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Editor:- February 19, 2015 - Waitan has launched a 2.5" SATA SSD with 4TB capacity with special security options to protect and purge data if the SSD gets into the wrong hands - the StellaHunter.
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my first impression of Waitan's rugged SSDs

by Zsolt Kerekes - editor,
The first time I read about Waitan's secure SSDs - the thing which grabbed my attention as being different was their management options for fast secure erase / purge.

Everyone in the market does fast / secure erase (that's almost a mandatory security requirement for this class of rugged SSD) and since 2009 several SSD companies have introduced various types of autonomous data destruction mode of operation which have been initiated by a remote signal (or the lack of it).

The problem with such autonomous self destruct schemes in those earlier pioneering products was they were single mode initiated triggers which were vulnerable to false positives. And that's why they never became mainstream.

When I read these words in Waitan's press release...

"the remote controlled secure erase and self-destruction function can be executed via satellite communications, cellular communications, Wi-Fi communications, or combinations of 2 or more of these methods..."

I recognized that some thought had gone into the usability aspects of this function.

Aha! - I thought. There may be much more to this company even though they are a news company which I haven't heard of before.

You'l find some of what I found in my profile page for Waitan, and more on their web site and much more by talking to them.
description / overview of StellaHunter SSDs
The StellaHunter series rugged SSDs are based on Waitan's proprietary military grade NAND flash management algorithms and Waitan designed ASIC based SSD controller.

Features include AES-256 bit hardware based on-the-fly encryption, on-board UPS, and ATA command based military secure erase methods.

Capacity is up to 4TB (April 2015) in 2.5" SATA 3 (6.0 Gbps) form factor.

Operating temperatures supported
  • -40 to +85°C - in high capacity MLC models with upto 510MB/s R/W
  • -40 to +95°C - in high capacity SLC models with upto 510MB/s R/W
  • -55 to +125°C - is also offered in lower speed R/W models
Form factors supported
  • 2.5", 1.8", half slim ( MO-297A), mSATA ( MO-300B), M.2, NVMe 8639, CompactFlash, and 3.5"
Interfaces supported

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