Data security is a broad concern spanning many industries, including storage. Nearly all solid state drives (SSDs) today store data directly to flash memory without performing any encryption. Passwords typically protect these systems from would-be thieves, but in the hands of a skilled technician, the flash memory of an SSD can be accessed directly with a special “clip”. Some systems use software encryption to protect data stored on an SSD, but software encryption consumes valuable host resources and creates overhead that slows access to the SSD.

LSI® SandForce® flash controllers solve this problem by using dual automatic hardware encryption to protect the information it stores on flash and to prevent unauthorized access. Automatic hardware encryption transparently encrypts every piece of data written to the drive.The encryption is done inside the SSD without any dependence on the host system and without slowing down the data transfer.

LSI SandForce flash controllers are compliant with the TCG Opal specification making it easier for SSD manufacturers to achieve compatibility with security management applications. The result is simplified deployment and management of SandForce Driven® self-encrypting SSDs in corporate laptops.


Data Security Features
Hardware encryption of data stored in flash memory
  • SF-2000: dual encryption (AES-128 & AES-256)
  • SF3700: dual encryption (2x AES-256)
Standards Support Options
  • TCG Enterprise
  • TCG Opal
ATA Secure Erase
Optional Disk Password (during boot)
Fuse-based OTP (One Time Programming Memory) for Unique Master Key
Hardware Non-deterministic Random Number Generator