Kingston sent out a press release earlier today, announcing the release of its first FIPS-validated USB flash drive, the DataTraveler BlackBox. Offering the ultimate in data protection, the BlackBox features an automated self-test routine to verify its encryption architecture, 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption and a security function that will lock down and reformat a drive after 10 intrusion attempts.

Kingston TechnologyCompany, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, todayannounced the release of its first Federal Information Processing Standard(FIPS)-validated USB Flash drive, the DataTraveler(R) BlackBox, shippingimmediately in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities...

...The FIPS Level 2 standard requires the DT BlackBox to run a power-onself test which verifies that the encryption architecture is functioningeach time it is plugged into a USB port. Beyond the NIST certification, theDataTraveler BlackBox features 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption via adedicated processor which automatically encrypts and decrypts data on thefly. The drive automatically locks down after ten consecutive failedpassword attempts, thus helping to prevent unauthorized access if the driveis lost, stolen or misplaced.
The DataTraveler BlackBox is available now in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. More information, including prices, can be found here.