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Fujitsu Asia Releases World’s First Hard Disk Drives with 256-bit AES Support

MHZ2 CJ series of HDDs available for ASEAN and India from end-May 2008

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

Singapore, April 21, 2008

Leading regional IT and communications solutions provider Fujitsu Asia today announced the MHZ2 CJ series of Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard disk drives (HDDs) for the ASEAN and India markets.

The series comprises the world’s first HDDs to incorporate hardware-based support for the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), for enhanced security and improved performance compared to software-based encryption.

With on-board AES support, the HDDs automatically encrypt and decrypt data during read and write operations respectively. Unlike software-enabled regimes, the series’ hardware-based approach does not require encryption keys to be loaded onto the computer’s memory, for improved system performance and enhanced data security.

Data stored on the MHZ2 CJ series can be securely erased in less than one second, offering significant time savings when formatting HDDs for reuse or disposal.

Incorporating a 2.5-inch form factor, the MHZ2 CJ series comprises five models with storage capacities ranging from 80 gigabytes (GB) to 320GB, and a spindle speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute (rpm). The maximum storage capacity of 320GB matches that of the MHZ2 BJ series – announced previously by Fujitsu Asia – as the highest for any 7,200rpm 2.5-inch SATA HDD commercially available today.

The series offers a maximum data throughput rate of 3 gigabits per second (Gbps), as well as average read and write times of 10.5 milliseconds (ms) and 12.5ms respectively.

The AES support, compact form factor, high storage capacities and throughput rates as well as fast spindle speed make the series ideal for applications such as:

  • high-end desktop and notebook PCs
  • gaming rigs
  • database servers

Models in the MHZ2 CJ series consume only 2.3 watts of power when reading or writing data, making them among the most power-efficient HDDs in their class.

The series also possess attributes found in earlier SATA HDDs by Fujitsu, such as:

  • large buffer sizes
  • high shock tolerance
  • near-silent operation

Specifications for the MHZ2 CJ Series

Storage Capacity (formatted)(*) 80 / 120 / 160 / 250 / 320 GB
Bytes/Sector 512
Seek Time Track to track 1.5 ms typ.
Average 10.5 ms typ. (Read), 12.5 ms typ. (Write)
Maximum 20.5 ms typ.
Average Latency 4.17 ms
Rotational Speed 7,200 RPM
Data Transfer to/from Host 300 MB/s (SATA 3.0Gb/s)
Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s
Encryption Type AES 256-bit
Buffer Size(*) 16 MB
Power Requirements Voltage 5 V ± 5%
Spin-up 1.1 A typ.
Read/Write 2.3 W typ.(3.0 Gb/s) / 2.1 W typ.(1.5Gb/s)
Idle 0.8 W typ. (w/ Slumber mode)
Standby 0.13 W typ. (w/ Slumber mode)
Sleep 0.13 W typ. (w/ Slumber mode)
Dimensions Height 9.5 mm (0.37 in.)
Width 70 mm (2.8 in.)
Depth 100 mm (3.9 in.)
Weight 115 g or less
Ambient Temperature Operating 5°C to 55°C (41°F to 131°F)
Non-operating -40°C to 65°C (-40°F to 149°F)
Gradient 20°C (68°F) / H or less
Relative Humidity Operating 8% to 90% RH (non-condensing)
Non-operating 5% to 95% RH (non-condensing)
Max wet bulb 29°C (Op.) / 40°C (Non Op.)
Vibration Operating 9.8 m/s² (1.0 G) (5 to 500 Hz)
Non-operating 49m/s² (5.0 G) (5 to 500 Hz)
Shock Operating 3,185 m/s² (325 G) 2ms
Non-operating 8,820 m/s² (900 G) 1ms
Altitude Operating -300 to 3,000 m (-1,000 to 10,000 ft.)
Non-operating -300 to 12,000 m (-1,000 to 40,000 ft.)
Acoustics Noise HDD Idle 2.5 bels (typ.)

“With the growing problem of data theft and misappropriation, the need for enhanced data security is now higher than ever. The MHZ2 CJ series of hard disk drives combine maximum data security features with high performance,” said Mr Loh Chong Shing, Regional Senior Vice President of Fujitsu Asia.

The MHZ2 CJ series of SATA HDDs will be available for the ASEAN (including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam) and India markets from end-May 2008. Visit or call 6512-7555 for more details.

  • [*] Fujitsu Asia Releases World’s First Hard Disk Drives with 256-bit AES Support

    1GB is equivalent to 1 billion bytes, or 1,000,000,000 bytes. Usable storage capacity is actually less than this figure. Actual storage capacity may vary depending on the environment and formatting of the customer's system. A small portion of buffer memory is used for firmware control.

About Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore in 1997 to provide leadership in business development, technology innovation and customer support as regional headquarters for the Fujitsu group of companies in Asia outside of Japan. Building on Fujitsu's three decades of experience in Singapore and the broader Asian region and with a pool of highly skilled engineering talent, Fujitsu Asia is dedicated to providing comprehensive integrated IT, telecommunications and networking solutions that deliver tangible business value and enable customers to meet the challenges of the new global economy. Fujitsu Asia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSW: 6702), a leader in customer-centric IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.
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Date: 21 April, 2008
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd