ST Electronics is showing off a new drive case at CES, the DigiSAFE DiskCrypt Mobile DCM200, that's been touted as the world's first USB 2.0 external enclosure with smartcard protection. The drive offers "2-Factor" protection, requiring users to insert a smartcard and then enter a PIN before they can get at the hardware-encrypted data. Since everything is done by the hardware of the enclosure, the DCM200 is completely OS-independent and requires zero software installation on the host machine. The units will start shipping March 2008 for about
ST Electronics clarified with us that this price is actually $99, not $999 -- that's quite the relief!