Super Talent Launches Co-Branded Toshiba SSDs

Super Talent Launches Co-Branded Toshiba SSDs

Super Talent announced the new UltraDrive DX SSDs with two levels of security. Co-branded with Toshiba, the new drives will be sold through Super Talent's North American retail and distribution channels. The first level of security in the UltraDrive DX supports password protection with an encrypted password. For additional protection, the DX incorporates hardware data randomization technology to help prevent unauthorized copying of blocks of data. More information about the new drives is available below.


Super Talent Launches Co-Branded Toshiba SSDs

SATA-II UltraDrive DX SSDs Include Advanced new Security Features

San Jose, California - October 6, 2009 Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new co-branded UltraDrive DX SSDs that offer two levels of security to prevent unauthorized data theft or loss. Co-branded Toshiba, the new UltraDrive DX SSDs will be sold through Super Talent's North American retail and distribution channel starting this week.

As a first level of security the UltraDrive DX supports password protection with an encrypted password. This blocks malicious hackers from accessing the data stored on the SSD. As a second level of protection the DX incorporates new hardware data randomization technology. Data randomization happens automatically with every write to the drive to prevent unauthorized copying of blocks of data. Both encrypted password protection and data randomization are standard features that do not affect performance.

UltraDrive DX SSDs include sophisticated ECC and wear leveling algorithms for superior reliability and extended endurance. The DX has passed intensive testing with a gamut of hardware and software configurations to ensure unmatched reliability. While the DX was designed primarily for exceptional security and reliability, it is also surprisingly fast, and is specified to support sequential read speeds of up to 230 MB/sec and sequential write speeds of up to 180 MB/sec.

Part Number

Description

Retail Price

FTM64DX25H

64GB UltraDrive DX, MLC Flash

$219

FTM128DX25H

128GB UltraDrive DX, MLC Flash

$439

FTM256DX25H

256GB UltraDrive DX, MLC Flash

$719

FTM512DX25H

512GB UltraDrive DX, MLC Flash

$1649

 
"As the first Toshiba co-branded SSD on the market, UltraDrive DX features a Toshiba controller and Toshiba's MLC NAND flash memories. The DX provides best-in-class security and reliability features combined with cutting edge performance in both read and write speeds", explained Super Talent Director of Marketing, Joe James.



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The extra security feature is great...the price not so much.

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I'm not too keen on the extra security being built into the drive. Let me explain...

Undoubtedly, the implementation will require some kind of OS driver support (after all, the drive isn't necessarily the boot device), and while support might be great now (maybe they offer Mac, Win, and Linux drivers for us dual-booters?), I always try to think 5+ years out.

Trying to find drivers for 4+ yr old hardware (NICs, Scanners, webcams) on Vista showed me that you can't trust vendors to support their hardware indefinitely... or even for 10 seconds after they've released the next thing they want to sell you. Open source drivers are the only solution - They can generally be recompiled on every new architecture with no/little change, and are maintained for as long as people want to use the device.

So, if I wanted security, and an assurance that I'd be able to read the data in 10 years, I'd use a normal drive and an open source encryption solution like TrueCrypt. It's the only way to truly be future-proof.

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Dear Manufacs,

Still too expensive!

Love, Average Joes.

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What martin_nj said is right.

 

They could make an absolute KILLING off of volume sales if they would just drop the prices on these  drives.

Yes, we want them, but we're not quite ready to sell the children into slavery to afford them.

"Knock-knock? Is anybody home?"

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