About a month and a half ago, Seagate officially unveiled its 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 3.5" hard drive. The drive squeezes a terabyte of capacity onto four platters that spin at 7,200RPM, all complemented by a hefty 32MB buffer. Seagate has now announced a new 1TB Barracuda hard drive, this time featuring the encryption technology it introduced with its Momentus 5400.2 FDE mobile hard drive over a year ago.
According to Seagate, the Barracuda FDE series will be the world's first 3.5" hard drive lineup to feature native AES encryption technology. In systems powered by the drive, logging on "requires a pre-boot user password that can be buttressed with other layers of authentication such as smart cards and biometrics." Barracuda FDE drives will have 7,200-RPM spindle speeds and will launch in 2008 with capacities up to 1TB.
In addition to its terabyte FDE disk, Seagate also intends to roll out new Momentus 5400.4 2.5" mobile hard drives. Those drives won't have encryption functionality, but they'll combine capacities of up to 250GB with 5,400-RPM spindle speed and 300MB/s Serial ATA interfaces.