-made with full configuration control

Microsemi's new TRRUST-Stor 64GB mSATA SSD is available to order now. For more information, visit www.microsemi.com/products/solid-state-drives/s[...]. To request a full datasheet or further product details, email sales.support@microsemi.com.

About Microsemi's Memory, Processor and Storage Product Portfolio for Defense

As a global provider of advanced embedded components for defense markets and applications including those meeting extended environment operational requirements, Microsemi offers full design, fabrication and test capabilities for simple to complex custom multi-chip packages (MCPs), commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) memory, processors and combination MCPs for demanding defense applications. For optimized size, weight and power (SWaP), Microsemi designs, qualifies and miniaturizes electronic systems for severe defense and aerospace environments. To learn more visit www.microsemi.com/product-directory/899-memory-[...].

About Microsemi's Defense and Security Product Portfolio

Complementing its leadership in secure SSD technology, Microsemi is a provider of secure field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system-on-chips (SoCs), security software, anti-tamper solutions, FIPS-197 certified 1 Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHYs with AES-256 MACsec support (IEEE 802.1AEbw-2013), radio frequency (RF) transceivers, embedded memory, monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), transient voltage suppression (TVS) devices, power switching devices, high voltage diodes, high voltage transistors, Zener voltage regulators, NPN and PNP transistors and signal diodes. For more information about Microsemi's portfolio for defense applications, visit www.microsemi.com/applications/defense.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,600 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.