Fujitsu Launches Half Terabyte Mobile HDDs

Fujitsu Launches Half-Terabyte Mobile Class Hard Disk Drive Series

World's Highest Capacity Disk Drive with Green Policy Innovation Program and Available AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption

Sunnyvale, CA, November 11, 2008
— Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced the launch of the 2.5-inch MJA2 BH and MJA2 CH series 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/sec mobile hard drives (HDD), achieving industry leading capacity of a half-terabyte (500GB(1)), and features the highest capacity to support full disk encryption (FDE) in a 2.5-inch form factor. The new series are designed to meet the cumulative demands of notebook PCs, desktop PCs, consumer electronics and other mobile applications.

“End users are looking for reliable hard drives with the highest possible capacity,” said Mario Apicella, Director, Technology and Product Validation Services, Storage Strategies Now, “and these new drives from Fujitsu respond to those customer requirements. In addition, the new models have very low power consumption and are manufactured with a green emphasis, which together with an unsurpassed 256-bit AES encryption capability sets a great example for the industry."

As part of the Fujitsu Green Policy Innovation program, the new HDD series is the first for Fujitsu to be halogen-free(2) and comply with the RoHS directive, which reduces the use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment. Both the MJA2 BH and MJA2 CH series provide a best-in-class read/write power consumption of 1.4W (SATA 3.0Gb/sec), a reduction of 33% from previous generation models. Additional product enhancements over the previous generation 5400 RPM HDD include a higher resistance to operating shock, reducing damage from accidental handling, and 27 percent faster internal transfer rates to improve overall system performance.

“We are excited to bring to market a series of hard drives that not only provide tremendous storage capacity, but also minimize environmental impact,” said Lorne Wilson, senior vice president, sales, corporate marketing and new products group. “This new series will also be an ideal solution for customers that require an extremely secure, high capacity storage solution.”

MJA2 CH series features the same shock resistance, compact size and transfer speed while enabling the end user to add the highest security standard for data protection. Just as with the first generation model, the MJA2 CH series supports AES hardware-based FDE using the industry leading 256-bit key size, allowing the drive to provide data protection from unauthorized access by setting a password. Encryption and decryption are performed by the hardware of the drive, instead of by the computer’s CPU and memory, thereby eliminating the impact on system performance. The security credential that is used to unlock the drive is cryptographically regenerated when the correct password is received at power-on and is unattainable when the system is powered off. The MJA2 CH series is ideal for various IT applications that require the highest security standards with high storage capacity, less complexity and low cost of ownership.

1   One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.

2   Halogen free as defined by levels of chlorine (CL) and bromine (Br) or a compound in which they are combined reduced to be less than the standards of IEC61249-2-21:2003, as stated below:
    Chlorine: less than 900ppm
    Bromine: less than 900ppm
    Chlorine + bromine: less than 1500ppm