Notebook Computer Card provides external drive encryption.

Press Release Summary:

CipherChain ExpressCard allows notebook users to secure external hard drive/SSD with AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Designed to be installed into notebook's ExpressCard 34/54 slot, unit adds eSATA port that encrypts any external eSATA hard drive or SSD when Cipher key is inserted. Port can also provide USB power to operate low power devices. Multiple keys are available with same key codes and card can also be set to operate in non-encryption mode.

Original Press Release:

Get Full Disk, External Hard Drive Encryption with Addonics CipherChain ExpressCard

SAN JOSE, CA - Addonics Technologies ( today announced the CipherChain ExpressCard, which uses a "Cipher" key to provide notebook computer users with the ability to secure their external hard drive/SSD with bullet proof encryption.

Designed to be installed into a notebook's ExpressCard 34/54 slot, the CipherChain ExpressCard instantly adds an eSATA port with AES 256-bit hardware encryption capability. The eSATA port is a hybrid port so it can provide USB power to operate low power devices.

The eSATA port encrypts any external eSATA hard drive or SSD with the simple insertion of the Cipher key. There is no software to run or password to remember. Built on a certified AES 256-bit crypto engine (NIST & CSE certified), the CipherChain ExpressCard ensures superior read/write speed with no noticeable performance impact on the external storage.

The CipherChain ExpressCard secures the external storage with full disk encryption. This means that if your external storage device is ever stolen and connected to any computer, the device will appear as a blank drive with no trace of data. Its AES 256-bit encryption is the highest level - secure enough to protect classified information designated as "Top Secret".

As long as you have the Cipher key, you can access the encrypted hard drive on another notebook equipped with the CipherChain ExpressCard or a desktop system equipped with the Addonics CipherChain. You can also share the same encryption key to operate on a storage device that has been encrypted by other Addonics' drive kits. Multiple keys are available with the same key codes.

The CipherChain Expresscard can also operate in non-encryption mode by setting the encryption button to OFF position. This provides the flexibility to connect encrypted or non-encrypted eSATA storage devices to your notebook.

Suggested retail price is $89

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Addonics products are available through the company online store, major catalog companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including, PC Connection, CDW,,, Insight, and Ingram Micro.

About Addonics

Addonics Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of external and mobile storage products. Addonics is headquartered at 1918 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95131. Phone: 408-573-8580.

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