Mercury Systems Debuts Defense Industry’s First Secure Solid-State Drive Featuring MLC Flash Technology

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ANDOVER, Mass., Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRCY) () announced the launch of its new BuiltSECURE TRRUST-Stor solid-state drive (SSD) featuring high-speed serial ATA and non-volatile memory express interfaces to a host computing system. The new secure SSD product marries one terabyte of industrial-grade multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash with Mercury’s exclusive ARMOR 4 NAND processor. With a compact, military-hardened 2.5-inch form factor enclosure, Mercury’s new design architecture sustains 1GB per second read and write operations in environmentally rugged military applications without sacrificing security.

State-of-the-art defense electronics incorporate numerous sensor systems for real-time data collection. As more of these sensor systems are deployed in military platforms, each system is also tasked with storing larger volumes of data per unit of time. These rich data streams must be stored for off-line analysis where the smallest signals of military interest must be discerned. However, continuous high-speed operation in thermally and mechanically stressful military environments places a tremendous demand on data storage devices to operate without interruption for extended periods of time. Further complicating this scenario, these systems also require the strongest encryption technology to ensure robust data protection in the event of enemy capture.  

“Having perfected the implementation of security in a commercial SSD purpose-built for the defense industry, we have now expanded the breadth of our secure SSD portfolio to address applications appropriate for MLC flash memory technology without compromising the integrity of highly valuable data,” said Iain Mackie, Vice President and General Manager of Mercury’s Microelectronics Secure Solutions group. “Today, defense prime contractors and our nation’s warfighters can leverage our most affordable, battle-tested BuiltSECURE technology for their most sophisticated defense electronics systems.”

Conventional SSD devices, with bolt-on security solutions adapted for military applications, rely upon commercial-grade NAND flash memory paired with mass-produced SSD controllers of foreign origin. Upon exposure to the extremes in temperature common to military environments, these devices throttle down data transfer rates, thus compromising mission success. In contrast, Mercury’s new secure SSD for heavy-duty read/write operation is precision engineered to deliver sustainable, high-speed data transfers over an industrial temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, Mercury’s new product was designed to operate during the extreme mechanical shock and vibration conditions encountered in military deployments. As with all of Mercury’s commercial SSD devices, customers selecting the new TRRUST-Stor product can rest assured that its BuiltSECURE technology has received FIPS 197 certification of compliance to the advanced encryption standard with 256 bit keys in the XTS block cipher mode (AES-256 XTS).

Mercury’s resolute commitment to security extends far beyond product design and into the cadence of its daily operations. The Company’s entire portfolio of advanced digital microelectronic solutions are designed and manufactured in a Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)-accredited facility for design, packaging, test and broker services. Mercury’s dedication to excellence in all aspects of industrial security has been recognized with several of its facilities having received a Superior rating from the Defense Security Service (DSS).

Mercury’s application engineering team routinely demystifies the implementation of security for the most complex military applications. For application assistance, additional product information or purchase inquiries, customers can visit or contact Mercury at or (866) 627-6951.

Mercury Systems, Innovation That Matters, BuiltSECURE, TRRUST-Stor, and ARMOR are trademarks of Mercury Systems, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Globe Newswire: 21:15 GMT Tuesday 13th February 2018

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