Kingston Introduces USB Type C IronKey Keypad 200C

Kingston has today launched its new IronKey Keypad 200C, a hardware-encrypted USB Type-C drive to ensure security and convenience at your fingertips.

IronKey Keypad 200C

This new IronKey Keypad 200C drive from Kingston is a secure USB-C drive with a keypad offering FIPS 140-3 Level 3 (pending) certified military-grade security. It uses XTS-AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption with Brute Force password attack protection and BadUSB protection using digitally signed firmware. Users can set the drive up with an alphanumeric pin for both Admin or User accounts. This drive is available in sizes of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models offering speeds of up to 280MB/s read and 200MB/s write through USB 3.2 Gen 1.

Features & Specifications

  • FIPS 140-3 Level 3 (Pending) Certified: KP200 now meets the new FIPS 140-3 Level 3 military-grade security specifications published by NIST; it has completed certification lab testing and is in the review cycle for final approval by NIST. This is an enhanced version of the FIPS 140-2 Level 3 specifications that further enhances the drive’s security capabilities and tamper resistance. It includes XTS-AES 256-bit encryption along with Brute Force and BadUSB attack protection with digitally signed firmware. Its circuitry is covered by a layer of special epoxy that makes it virtually impossible to remove components without damaging them; this tough epoxy stops attacks against the semiconductor components. 
  • OS- and Device-Independent: With KP200 utilising a rechargeable battery, the keypad can be used to unlock the drive without using any software, and then plug it into any system that supports a USB Type-C mass storage device. This gives users the most flexibility across different platform types and operating systems.  
  • Multi-PIN Option: Users have the option to set up a User or an Admin/User mode. Admin can be used to restore a User PIN and provide access to the drive should the User PIN be forgotten or if the drive is locked after reaching the maximum of 10 User login attempts.  
  • Global and Session Read-Only (Write Protect) Modes: Both Admin and User can set a session-based Read-Only mode to protect the drive from malware on untrusted systems. Admin can also set a Global Read-Only mode that sets the drive in Read-Only mode until reset. 
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1 
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 
  • Connector: Type-C 
  • Speed:  
    • USB 3.2 Gen 1 8GB – 32GB: 145MB/s read, 115MB/s write  64GB – 256GB: 280MB/s read, 200MB/s write 
    • USB 2.0 8GB: 30MB/s read, 12MB/s write 16GB – 256GB: 30MB/s read, 20MB/s write 
  • Dimensions (drive with sleeve): 80mm x 20mm x 11mm 
  • Dimensions (drive without sleeve): 74mm x 18mm x 8mm 
  • Security Certifications: FIPS 140-3 Level 3 (Pending) 
  • Waterproof/Dustproof: Certified to IP57 rating 
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 50°C 
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C to 60°C 
  • Compatibility: USB 3.0/USB 3.1/USB 3.2 Gen 1 
  • Minimum System Requirements: USB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible 
  • Warranty/Support: Limited 3-year warranty, free technical support 
  • Compatible with: OS-independent: Microsoft Windows®, macOS®, Linux®, ChromeOS™, Android™5 or any system that supports a USB mass storage device. 

Where Can I Learn More?

To learn more about the IronKey Keypad 200C, visit

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