Author Archives: Delkin Industrial

SLC SATA Basics

  SLC SATA is one of the most reliable flash storage options available for industrial applications. This flash-based storage offers unbeatable capacity and data protection, even in rugged operating conditions. SLC SATA can also be customized to provide specific features, including encryption for applications in which data security is a priority. Although SATA was first introduced to the market for consumer applications, it has since been embraced by industrial users for its wide range of benefits. If you are considering Read More...

Custom SD Cards Explained

  SD cards are a recognized format for storage for a variety of commercial and industrial grade products. One of the many benefits of this form of flash storage is the ease with which it can be customized. Custom SD cards allow designers and OEMs to get device-specific storage that meets their exact needs for everything from formatting to laser etching. The key to getting customized SD cards that fulfill your requirements is to work with a manufacturer who will Read More...

How Do Wear Leveling SD Cards Work?

  SD cards are a popular choice for industrial grade memory. These NAND flash memory cards are reliable, thanks to their consistent design based on the standards set by the Secure Digital Association, and long-lasting, especially in SLC format. However, one essential algorithm makes wear leveling SD cards last even longer than their original design allows for: wear leveling. Wear leveling algorithms maximize the lifespan of these memory cards by ensuring that blocks of available data storage are used in Read More...

FAQs about Flash Based SSDs

  Flash based SSDs are ubiquitous in industrial applications. They take advantage of the reliability of flash storage and do away with the moving components found in HDDs, resulting in faster operations and lower risk of data loss. You can find flash based SSDs in a huge array of consumer and industrial grade applications, from laptop computers to complex medical devices. Although there are two kinds of flash memory—NAND and NOR—most storage devices are designed with NAND flash, or a Read More...

What Are Embedded Computing Systems?

  Embedded computing systems are used every day, yet they are often overlooked and misunderstood. They are essential to the functioning of a huge array of products and applications, from consumer electronics to industrial devices. In fact, the stability of these embedded computing systems is essential to the appropriate functioning of significant aerospace, medical, and communication applications. What exactly are embedded computing systems? Here are the facts you need to know.   Embedded computing systems are task-specific. Embedded computing systems are made Read More...

Industry Insights: SLC SD for Industrial Multi-function Printers

  Industrial multi function printers offer high-speed functionality in environments that demand flawless performance. For industrial multi-function printers, in addition to performance concerns, there are also sometimes security issues and the need for critical data storage. For this reason, SLC SD cards are frequently found in these kinds of printers. With SLC SD cards for industrial multi-function printers, users get fast performance with the best possible level of reliability and security.   Multi-function Printer Basics Multi-function printers are a one-stop-shop for office needs. With Read More...

Technical Success Story: Industrial Storage- Do You Need the Newest Version?

  Industrial Flash storage is used in a variety of applications, which means that there has been a significant amount of research into the qualifications, interfaces, and technologies used in the cards. For people who are designing embedded hosts, there is a natural inclination to stay ahead of the curve by using the most advanced technology available. The reason for this is an attempt by designers to ensure that they don’t create host systems that rely on memory cards that Read More...

What Are SLC SSD Drives?

  If you are in the market for a solid state drive, or SSD, then choosing the right kind of flash memory format is essential. For industrial users, this almost always means choosing SLC SSD drives. SLC SSD drives use the highest grade of flash memory available. This means that OEMs can be confident about their use in industrial applications in which mission-critical data is stored and used. Here are the facts you need to know.   Basics of SLC SSD Drives The Read More...

Spotlight on SD Card Industrial Grade Features

  SD card design is governed by the Secure Digital Association. Although different companies manufacture them, every SD card on the market is designed to meet very specific guidelines set forth by the Secure Digital Association and shared with its members. As such, end users can rest assured that SD cards will always be compatible with their applications, even if they end up ordering cards from a different manufacturer in the future. SD card industrial grade features are designed to Read More...

FAQs about 2.5 SSD Industrial Flash Storage

  SSDs, or solid state drives, are an alternative to hard disk drives and have made enormous leaps in memory capacity and speeds possible in both commercial and industrial grade devices. A 2.5 SSD is an SSD that is 2.5 inches in size—the most common size for a drive. Although some industrial devices have smaller form factors and need a smaller drive, such as an mSATA-based SSD, the 2.5 SSD is hugely popular and compatible with a wide range of Read More...

For Healthcare Data Storage of IoT and AI Info, Consider Flash

  Check out this article by Scott Wallask of Search Health IT | Tech Target on why professionals working with healthcare data storage should consider Flash storage. Click below to read the full article: With IoT and AI-driven data growing in healthcare organizations, a consultant suggests providers look into flash storage to take advantage of the technology's speed...   Read More...

What Are Secure Digital Card Specifications?

  Secure Digital cards, or SD cards, are a specific type of non-volatile storage that was developed by the Secure Digital Association, or SDA. SD cards are manufactured by a number of different companies, but the SDA issues strict guidelines that dictate the features that the cards must have and how they must be designed and constructed. Secure Digital card specifications exist to ensure that OEMs and developers who use SD cards in their devices know exactly what they are Read More...

3D NAND Flash Explained

  Although NAND flash storage is the leading storage format used in solid state drives, or SSDs, there is one concern that has long worried engineers and OEMs—its size. NAND flash storage devices have to be small, but they also have to be powerful. In some instances, capacity has been limited by the need to keep the device as small as possible. Fortunately, a solution has been found: 3D NAND flash. This format uses space on NAND flash storage cards Read More...

SATA vs. NVMe

  The ever-increasing use of data has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for faster data transfer rates. The speed of data transfer is largely controlled by the interface used by the drive. With more and more systems using SSDs—solid state drives—rather than HDDs, or hard disk drives, the data transfer rate of the interface is more important than ever. While HDDs seldom reach peak data transfer speed capacity, SSDs can, as long as the interface can support the speed that Read More...

What You Need to Know about SATA Data Transfer Rate

  SATA is one of the most widely used interfaces in modern technology. It’s virtually impossible to have used a desktop or laptop computer over the past decade that did not have a piece of SATA hardware inside. When it comes to both solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs), SATA interfaces are often a critical component, and the SATA data transfer rate is an important factor to consider. SATA interfaces are common in both commercial and industrial Read More...

Delkin 16GB Industrial microSD Card on Ultra96 Development Board

      Delkin is proud to feature a 16 GB MicroSD card on the Ultra96™development board. Applications of the board include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and IoT/cloud connectivity for add-on sensors. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!    Read More...

Are You in the Market for a 512MB USB Flash Drive?

  USB flash drives are familiar storage devices in both the consumer and industrial markets. There are many reasons for their enduring popularity, including their ease of use, wide-ranging compatibility, and variety of storage capacity options. In the industrial storage marketplace, industrial grade USB flash drives are engineered to work in exacting conditions, where temperature, vibration, and shock are unpredictable and where storage has to be fail-safe. The 512MB USB flash drive size is one of the most popular versions Read More...

Industrial Flash Drives – Framework & Composition

  Introduction   Industrial Flash drives, no matter the form factor, are more complex than meets the casual eye.  A Flash drive consists of two major parts.  One part is, of course the Flash chips, and the other part is a highly integrated controller chip, or CPU. This article will focus first on basic Flash architecture, operation and how it can be configured in different ways with the CPU to achieve different performance speed goals.   Flash Storage Data Structure   All data whether it is an Read More...

Storage Insights #3 -Technical Guide for CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) Cards

Click below to read the new Delkin Storage Insights post on the element14 Community Embedded Blog: Storage Insights #3 -Technical Guide for CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) Cards   Read More...

Technical Success Story: Life Cycle Management with SMART Technology

  The technology that makes flash storage so fast and reliable also limits the amount of time it can be used effectively, as there are a limited number of reads and writes a flash storage card can complete. At Delkin, extending the lifespan of flash storage product is a core part of every product we design, as we understand that our customers need the longest life possible out of their industrial storage solutions, and SMART technology can help. Because all Read More...

Why Does USB Flash Drive Temperature Range Matter?

  There are many different factors that differentiate commercial flash storage from industrial flash storage. The operating temperature range is one of those factors. For many industrial users, temperature range is a primary concern when choosing a flash storage device, since many industrial users have applications that must work in conditions with extreme temperatures or in which temperature fluctuations are common.   When it comes to portable USB storage, it may seem like temperature range is less of a concern, since the Read More...

Examining the Advantages of SLC SD Cards

  Industrial systems rely on flash memory for critical storage. SLC SD cards have long been one of the most widely used technologies for embedded storage in industrial environments, and the demand for high-quality, SLC-based flash storage is only increasing as flash technology itself is changing. The appearance of MLC and TLC SD cards has created welcome changes in the consumer market that are not as advantageous for industrial grade products, and some industrial host device engineers and designers have Read More...

SLC NAND vs. MLC NAND

  If you are exploring your options for embedded flash storage, two contenders are likely to be on your list: SLC NAND and MLC NAND. Both of these forms of NAND flash storage are popular and reliable, and each one has its most appropriate uses. The trick is not using MLC NAND when you really need SLC, or paying for SLC when you could get by with MLC. Which NAND flash storage technology is right for your application? This comparison Read More...

FAQs about BOM Control

  BOM control is a critical factor for industrial embedded application customers. It allows both OEMs and engineers to better manage parts changes and reduces the risk of in-the-field failures that could have drastic effects on transportation, aviation, healthcare, and other critical industries. One of the key reasons that industrial grade flash storage is used in these kinds of applications is the advantages that BOM control provides. Why does BOM control matter so much? Here are the answers to some Read More...

A Closer Look at Industrial Grade MicroSD

  For powerful storage that fits into a small space, microSD is an enduringly popular choice. Because it is available in a range of storage capacities and is highly adaptable to a wide range of applications, this form of flash storage can be found in an enormous range of host devices. MicroSD memory cards are available in MLC and SLC formats, but for industrial grade devices that operate in extreme conditions, choosing a matching industrial grade microSD card is important. Read More...

Answering Questions about SLC CompactFlash

  SLC Compact Flash—known more commonly as CompactFlash or CF—is one of the most reliable and most popular forms of storage on the market. In SLC format, CF memory cards are capable of supporting host devices in industrial environments without any kind of loss of function. For engineers and designers looking for a failsafe storage solution for devices in high-stress environments dealing with mission-critical data, it’s hard to find a better solution than CF memory cards. If you’re considering SLC Read More...

Recent NAND Trends (And Why Reliability Is So Crucial)

  The year 1987 was an exciting one for tech professionals. It marked the introduction of NAND flash, which made its debut at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco. Since that time, innovations in embedded designs and NAND trends have taken off. One of the top items on every developer’s wish list was to increase the storage capacity while keeping the price point on a downward trend. This begs the question: Has reliability been jeopardized in the Read More...

What You Need to Know about Industrial CF Card 4GB Products

  Industrial CompactFlash—also called CF—is an enormously popular form of flash storage for devices that are used in exacting conditions with mission-critical data. An industrial CF card 4GB storage capacity can be used in an array of products and devices, thanks to the reliability of industrial grade flash memory and constant uptime. The 4GB size is ideal for industrial products with moderate storage needs. Here is a closer look.   CF Cards CF cards are one of the most popular flash storage formats Read More...

Comparing 2D NAND vs. 3D NAND SSD

  Flash-based SSDs, or solid state drives, were invented in the 1980s, so it is not surprising that the technology has progressed significantly since then. The main drive in improving SSDs has always been scaling, focusing on fitting more data into the same sized space. For many years, this effort was limited by the fact that NAND flash was planar. In other words, 2D NAND flash was the only available technology, thus creating an upper limit for the capacity of Read More...

What Is 3D NAND Flash?

  Most NAND flash drives are designed with planar NAND technology—in other words, the cells are arranged in a 2D format. This design is effective, but it has some limitations and challenges. The introduction of 3D NAND flash changes that. 3D NAND flash can be used in both commercial and industrial applications in the same way that planar NAND flash is, often with some advantages. As with all forms of NAND flash, 3D NAND flash offers lower latency rates and Read More...

Choosing a High-Reliability USB Flash Drive

  Sometimes, the most familiar solution is the best one. That is often the case with USB flash drives. For external storage, USB flash drives may be the most recognizable option on the market for everyone from novice, casual users to industrial clients with high-grade storage needs. When it comes to those industrial clients, nothing less than the highest possible level of security for data will do. For these needs, high-reliability USB flash drives are available. A high-reliability flash drive Read More...

Using Industrial CF for Control Systems & Automation Applications

  In today’s manufacturing facilities, ever increasing levels of automation are being implemented into control systems. As such, the demand for flash storage for machine control, process monitoring, and programming updates has never been higher. Because of the demands of the operating conditions in most manufacturing facilities, embedded memory solutions must be rugged, industrial grade devices that won’t fail in high-stress situations.   Because of these operating conditions, it is not surprising that developers in the controls/automation industry are turning to industrial Read More...

What to Do When an SD Card Is Write-Protected

  When SD cards are write-protected, you will not be able to save the data on it that you need. Many people are surprised when they get a write-protected message when trying to save files to their SD cards, but fortunately, the fix is simple and fast to complete. Write-protection is an important feature that keeps your files safe when it is used appropriately, and it offers another level of data protection that can be especially valuable for industrial applications Read More...

Flash Drive Definition Basics

  Flash drive users vary widely, from casual computer users to professionals performing highly technical work with industrial applications. They provide a high-capacity, portable storage solution that’s ideal for a variety of uses. Despite the popularity of these storage devices, many people are unaware of the exact flash drive definition, even if they use this type of device on a regular basis. What exactly is a flash drive? Here is what you need to know.   Flash Drive Definition A flash drive is Read More...

How Long Do SSDs Last?

  SSDs—or solid state drives—have many advantages over hard disk drives (HDDs). Despite the advantages, many people were slow to adopt SSDs because of concerns over their lifespan, and a few nagging doubts remain in the minds of some developers about the potential for lost data caused by an SSD failure. In reality, the stories of SSD failures and short lifespans are greatly exaggerated. SSDs are reliable and widely used in a variety of sensitive applications, ranging from healthcare to Read More...

Understanding SSD Architecture

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, were considered a revolutionary advance in data storage when they were introduced to the market, and they continue to be the preferred drive for the vast majority of consumer and industrial-grade Flash storage products. Because SSDs don’t contain moving parts, they are better equipped than hard disk drives, or HDDs, at operating in rugged conditions, and they also function faster and without the noise associated with HDDs. One of the key components in SSD Read More...

Industrial microSD Card Connectors

  In applications using an SD interface, it is important for the interface and connectors to deliver the right level of ruggedness and reliability for the way the host device will be used. Many SD-compatible flash interfaces are designed to be used in consumer products, and although these are well suited to those kinds of devices, they are generally not reliable enough for industrial applications. Instead, industrial applications that use the SD interface must be designed with industrial-grade card connectors. Read More...

SSD Components: Focus on NAND Flash Die

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, use NAND flash to store critical data. NAND flash memory is a nonvolatile form of storage, meaning it does not require power in order to store data. This form of memory is critical for SSDs to compete with hard disk drives, or HDDs, and the magnetic storage that they contain. Within the architecture of SSDs, there can be multiple NAND flash chips—also referred to as NAND flash die. The number of die used in Read More...

Solid State Drive Technology FAQs

  Solid state drives are the foundation upon which a huge array of modern technology exists. Everything from digital cameras to gaming devices rely on solid state drives—also known as SSDs—for memory. They provide reliable performance, even in less than ideal operating conditions, which is why so many engineers and developers depend on them in their designs. What are SSDs and how do they work? Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about solid state drive technology.   What exactly is Read More...

SD Card Pinout Basics

  The serial interface of SD cards has made them hugely popular in both consumer and industrial devices for OEMs. The SD Card Association tightly controls the specifications of SD cards, including the SD card pinout, so there are universal standards for everything from physical interfaces to command protocols that make integration seamless and easy. SD cards are designed to meet the needs of both consumer and industrial markets and their differing budgets. Most consumer devices rely on MLC flash Read More...

SSD Wear Leveling Tests

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, have many advantages over hard disk drives (HDDs). Since SSDs don’t have moving parts, they don’t fall victim to the mechanical failures that can plague HDDs. They never develop magnetic problems on the platters, since there are no platters to spin. Of course, there is a trade off. SSDs have a finite number of writes that they can perform depending on the kind of flash memory that they use for storage. Wear leveling is Read More...

A Closer Look at Read Disturb Errors

  When NAND flash memory is used only for read operations, many designers believe that they do not have to worry about product lifespan, since no writing is occurring. In reality, even read operations can eventually wear the flash memory out, as repeated read operations can lead to inadvertent reprogramming and damage caused by cross-coupling noise. When these issues occur, they are called read disturb errors. Fortunately, industrial-grade NAND flash memory typically comes with read leveling and ECC integrated to Read More...

Flash Storage Life Cycle & Component Volatility Management

  Industrial Flash Storage for Leading-Edge Applications The typical Flash user is one that utilizes various form factors for images, temporary portable storage, or high-end, high-speed, high-capacity drives for a compute intensive application, often called the ‘leading-edge’.  This arena changes very rapidly with a life span of sometimes only several months before a product may be declared obsolete or outdated. Delkin Devices works closely with each industrial OEM and customer to ensure the right industrial Flash storage solution is chosen to Read More...

What Is Flash Based SSD?

  A Flash based SSD is a solid state drive that uses NAND flash memory. NAND flash is a nonvolatile form of storage that is critical for allowing SSDs to match the capacity and performance of hard disk drives, or HDDs. With NAND flash memory in play, SSDs have trumped HDDs as the preferred drive style for many users, since it doesn’t have the potential for breakdowns that are commonly caused by the moving parts in HDDs. Here is a Read More...

Answers to Questions About mSATA Speed

  Flash storage that uses the SATA interface is popular in a range of different devices and applications. It has virtually replaced IDE/PATA interfaces that once ruled the market. For applications and devices that want to use the SATA interface but need a small form factor, mSATA is the solution. As with any kind of flash memory, speed is likely to be a  top concern on the minds of engineers when selecting mSATA for storage. Here are the answers to Read More...

Rugged SD Cards 101

  SD cards are a widely used form of flash memory in consumer, commercial, and industrial devices. Rugged SD cards are made specifically for industrial users who need memory that won’t quit in extreme conditions with fluctuating temperatures, shock, and vibration. SD cards have been around since 1999, and one of the reasons they have lasted in the fast-paced world of technology is that they offer superior reliability and simple product integration. Here is what you need to know.   SD cards Read More...

DVT and ORT- Exploring Delkin’s Commitment to Product Testing

  Testing is a critical part of creating robust embedded storage devices. It allows problems to be identified and corrected before they ever make their way into an application and cause failures. At Delkin, we’re continually investing in new and better ways to test our products and deliver consistently high-quality industrial storage options. This includes investing in DVT and ORT in-house.   DVT and ORT Delkin continuously invests in DVT—Design Verification Testing—and ORT—Ongoing Reliability Testing. We do these tests in-house using advanced testing Read More...

Technical Success Stories: Overcoming Failures with Rugged Environmental Requirement Testing

  CompactFlash (CF) has been a key embeddable storage form factor for over 20 years, thanks to its basic connector design that mimics a hard disk drive, or HDD. It is both rugged and simple, making it a widely used storage form factor. When CF was initially introduced to the market in 1994, the cards used single-level cell, or SLC flash, and were incorporated into thousands of applications. CF cards have four physical chips, and the memory itself is cased Read More...

Technical Features of 32GB mSATA

  mSATA offers the reliability of the popular SATA design in a form factor that’s appropriate for small devices. When mSATA was introduced, it was a computer-centric form of flash memory, intended for use in notebook computers and other thin devices that required powerful storage in a small form factor. Eventually, the low weight and small size of mSATA made it a desirable option for industrial devices as well as consumer products as a boot drive or for data storage. Read More...

Facts about OEM Micro SD Cards

  An OEM micro SD card—also called microSD—can provide high-endurance storage for a wide range of applications. If your application requires reliable storage that uses a minimal amount of power and has the ability to be integrated into multiple form factors, an OEM microSD card could be the right answer for you. These facts will help you determine if these memory cards are the best option for your OEM design.   microSD cards have been on the market since 1999. Consumer SD cards, Read More...