SF-2000 SSD Controller Encryption Issues

CheeseMan42 - June 12, 2012 02:52PM in Storage / Hard Drives

Kingston Digital Inc. has released a statement regarding the SF-2000 controller used in the SSDNow V+200 and KC100 solid state drives and the encryption feature found on the drives. The drives have an advertised "self encrypting" feature that promises 256-bit AES encryption, but Kingston partner LSI has found that the controller only performs 128-bit AES encryption. Customer feedback indicates that most users don't take advantage of the encryption features of the drive, and Kingston is working with LSI to correct the issue. Until it is fixed Kingston will market the drive as featuring 128-bit encryption instead of 256-bit encryption. This issue is not confined to Kingston drives, but to any drive that uses the SF-2000 controller.