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Mass Storage Mezzanine Offers Fast Secure Erasure and Write Protection

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A mass storage mezzanine for securely erasing and write-protecting sensitive data in harsh environments such as those often found in military and defense applications is built on open standards-based platforms like CompactPCI, ATCA, VME and OpenVPX. The new, high-capacity Secure PMCDisk mezzanine from Elma Electronic Systems supports 10 major defense agency secure erasure procedures via a front panel push button with an LED indicator to confirm data erasure. It also enables write protection via a front panel toggle switch. 

Specific defense agency standards supported by the Secure PMCDisk include fast clear/initialize; clear; DoD NISPOM 5220.22-M and 5220.22-M-Sup 1; NSA/CSS Manuals 130-2 and 9-12; AR 380-19; NAVSO P-5239-26; AFSSI-5020; and IRIG 106-07.

The new RoHS-compliant Secure PMCDisk ships complete with a 2.5” solid state flash drive. Current capacities support up to 128 Gbytes. Software drivers are available for VxWorks, Linux and Windows. It can be used on any board with an IEEE1386.1-compliant PMC site, such as CompactPCI, VMEbus, OpenVPX, VXS and ATCA, replacing external hard drives or disk modules that require additional backplane slots or external connections.

The storage module supports SMART (self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology), which detects remaining useful drive life in order to avoid system failures that lead to catastrophic shutdowns, a key factor for applications requiring data safety. In addition, the SLC (single level cell) 2.5” SATA solid state storage device further increases data reliability and retention. The ruggedized mezzanine withstands shock to 1,500G at 0.5 ms half-sine and vibration to 16.4G rms (10 Hz to 2,000 Hz random). Pricing starts at $2,700 in low quantities. 

Elma Electronic Systems, Fremont, CA. (510) 490-7388. [www.elma.com].