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LSI(R) SandForce(R) Flash Storage Processors Simplify Data Security For Corporate Mobile Computing

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- COMPUTEX 2013 -- LSI Corporation (Nasdaq:LSI) today announced that LSI ® 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 specification 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 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. [1]

"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 self-encrypting drives (SEDs) are slowing even wider adoption.

LSI SandForce FSPs automatically encrypt data-at-rest on SSDs used in laptops and other corporate mobile computing platforms with the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256). Together with TCG Opal compliance, LSI SandForce 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.

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