"Yes, it actually smokes sometimes when you push the button," Rutt said. "People like that."
The drives also come with 256-bit AES encryption and SageMicro is hopeful it will soon receive its FIPS 140-2 certification, which would make them compliant for use with government applications.
SageMicro is not the first Chinese state-backed company to attempt to make inroads into the U.S. data storage market. China's Tsinghua Holdings, for example, plans to buy a 15% stake in U.S.-based Western Digital.
To date, SageMicro has seen little in terms of U.S. sales. It's been focused on selling to the Chinese government and military.
SageMicro believes its highly dense drives will enable it to sell double whatever competitors have.
"So when...you're able to buy a 5 or 6 or 8TB drive from Samsung, we'll be putting out 20TB drives in the same package," Rutt said.
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