Seagate debutes their firmware encryptioned notebook drive

Computer World article

In light of the recent security issues with laptops, Seagate has unveiled the Momentus 5400 FDE.2 drive, with native 128-bit AES encryption. The Momentus is a regular SATA drive that encrypts data automatically as it writes. It has a throughput of 1.5gb/sec spinning at 5400 rpm. It also comes with preboot authentication, and a secure erase feature that writes over data many times to allow for reuse. A Seagate spokesman said that the encryption feature increases production costs by about 25%. The drive comes in three flavors, 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB, and relatively cheep, at $130 to $175 for the 80GB model.

ASI computer Technologies Inc., A computer company that serves small to medium sized VAR or integrators who focus on products for government, legal, financial, educational, and health industries, debuted the first laptop to feature the new drive. Kent Tibbils, senior director of platforms, said the ASI NB Model C8015 and C8015+ laptops also began shipping. ASI said it chose it’s 15-inch Centrino Duo Notebook to house the new drive because the laptop already comes with security features such as a biometrics fingerprint reader.

Seagate said it was talking with several large laptop manufacturers, but the drive would be well suited to a varity of platforms including desktops and gaming rigs.

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