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PMC Delivers SAS/SATA Controller-Based Encryption Solutions for Securing Cloud Storage

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 24, 2011 – PMC-Sierra, Inc., (Nasdaq:PMCS) or PMC, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced the Tachyon® SPCve 6Gb/s SAS/SATA protocol controllers with integrated StorClad™ encryption technology. The virtualized nature of cloud data centers make securing corporate, financial and sensitive data paramount. Until now, data security was a network add-on, which made scalability, data encryption and key management difficult and expensive. PMC’s SPCve controllers integrate line-rate data encryption into the existing data flow, providing a central, scalable and cost-effective means to secure and manage stored data. In addition, the controller-based encryption architecture is agnostic to drive type or vendor, allowing OEMs and cloud providers to mix and match HDDs and SSDs, and to encrypt their deployed storage infrastructure.

“As 6Gb/s SAS/SATA controllers are broadly deployed in both server and external storage architectures, adding encryption to the SAS/SATA I/O path is a practical and cost-effective approach to securing data,” said Benjamin S. Woo, program vice president, worldwide storage systems research, IDC. “Regardless of whether it’s regulation or shared storage models driving the need for data security, it’s becoming essential to protect sensitive content from security breaches.”

PMC’s SPCve controller family includes the eight-port PM8009 8x6G and the 16-port PM8019 16x6G. The SPCve architecture is scalable to support thousands of HDDs or SSDs and can flexibly encrypt at the Logical Unit Number (LUN), application or I/O level. A single controller can support more than 1 million encryption keys, enabling a broad range of deployment models. The SPCve controllers incorporate in-line encryption engines, PCI Express® 3.0 and a high-performance architecture to achieve up to 6GB/s of encrypted data throughput.

“Legacy solutions for securing data-at-rest with encryption, including expensive appliances, performance-limited software and premium-priced self-encrypting HDDs, are complex and expensive,” said Derek Dicker, vice president of marketing for PMC’s Enterprise Storage Division. “Integrating StorClad technology into PMC’s SAS/SATA controller family builds on our field-proven Fibre Channel encryption solutions, and gives OEMs and cloud storage providers a path to deliver high-performance data security in next-generation storage systems, while maintaining their existing SAS software drivers and infrastructure.”

The SPCve controllers are IEEE 1619 standards compliant, combining advanced data encryption engines and 256-bit AES-XTS keys to meet the most demanding application needs for securing data in enterprise and cloud computing environments. Key server providers can utilize Tachyon’s StorClad architecture API to enable key management support. PMC’s solution is compliant with the FIPS 140-2 standard, a strict United States government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules.

Advanced security features include:

  • FIPS/NIST-certifiable ECB-AES encryption mode;
  • NIST recommended AES Key Wrap engines for each port;
  • Data parity protection across cryptographic boundaries;
  • Internal Data Encryption Key (DEK) cache;
  • 256-bit encryption keys; and
  • External key management interface and API.

Tachyon SAS Compatibility
The SPCve architecture is compatible with prior generations of Tachyon SAS controllers, providing a common API that preserves existing software drivers and test infrastructure.

The SPCve controllers are available now to select partners. For more information, including datasheets and pricing, visit or contact PMC at

About PMC Storage Products
PMC is a leading provider of enterprise storage system solutions for networked (SAN/NAS) and server storage applications, with a broad portfolio SAS/SATA and Fibre Channel protocol controllers, RAID controllers and SAS and FC disk interconnect products. PMC’s Tachyon protocol controllers, Fibre Channel loop switches, enclosure management controllers and maxSAS™ expander switches and multiplexers provide the industry’s most comprehensive solution for enterprise-class storage systems. Together, these products provide end-to-end semiconductor and software solutions to the industry’s leading storage OEMs and ODMs. For more information, visit

About PMC
PMC (Nasdaq:PMCS) is the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store digital content. Building on a track record of technology leadership, we are driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. Our highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. For more information, visit


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