LSI SandForce SSD Processor Compliant With TCG Opal Spec

And optimizing battery life
This is a Press Release edited by on 2013.06.11

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LSI Corporation announced that its SandForce SF-2200 Client Flash Storage Processors (FSPs) now enable SSD manufacturers to build drives compliant with the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal specification.


Compliance with the Opal spec simplifies the deployment and management of self-encrypting SSDs based on SandForce FSPs in corporate mobile computing environments by promoting interoperability with popular encryption and security management products, including those offered by Wave Systems Corp. and WinMagic, Inc.

Whether it is sensitive customer information, proprietary data or intellectual property, a company's data is often its most valuable asset. If this data is lost, stolen or accidentally exposed, organizations run the risk of lost revenue, legal implications, and a tarnished reputation and brand. With today's increasingly mobile workforce, the security of corporate data stored in employees' mobile computing platforms such as laptops and ultrabook systems is of critical concern for IT managers. Studies have found that 1 in 10 laptops will be stolen within the lifetime of the device, and this number has been growing at a steady rate. [Ponemon Institute, The Billion Dollar Lost Laptop Problem, April 2010]

"Businesses around the world have strong incentives to protect sensitive data by converting notebook PCs to encrypted drives," said Jim Handy, SSD analyst for Objective Analysis. "Meanwhile a growing number of IT managers are adopting SSDs either to raise employee productivity or to extend the life of corporate laptops. By introducing Opal compliant SandForce SSD controllers, LSI is addressing both of these needs at once."

Companies are moving to SSDs in laptops to launch applications faster, reduce boot times and extend battery life. However, concerns over cost-effective data security and the complexity of deploying and managing SEDs are slowing even wider adoption.

SandForce FSPs automatically encrypt data-at-rest on SSDs used in laptops and other corporate mobile computing platforms with the AES-256. Together with TCG Opal compliance, FSPs simplify the deployment and management of hardware-based, self-encrypting SSDs in corporate environments while helping to make government-grade data security accessible to businesses of all sizes.

Opal compliant SandForce Driven member SSDs offer:

  • Simplified deployment and management of self-encrypting SSD solutions
  • Tested interoperability with popular encryption tools
  • AES-256 automatic encryption protection
  • Up to a 75% cost savings over software-based encryption solutions[Ponemon Institute, The TCO of Software vs. Hardware-based Full Disk Encryption, April 2013]
  • Reduced TCO by eliminating the added expense and time required to destroy and dispose of non-encrypted drives
  • Enterprise flash performance, reliability and endurance provided through LSI DuraClass technology

"The growth of corporate mobile computing, coupled with the rise in data breaches and new compliance requirements, have driven companies of all sizes to strengthen their data security," said Thad Omura, VP marketing, flash components division, LSI. "With the addition of Opal compliance and new features for optimizing power consumption, LSI SandForce FSPs make it easier than ever to deploy new corporate mobile computing platforms without compromises in security, battery life or overall user experience."

LSI will demonstrated Opal compliant SandForce Driven member SSDs at Computex 2013 taking place June 4-8 in Taipei, Taiwan. Product demonstrations showcased DevSleep technology, a new power-savings feature for SF-2200 client FSPs that enables up to a 400x reduction in SSD power consumption at idle, helping to extend battery life in ultrabook systems using the new Intel Haswell chipset.

DevSleep technology is critical to meeting the standby battery life duration requirement of the Windows 8 Connected Standby feature. Systems that support Connected Standby must drain less than 5% of system battery capacity over a 16-hour idle period. The feature helps to achieve the lower power targets of mobile computing devices by allowing background tasks like content updates to be performed while in standby, similar to a smartphone.

TCG Opal compliance for LSI SandForce FSPs is available to SSD manufacturers via a free firmware update. DevSleep low-power state technology is currently in production and is available on volume SandForce SF-2200 controllers.

"Wave is the foremost expert on simple, cost-effective and trusted computing solutions for protecting data for the increasingly mobile workforce. The combination of Wave's security management and Opal compliant SandForce Driven member SSDs greatly simplifies the management and deployment of SEDs, while helping mitigate the costs associated with proving that a device was encrypted when lost or stolen. Wave is unique in its support for every Opal 1 and Opal 2 compliant SED available on the market today and so clearly appreciates the benefit of increased choice in drive selection, which the availability of SandForce Driven member SSD brings to consumers," said Steven Sprague, CEO, Wave.

"WinMagic's SecureDoc provides security-conscious organizations around the world with a best-in-class, centrally managed, easy-to-use data encryption solution. As one of our Opal Technology Partners, we work closely with LSI during the design, development and testing phases. This enables us to better and seamlessly support many of the SEDs in the market that leverage LSI SandForce FSP technology," said Garry McCracken, VP of technology partnerships, WinMagic.