As SSDs become more popular for storing sensitive data, there is a growing need for strong data
encryption to mitigate the risk of data loss. Apacer brings hardware-based full drive encryption capability
in the form of Opal Security Subsystem Class, to solid state drives with our self-encrypting drives (SEDs). Self-encrypting drives automatically encrypt data without any user interaction, and therefore, have an
enormous and positive impact on the protection of sensitive and confidential information in the event that
a data breach should occur.
Opal is a set of specifications developed for self-encrypting drives (SEDs) which
is a special form of full drive encryption (FDE) that is always hardware-based. An SED has a hardware
based encryption engine on board, often integrated into the drive’s controller. It boasts better
performance, security, and manageability compared to software-based FDE implementations, which
commonly suffer performance degradation as a result of the encryption overhead.
TCG Opal Main Features:
1. Self-encrypting devices
2. Pre-boot authentication
3. LBA-specific permissions
Storage devices compliant with the TCG Opal standards provide the advantages over software-based
encryption in terms of performance, security, and management. With the implementation of hardware
encryption, users can benefit from better performance. There is no burden on the host system and no
extra host encryption elements required because all security functions take place within the device itself. Furthermore, hardware-based security can more effectively restrict access from the outside. Apacer has stepped in with TCG Opal-compliant SSDs as the demand for more invincible data security solutions
gives self-encrypting drives (SEDs) a strong foothold in the industrial SSD market.
Apacer TCG Opal-compliant SSDs for data security solutions will be available in 2.5"/M.2 2242/ mSATA/Mo-297 form factor and coming soon in 2018.