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Fujitsu Asia Launches World’s First 2.5-inch 500GB SATA Hard Disk Drives with 256-bit AES Encryption

MJA2 CH series of HDDs available for ASEAN and India from Q1 2009

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

Singapore, November 12, 2008

Leading regional IT and communications solutions provider Fujitsu Asia today announced the MJA2 CH series of Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard disk drives (HDDs) for the ASEAN and India markets.

The series is the world’s first 500-gigabyte (GB) HDD line 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 MJA2 CH series can be securely erased in less than one second, offering significant time savings when formatting HDDs for reuse or disposal.

Developed in line with Fujitsu’s Green Policy Innovation program to promote energy-efficient IT products and services, the MJA2 CH series sets new industry benchmarks for energy efficiency and environmental conservation. The HDDs require only 1.4 watts of power to perform write operations, compared to 2.1 watts or more for earlier Fujitsu HDDs. The series is also Fujitsu’s first halogen-free HDD line, making it an environmentally-friendly product range throughout its entire lifecycle.

“With the growing problem of data theft and misappropriation, the need for enhanced data security is now higher than ever. As climate change and environmental conservation emerge at the forefront of the global agenda, eco-friendly IT products will receive greater attention from end-users. The MJA2 CH series of hard disk drives addresses both concerns by combining superior data security features with environmentally-friendly characteristics,” said Mr Loh Chong Shing, Regional Senior Vice President of Fujitsu Asia.

The MJA2 CH series is designed with a 2.5-inch form factor and a spindle speed of 5,400 revolutions per minute (rpm). The HDDs offer a maximum data throughput rate of 3 gigabits per second (Gbps), as well as average read and write times of 12 milliseconds (ms) and 14ms respectively. Other product features include:

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

The AES support, high storage capacity, low power consumption and compact form factor make the series ideal for applications such as:

  • high-end desktops
  • notebook PCs
  • video-editing or other multimedia applications

Specifications for the MJA2 CH Series

Encryption AES 256-bit
Capacity Maximum 500GB
Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s (ATA-8, Serial ATA 2.6)
Rotational speed 5,400rpm
Avg seek time (typ) 12ms (read) 14ms (write)
Data transfer rate Maximum 300MB/s
Buffer size 8MB
Shock resistance, during operation 350G (2ms)
Shock resistance, non-operating 900 G (1 ms)
Voltage +5V ± 5%
Power consumption
Read/write (typ)
Idle (typ)
Standby (typ)

1.4W (3.0Gb/s) / 1.3W (1.5Gb/s)
0.60W (in slumber mode)
0.13 W (in slumber mode)
Noise at idle (typ.) 2.4 bels
Dimensions (H x W x L) 9.5x70x100mm
Weight 101g or less

The MJA2 CH series of SATA HDDs will be available for the ASEAN (including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam) and India markets from Q1 2009. Visit or call 6512-7555 for more details.

Separately, the MJA2 BH series of SATA HDDs from Fujitsu Asia – similar to the MJA2 CH series but without the AES support – will be available for ASEAN and India beginning next month.

* 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: 12 November, 2008
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd