Microsemi, a provider of semiconductor medical solutions, has obtained National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certification for its advanced encryption standard (AES) algorithm.

The AES algorithm, which is designed for critical data storage, is built on an ultra-secure TRRUST-Stor solid state drive, according to Microsemi.

The drive, which is now available with ruggedized SATA connectors, has hardware-implemented AES encryption with a 256-bit key using the XTS block cipher mode.

Microsemi vice president and general manager Charlie Leader said, "Microsemi’s TRRUST-Stor solid state drive products deliver outstanding security, reliability, performance and value to our Department of Defense, government and industrial customers, and illustrates our continued commitment to providing highly integrated and secure solutions for protecting our customers’ critical data needs."

Microsemi strategic development vice president and assistant general manager BJ Heggli said that NIST certification for the complex encryption technology ensures that it has been implemented correctly in the company’s TRRUST-Stor SDD.

"As a result, we can provide our customers with an added level of assurance that their highly sensitive data is safely stored," Heggli added.