Author Archives: Delkin Industrial

How Is Industrial microSD Used in Clinical Diagnostics Applications?

  Clinical diagnostics are critical to meeting patient needs. Without the appropriate diagnostics, providers will not be able to establish an effective treatment plan and manage patient care. Diagnostics involve managing a large amount of data accurately and may also call for the storage of large image files. For these reasons, it is essential that all devices that are used for diagnostics have an adequate embedded storage system. This is why industrial microSD cards are so frequently used in clinical Read More...

SSD NAND Flash- Wear Leveling and Maximizing SSD Life

  This paper will describe NAND Flash life as used in Solid State Storage Devices.   SOLID STATE STORAGE These Devices consist of Disk Drives, Compact Flash Cards, SD/MMC cards, USB sticks and custom storage modules. Aside from differing host interfaces, all these devices share common items: Multiple NAND Flash devices NAND Flash Controller with Firmware Support Circuitry     NAND FLASH CONTROLLER These are ASIC devices generally containing, at a minimum: CPU with ROM BIOS Ram Memory Flash Bus Interface (single or multiple channel) Application specific host interface (USB, SATA, PATA, PCI Express, SD, Read More...

Technical Success Story: SMART Technology Helped Customer Manage Constant P/E Cycles

  OEMs often find themselves in a situation in which they need to balance price and reliability. In some cases, using an industrial grade SLC flash memory card may not be the appropriate option for a low-cost application. However, does this mean that failures are just to be expected when using consumer grade flash storage in applications with constant P/E cycles? Delkin helped a customer facing this question find a solution.   Customer Story This customer was used to experiencing SD card failure Read More...

SSD Wear Leveling Count Explained

  Solid-state drives (SSDs) that have flash memory have a finite lifespan. The length of time that an SSD will last depends on several different factors, including the grade of the flash that is used. SLC, or single-level cell, flash memory has the longest lifespan, followed by MLC (multi-level cell) flash. Only write operations contribute to the reduction in available program cycles. Read operations do not affect the lifespan of the device.   Although SSDs have long lives, it is still important Read More...

Aerospace Applications Embedded Systems

  There is a long list of aerospace applications embedded systems, and the list is consistently getting longer. Some aircraft have embedded systems at work from tip to tail, while others are using embedded systems in very specific ways. In each case, no matter how the aerospace applications embedded systems are being used, they have to be designed to withstand extreme conditions without any kind of loss of function. Some embedded systems perform critical functions that are responsible for passenger Read More...

FAQs about Embedded Products

  Embedded products play a central role in commercial and industrial applications in a large number of industries. From planes with in-flight entertainment systems to machinery in production plants, embedded products are everywhere. However, many people don’t understand what exactly embedded products are or how they are used. Here are the answers to some common questions about embedded products.   What exactly is an embedded product? Embedded products refer to embedded systems. These systems are incorporated into larger operating systems. They perform specific Read More...

Flash Memory in Industrial Applications

  Industrial applications require the highest available levels of data security and memory operations. Because these applications are often on the front lines of critical systems in industries as diverse as healthcare and aerospace, there is no room for error or unpredictability. For most designers and engineers, the choice is clear: flash memory. Flash memory has replaced hard disk drive-based memory in most consumer and industrial applications for many reasons, but when it is used for industrial purposes, the flash Read More...

Understanding Product Reliability Specification and Performance Factors

  When it comes to products that contain flash memory, a concern that is often present in the minds of OEMs and engineers is the reliability of the memory and its ability to meet certain product reliability specifications of the host device. There were initial concerns about NAND flash when it was introduced to the market, but it has since been recognized and embraced across industrial and consumer markets alike for its high performance and superior reliability. Here is what Read More...

Finding the Right Automotive Memory Solution

  Embedded memory solutions are gaining in importance in the automotive industry. As cars become increasingly advanced and reliant on technology, embedded memory is becoming more and more critical to ensuring that all of the internal components function as expected—all within a constrained space and rugged operating conditions. For this reason, industrial embedded memory cards are playing a central role in auto innovation, and a reliable memory solution is becoming as key to a quality automobile as horsepower. Take a Read More...

Facts about Flash Memory Durability

  From flash drives to embedded flash storage, one of the leading questions that people have when they consider using flash memory is how long it will last. Flash memory durability used to be a major concern, but endurance has increased dramatically in recent years and continues to improve. In terms of durability, flash memory outperforms many other solutions—and when combined with the other benefits of flash memory, it is the clear winner for many commercial and industrial devices. These Read More...

Rugged USB Drives Explained

  USB drives are among the most widely used and recognized storage devices on the market. They allow consumers and industrial users alike to have powerful, portable storage that is universally compatible. For industrial users, however, it’s important to choose the right kind of USB drive. Many industrial applications rely on embedded storage for its ruggedness, but rugged USB drives are also available. For users who need a rugged USB drive, industrial grade products are essential. If you are in Read More...

Answering Questions about Compact Flash Memory Cards

  Compact Flash memory cards, also called CompactFlash, have a long history of providing reliable storage for both consumer and industrial markets. The format was first introduced in 1994 to provide an option for storage that was small in size and easy to integrate. Since their introduction, CompactFlash memory cards have undergone a series of redesigns in order to keep up with changing technologies. The standards are set by the CompactFlash Association, or CFA, so that everyone who buys the Read More...

Power Applications Embedded Systems: What You Need to Know

  Embedded systems used in power applications cannot risk being unreliable. Whether the power supply is for a specific building or device, or provides power to an entire community, failure can have significant implications. For this reason, when it comes to power applications and embedded systems, choosing a solution that is appropriately reliable matters. Most power suppliers depend on industrial grade embedded systems to deliver the reliability in rugged operating conditions that they need. This is the information that everyone Read More...

Understanding Industrial Embedded Systems

  Industrial embedded systems are used in a variety of critical devices and applications. They can be used for booting, machine control, and memory. Because these embedded systems are industrial grade, they are designed to tolerate the extreme operating conditions of industrial environments. You can find them in everything from machines in manufacturing settings to airplanes and medical devices. The following information will help you gain a better understanding of embedded systems.   What exactly is an industrial embedded system? Embedded systems feature Read More...

Answering Questions On Embedded Multi-Media Controller, or eMMC

  Embedded multi-media controller, or eMMC, is a simple, low-power storage solution that contains three components in one. Although eMMC is largely the domain of smartphones and lower-end laptops, many industrial users also rely on it for storage of their application software or operating system, or to log key data. When designed in an industrial grade format, eMMC features the extended temperature ranges you would expect from storage that is used in demanding operating conditions. As OEMs and engineers consider Read More...

Features of 128GB mSATA

  If you need a solid state drive (SSD) with a small form factor, then mSATA could be the solution for you. This mini version of the popular SATA SSD is designed for use in devices in which space is at a premium, such as netbooks and tablets. With a 128GB mSATA, you don’t have to compromise storage capacity simply because you need a smaller form factor. Instead, mSATA meets the growing need for large amounts of storage in ever-smaller Read More...

FAQs about Rugged USB Flash Drive Technology

  USB flash drives are among the most familiar and widely used forms of storage available. They can be found in their popular removable format or as embedded drives called eUSB. A rugged USB flash drive goes beyond consumer formats to provide strong, reliable storage appropriate for industrial applications. If you are looking for a rugged USB flash drive to use with your industrial device, here are the answers to some of the questions that are likely to be on Read More...

A Look at Secure Digital Card Specifications

  Secure Digital card specifications are set by the Secure Digital Association. This is done to ensure that there is a shared standard used across all cards that carry the Secure Digital (SD) name. Secure Digital card specifications allow OEMs and engineers to know exactly what they are getting when they use an SD card in a device, regardless of who the supplier is. The exact specifications of the cards vary depending on the type of SD card. Here is Read More...

What Is a NAND Technology SSD?

  In years past, the only drive industrial users and consumers wanted to see in their devices was a hard disk drive, or HDD. Today, you would be hard pressed to find an industrial application that doesn’t feature a solid state drive, or SSD. SSDs were initially considered too expensive for wide use when they were introduced to the market, but now, they are a standard choice for reliable storage. A major reason why SSDs are so popular is NAND Read More...

What Are the Benefits of Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology?

  Self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology, or SMART, allows users to monitor the operations of their drives and spot signs of problems before they cause complete system failures. The use of SMART in solid state drives (SSDs) for industrial applications is especially important because of the mission-critical data storage and operations these drives execute. With SMART, when there is an error in drive operation, the BIOS—basic input/output system—receives information about the error and, when appropriate, alerts the user so that Read More...

What Is a Rugged Solid State Drive?

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, have revolutionized data storage. Although hard disk drives (HDDs) used to be the gold standard in drive storage, today, SSDs are ubiquitous. You can find SSDs in commercial and industrial grade applications, though the types of drives used in each setting are often different. Rugged solid state drives are the type used in industrial devices. These industrial applications require the highest available level of data protection, plus fast read and write capabilities. Here is Read More...

Comparing M.2 SATA vs. mSATA

  M.2 SATA and mSATA are both popular in small, thin devices that require board-level storage solutions. M.2 is a follow-up to mSATA, though mSATA is still in use across a huge range of devices. Both of these drives do essentially the same tasks, but they are not interchangeable, so you can’t simply swap one for the other. Here is a look M.2 SATA vs. mSATA drives.   SSD 101 When comparing M.2 SATA vs. mSATA, you may notice that they are both Read More...

Choosing the Best Industrial SD Card

  Industrial SD cards are popular with OEMs and designers because of their broad compatibility and standardized format. They are lightweight and small, yet powerful. This makes them a perfect fit for modern devices that are getting smaller while increasing their need for robust storage. When choosing an industrial SD card, it’s important to get the right one for your specific application. The following tips will help you choose the best industrial SD card.   Make Sure You’re Getting an Industrial Card There Read More...

The Use of Commercial MLC SD Cards in Battery Management Systems (BMS)

  General This paper will describe the use of SD Cards in Battery Management Systems (BMS). This is not intended to be a thorough tutorial on BMS.   Battery Management (BM) One might ask, why do batteries need BM? That is a valid question. With the advent of Lithium Ion Batteries, used in industrial applications from portable electronics, to automotive, are becoming a very strict requirement. There are a number of reasons for this, from safety (Literally protecting from catastrophic events) and product endurance Read More...

Industrial CF Cards Used in Broadcast Equipment and Drive Recorders

  Industrial CF cards provide powerful storage in a familiar and highly compatible format. CF cards have long been a popular storage tool in digital cameras for consumer users, and the capacity and ease of use they provide have made them popular in industrial applications as well. For example, you will find these storage cards being used in a variety of applications, from infotainment and gaming to embedded computing. They are particularly popular in broadcast equipment and drive recorders. Here Read More...

Technical Success Story: Avoiding Failures in the Field with a Controlled BOM

  Background: A customer contacted Delkin when the SD cards he had been purchasing from the same supplier for years suddenly stopped working. The customer didn’t understand why the cards were now a problem, but he was frustrated since the issues were interfering with his work.   Customer Story: The customer explained that his company had been ordering SD cards from a well-recognized national supplier for years without any problems. They had specifically chosen this SD card after trying several commercially available Read More...

Benefits of Secure Erase Flash Storage Technology

  Industrial applications frequently store data that are sensitive and require careful management. When it is time to erase that data and discard the storage device, standard erase functions may not be sufficient. Secure erase flash storage technology ensures that sensitive information is actually erased completely from your device’s flash memory, so you won’t have any concerns about what is happening to your private or classified data after you get rid of a drive. Here is what you need to Read More...

Focus on Extended Temperature SLC Storage

  Extended temperature SLC storage is in high demand by industrial users who need the most reliable storage options available, even in conditions with extreme temperatures. With extended temperature ranges, SLC storage can be used in industrial applications like transportation and automation, where operating conditions cause temperatures to rise and fall dramatically or to fluctuate rapidly. This kind of storage also has additional benefits beyond its tolerance of extreme temperature conditions that make it appropriate for industrial applications.   What is extended Read More...

FAQs about Commercial Grade Storage

Software Programming Web Development Concept   If you are searching for embedded flash storage solutions, then there is a good chance that you have encountered terms like industrial grade and commercial grade. Both of these kinds of flash storage are reliable and widely used, but they are not interchangeable. Each is appropriate for specific kinds of applications, and choosing the right one for your device is critical to getting the right level of data protection for your design. OEMs and designers Read More...

Taking a Closer Look at the Industrial PCMCIA Card

  Industrial PCMCIA cards are not as common as they once were, but they can still be found in a number of applications. They have been on the market since 1990, and were introduced after the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) was formed in 1989. The group created specific standards for the cards. This ensured that users could feel confident that the cards they purchased would meet their expectations. Here is what you need to know about industrial Read More...

SSD SATA III Features

  SSD SATA III is a solid state drive that uses the SATA III standard, which is currently the most advanced SATA format available. It offers speeds of 6Gb/s and is compatible with a wide range of consumer applications. It is also backwards compatible with SATA II systems, although speed will be somewhat compromised by the older port. If you’re considering an SSD with SATA features, here is what you need to know.   SATA III Basics As with all SATA products, SATA Read More...

CFexpress 101

  Industrial CFexpress is a high-speed flash storage device that is removable and able to support fast hosts in industrial applications across a variety of markets. It merges two other flash storage formats into a single new standard that is intended for high-res files and high-speed recording, all within a space-constrained form factor. This flash storage card is designed for industrial and enterprise applications in which speed, capacity, and data integrity are paramount. This new kind of flash storage is Read More...

What Are Smart MicroSD Cards?

  MicroSD cards, or microSDs, are the smallest form of SD cards available. They are increasingly in demand, as devices continue to become smaller with higher demands for data storage and security than ever before. microSD cards offer a combination of small form factor with powerful storage capabilities in formats that have been optimized for industrial operating conditions. SMART microSD card options make this form of embedded storage even more valuable to industrial users, since the monitoring system will help Read More...

A Look at the Benefits of Extended Temperature SSD

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, are now the standard drive format used in a large number of consumer and industrial devices. Although hard disk drives, or HDDs, once reigned supreme, SSDs with flash storage are now preferred for a long list of reasons. For industrial users, extended temperature SSDs provide the reliability that is necessary for critical applications. If you are an OEM or engineer considering using an extended temperature SSD in your device, this look at the benefits Read More...

FAQs about Product Life Cycle Management

  When it comes to developing an application and maximizing your return on it, product life cycle management is critical. Through life cycle management, you can avoid unexpected interruptions in the operation of your product and make sure any transitions to new parts or designs happen seamlessly. Product life cycle management should include the embedded storage device that you use in your application. At Delkin, life cycle management is a standard feature we offer with all of our industrial storage Read More...

What Is Intelligent Power Consumption and Why Does It Matter?

  For embedded storage devices, power consumption is a key concern. Drawing a significant amount of power from the host device can trigger a long list of issues. One of the benefits of flash storage is that it generally has low power needs, especially when compared to other forms of storage. However, in addition to remaining low, power consumption should also be smart. Intelligent power consumption makes flash memory an ideal alternative to more power-hungry memory options, which helps small Read More...

Why Secure Erase Matters in Industrial Storage

  Industrial flash storage has revolutionized computing. Flash drives offer greater reliability than hard drives, and they are also smaller and faster with lower power needs. However, one factor that many people in need of industrial storage are concerned about is the ability to erase data completely. Flash drives store data in a different way than hard drives, and because of that, erasing them is not as straightforward. Because many industrial applications store information that is sensitive, being able to Read More...

Highlighting the Importance of Conformal Coating

  Flash memory cards contain complex circuitry and components. These sensitive systems are often exposed to extreme conditions, especially when they are used in rugged applications. The key to protecting them is conformal coating. Conformal coating is a must-have on industrial grade embedded storage, so that memory cards and the valuable data that they hold are protected from environmental conditions that could cause damage. There are multiple kinds of conformal coating that can be found on memory cards. Here is Read More...

Comparing Industrial and Utility Cards

  When choosing embedded flash memory for an application, the grade of the card is one of the most significant factors. Industrial and utility cards are used in both commercial and industrial operations, but they have different features. As such, when deciding between industrial and utility cards, it’s important to consider the features that are most important to the design of your application and how it will be used. Delkin makes both industrial and utility products, and our team can Read More...

Flash Storage Deconstructed- Improve Write Life with Simple Changes

  Anatomy of a Flash Storage Device To the casual user, a FLASH card seems like the perfect simple device that you can write to as much as you need, and it remembers the data when you power it off.  This is true in the simplest form; however, FLASH technology requires a CPU with highly complex firmware onboard to manage the device interface and the complex challenges of FLASH memory chips.  Neglecting this advanced firmware can lead to early failure and Read More...

Technical Success Story: Solving SD Card Customization Issues

  Background: A frequent Delkin SD card customer needed to expand the use and data output of their application. When testing content loading equipment, or duplicators, they discovered that their SD cards were failing when the duplicators added data. Because they had orders coming in, they needed to quickly find a solution to the problem.   Customer Story: After purchasing new duplicator equipment, the OEM experienced a series of failures in their SD cards when loading data. The SD cards ran fine Read More...

Examining SLC SD in Electrocardiography, Endoscopes, and Other Medical Devices

  In modern medical equipment, embedded storage is a necessity. It is used for both patient data storage and OS and application loading. With advances in medical technology comes the need for larger storage capacities more than ever before. A reliable option for electrocardiography and endoscopes—which have high demands for storage—is industrial SLC SD cards. Using SLC SD in electrocardiography, endoscopes, and other medical technology ensures reliable storage for critical data with low power demands, MTBF, and EOL process management.   What Read More...

What Are Solid State Memory Drives?

  Solid state memory drives, often referred to as solid state drives, or SSDs, are an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs). They are usually equipped with flash memory, in which data are stored on chips within the drive. Although solid state memory drives are nothing new, they have only been widely embraced in consumer and industrial devices in recent years. Since then, they have all but replaced hard disk drives in many of the devices people use most often. Read More...

OEM Sales Solutions

  OEM sales play a critical role in many different consumer and industrial applications and devices. Successful OEM sales rely on a strong relationship with the product manufacturer and on sourcing high-quality products from that manufacturer. At Delkin, we are committed to helping OEMs get the reliable, customized products they need to satisfy their customers. Here is a look at how we can help with OEM sales solutions.   OEM Basics Outside of the technology industry, OEM—original equipment manufacturer—refers to a company that Read More...

SD Card Advice V2 for Zynq and Zynq UltraScale+ SoC Products

  Check out this helpful information on SD . Below is a link to download an update to the list of suggestions as well as helpful information that will guide Engineers working with Xilinx Zynq®‐7000 and Zynq® UltraScale+ SOC based solutions from Avnet. Advice is provided for selecting and working with SD cards for their own system designs.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT Read More...

The Importance of ELC Products for Industrial Applications

  Extended life cycle, or ELC, products are essential components of many industrial applications. With ELC products, OEMs get the support they need throughout the life of their existing products, and they get assistance with transitioning to a new product when their existing storage device or other component is being discontinued. At Delkin, all of our storage solutions are ELC products, which gives our customers the confidence they need to manage their applications without concerns about unexpected component changes. Here Read More...

Understanding Types of Form Factors

  If you’ve been shopping for embedded storage, a term you are likely to have encountered is form factor. Form factor refers to the design of a piece of hardware. Types of form factors are differentiated based on their layout and dimensions. Knowing the form factor is key to preventing compatibility issues. When it comes to solid state storage (SSS), there are three main form factors: solid state drives, solid state cards, and solid state modules. Here is what you Read More...

Choosing Solid State Storage Companies

  Solid state storage is the preferred form of storage for industrial applications, but where that storage comes from matters. There are several factors to consider when choosing between solid state storage companies. By choosing the right company, you can feel confident in the storage selection you’ve made for your application and in the knowledge that you will have support when you need it. If you’re in the market for solid state storage, this information will help you select the Read More...

Infotainment Applications in Embedded Systems – Changing the Way We Travel

  Embedded systems have had a major impact on a long list of industries. In transportation, embedded systems are changing many things about the way we travel, but one of their most notable impacts is with on-board infotainment systems. If you have watched a movie on a plane or listened to satellite radio in a car, then you have likely used infotainment embedded systems. When embedded systems are used for these purposes, they are usually designed with SLC NAND flash, Read More...

Taking a Closer Look at SSD Utility Systems

  SSD utility systems are available in a variety of capacities and in both commercial and industrial grades. This means that finding SSD utility systems that are the right fit for a variety of applications is straightforward for OEMs. Getting the right capacity and temperature grade allows for the maximum level of efficiency possible, without wasting capacity or trying to get by with too little storage space.   SSD 101 SSD stands for solid state drive. Although SSDs actually have a long history, Read More...