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Ensure data security with FIPS 140-2 verified SQFlash SSD industry
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How does Advantech storage and memory improve security?
  • Security

    The TCG-OPAL compliant design endows Advantech’s SQFlash product series with comprehensive security management utilities.

  • Reliability

    Different levels of endurance suit diverse design needs — including read-intensive to write-intensive applications.

  • Longevity

    Guaranteed frozen-BOM longevity avoids issues caused by sudden design changes.

FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standard) Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules

Advantech’s SQFlash SSD security design is verified by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of US government. These solutions meet FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Level 2 certifications. By leveraging rigorous line-by-line review processes, the design of SQFlash meets clearly defined security standards aimed at minimizing data leakage risks and protecting user data.

Multi-user authentication to enhance data security
Advantech’s FIPS 140-2 certificated SQFlash solutions features excellent multi-user authentication for improved security. SQFlash helps safeguard sensitive end-user data.
A rigorous testing process to guarantee SSD operation reliability
Each SSD has passed in-house production screening which guarantee industrial grade stability and reliable 24/7 operation. These solutions provide by 3 ~ 5 year extended longevity support.
Physical tamper-proof protection
Security is at the heart of our designs. Advantech’s SQFlash features tamper-proof mechanisms that prevent hackers from stealing valuable information.
  • Tamper-proof design
    30µ Gold Finger
    With the 30µ gold plating, the connector interface is more reliable and can withstand the potential damages in industrial applications
The software utility enables remote SSD monitoring and management at any time from any location.
  • Check the SQFlash real-time capacity, lifespan and performance. Experience the beneficial features of DeviceOn/SQ Manager now:
  • How to review SQFlash detailed info on the dashboard
    Unbox the SQFlash with FIPS certification
SSD solution with FIPS certification
  • SQFF-S25 840F
    • SATA 2.5 ” SSD with FIPS certifications
    • Compliant with SATA III and SATA v3.2 standards
    • Supports AES256 and OPAL
    • Supports LDPC with RAID ECC
    • DeviceOn/SQ Cloud Manager and SMART tool
  • SQF-SM8 840F
    • SATA M.2 2280 (B+M Key) with FIPS certifications
    • Compliant with SATA III and SATA v3.2 standards
    • Supports AES256 and OPAL
    • Supports LDPC with RAID ECC
    • DeviceOn/SQ Cloud Manager and SMART tool
  • SQF-CM8 920F
    • PCIe/NVMe M.2 2280 (M Key) with FIPS certifications
    • Compliant with CPIe Gen. III x4 interface and NVMe 1.3
    • Supports AES256 and OPAL
    • Supports LDPC with RAID ECC
    • DeviceOn/SQ Cloud Manager and SMART tool
Memory solution for industrial grade verification
  • SQR-SD4N
    • SODIMM 260pin
    • DDR4 2666MHz
    • 2G/4G/8G/16G/32GB
    • Temperature: 0~85°C
    • DeviceOn/SQRAM Manager tool
  • SQR-UD4N
    • SODIMM 288pin
    • DDR4 2666MHz
    • 2G/4G/8G/16G/32GB
    • Temperature: 0~85°C
    • DeviceOn/SQRAM Manager tool
  • SQR-SD4(E)
    • SODIMM 260pin
    • DDR4 2666MHz
    • 4G/8G/16G/32GB
    • Temperature: 0~85°C
    • DeviceOn/SQRAM Manager tool
Focus sectors
US government certified technology to increase and augment security.
  • Healthcare Applications
    • Excellent protection for patient information and biometric data
    • Reliably transmits pathology data
  • Government Applications
    • Data storage and protection
    • User authority management
  • Financial industry
    Encrypts financial data to prevent data loss and outflow.
  • Infrastructure
    Avoids equipment intrusion and theft of important data.
How special is FIPS 140-2 certified SQFlash SSD ?
  • Normal SSD
    SQF SSD FIPS 140-2 certified
  • Digital code-sign
  • Boot self-test
    No power-on self-test
    Comprehensive cryptographic related hardware engines power-on self-test
  • External protection
    No tamper-evidence mechanism protection
    Tamper-proof protection mechanism (using epoxy resin or seals/labels)
Product spec
  • SQFlash Model
    SQF-SM8 840F
  • Capacity
    128GB ~ 2TB
  • Transfer Mode
    SATA 3.0, Up to 6Gb/s
  • Sustained R/W Performance (*)
    Up to 550 / 530 (MB/sec)
  • Dimensions (mm/in)
    80.8 x 22 x 3.8 mm (3.18 x .86 x .149 in)
  • Operating Temperature
    0 ~ 70 ℃ (32 ~ 158 °F)
  • 1.What Is FIPS 140-2?
    FIPS is the Federal Information Processing Standard, a suite of several documented standards that specify how electronic information shall be stored, processed and protected within the framework of government-operated information and computing systems. The FIPS documents are managed jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) of Canada. In the U.S., the publications exist under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
    Specifically, the FIPS 140-2 publication describes requirements for design, implementation and testing of “cryptographic modules.” FIPS 140-2 describes approved encryption algorithms, requirements to secure and attest to the authenticity of SSD firmware, requirements to authenticate user identities with regard to their role or identity, and the creation, management and protection of encryption keys and passcodes. FIPS 140-2 also describes how a storage device must interact with other components of a compute or data storage system. Many of the requirements for TCG Security Subsystem Class (SSC) Opal and SSC Enterprise are incorporated into the FIPS requirement, so TCG drives are often the first step toward FIPS validation.
  • 2.What Is Meant by a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validation?
    FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validation is typical for data storage devices. Advantech SQFF840 and SQFF920 SSD have met Level 2 requirements. The FIPS 140-2 Level 2 requirements help ensure that the SSD encryption algorithms follow predefined and accepted standards. FIPS 140-2 describes role-based user authentication, boot time firmware identity attestation, and provisions for tamper-evident seals or labels. For more details, please refer to the Advantech’s SQFF series product sheet

    Within the framework of FIPS 140-2, there are four levels, with cumulative requirements:
    Level 1: Certification of encryption engine and associated firmware
    Level 2: Tamper-evident seals to protect access; role-based authentication requirements
    Level 3: Tamper-resistant casing (tamper response may include zeroing of all critical security parameters [CSP]); identity-based authentication requirements
    Level 4: Robust tamper resistance and intrusion response; compulsory zeroing of CSPs on intrusion detection; hardened casing for unanticipated environmental conditions
  • 3.Is There a Site That Lists FIPS 140-2 Validated SEDs?
  • 4.Is FIPS 140-2 Required By My Application?
    Previously, actual policy requirements for FIPS 140-2 validated SEDs are limited to government owned or government-controlled compute and data storage systems, mostly within the U.S. and Canada. However, many private firms in healthcare, financial services and other industries that manage sensitive or confidential data are finding it beneficial to add FIPS 140-2 validated data storage devices to their system requirements as an added and documented way to ensure compliance with federal regulations on data security and customer privacy.
  • 5.Is There a FIPS 140-3?
    FIPS 140-3 was published on March 22, 2019, and will start to take certification applications from Q4, 2021. Advantech is working closely with the certification lab to acquire up-to-date application information and plan FIPS 140-3 certification for next generation SSD products.
Verification of compliance
  • 1 Using copper pillars and screws to mount the module onto PCB
  • 2 Sidefill
  • 3 Anti-Sulfuration wide temperature
  • 4 Conformal coating
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  • 1 Using copper pillars and screws to mount the module onto PCB
  • 2 Sidefill
  • 3 Anti-Sulfuration wide temperature
  • 4 Conformal coating

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