Author Archives: Delkin Industrial

Choosing a microSD Memory Supplier

  The microSD memory card, sometimes called micro SD, is a popular, high-endurance flash storage solution that is widely used in both commercial and industrial grade applications. The format was originally introduced in 1999, and was designed as a NAND flash storage solution for portable devices that had the features those devices needed, like low power consumption, a high degree of reliability, and a small size to fit into constrained spaces. Design specifications for microSD cards are set by the Read More...

Finding Storage Solutions for Industrial Applications

  Whether they’re helping to provide access to critical patient records for doctors in emergency situations or helping a train travel down the track safely and efficiently, industrial applications have to work flawlessly every time. For this reason, embedded storage in industrial applications has to be reliable, trustworthy, and fast. The same embedded storage that works perfectly well in consumer products in the commercial market may not be able to stand up to the demands of industrial applications. It is Read More...

Encrypted SSD Explained

  If you are storing sensitive data, or even if you just want the knowledge that your information is private, then an encrypted SSD could be the right solution. Encrypted SSD makes your info unintelligible to anyone who doesn’t have the proper security clearance to view it. There are several different types of encryption used in SSDs, but the final outcome of each is the same: outside users will find it very different to access your important data.   Data Encryption 101 Although Read More...

Using Embedded Systems in Healthcare

  An embedded system is part of a larger operating system that is designed to perform one or two specific tasks. In the healthcare field, embedded systems are often used for data storage. Since healthcare applications may be used in rugged operating conditions with temperature fluctuations and exposure to shock and vibrations, it is usually necessary for OEMs to choose industrial grade embedded systems. Industrial grade products are designed for use in those demanding conditions and can withstand them without Read More...

Why Delkin Is a Leading Flash Memory Manufacturer

When you need flash memory for an industrial application, the flash memory manufacturer you choose matters. At Delkin, we’re proud to be a leading flash memory manufacturer and believe that any customer who tries our products will find out for themselves why so many OEMs rely on us. We recognize the importance of the security of your data and of having dependable memory solutions that don’t change designs without notice. Here is a look at some of the reasons Read More...

Solving Medical Data Storage Issues

  With so many medical providers switching from paper records to electronic ones, medical data storage is a bigger issue than ever before. This switch has made keeping track of patients’ needs easier for doctors—and made treatments safer and more efficient for patients. However, medical data storage has to be absolutely reliable and secure, and it has to meet HIPAA requirements. For many healthcare companies, this means relying on embedded flash memory.   Flash Storage for Medical Data In most cases, healthcare applications Read More...

Understanding SATA Embedded SSDs

  SATA embedded SSDs are popular for use as boot drives and storage in a wide range of devices and applications. They offer fast speeds and a high degree of reliability, even in extreme operating conditions. SATA embedded SSDs are designed to meet SATA-IO and JEDEC standards and offer speeds of 6Gb/s in the SATA 3.0 version. SATA embedded SSDs are used in both commercial and industrial devices and are available in a range of capacities.   Why are SSDs so popular? Solid Read More...

Picking the Best Industrial SD Card for Your Needs

  Industrial SD cards offer embedded storage solutions for industrial devices that require high levels of performance. With an industrial grade SD card, you’ll get the rugged storage you need for demanding environments, such applications in the automotive, healthcare, and automation industries. There are multiple forms of SD cards, so choosing the right one for your device will help you get the performance you need with the right level of efficiency for your project. As you weigh up your choices Read More...

What Is Industrial Slim SATA?

  Today’s devices are becoming increasingly small and increasingly slim. As such, SSDs have had to keep up with the demands for powerful storage in small spaces. Industrial Slim SATA is one option. With Slim SATA, you get all of the power, compatibility, and reliability you expect from SATA, in a size that is right for constrained spaces. Here is a closer look at this SSD.   SATA Design As with the all SATA designs, the specifications for the industrial Slim SATA are Read More...

The Effects of Radiation on NAND Flash Based Devices

  General  This article describes the effects of radiation on NAND FLASH devices and covers possible ways to minimize such effects.   Applications Involving Radiation Exposure Most consumer-based products are not usually exposed to radiation. Even through security screening devices, levels are very low. However, it wouldn’t be recommended to put them through a full-fledged X-Ray or CT Scan. Years ago, EEPROMS, heavily used in embedded systems, with the ultra-violet erase window, could not pass through security checks at the airport, at the risk of Read More...

Taking a Closer Look at the M.2 SATA Connector

  As solid state drives, or SSDs, replaced hard disk drives (HDDs) as the most popular form of embedded storage, there was an ongoing concern about the limitations of the interfaces to which the SSDs were attached. Many interfaces, such as the SATA third-generation interfaces, were specifically designed to work with HDDs and could only run with a maximum transfer speed of 6 Gb/s. The mini version of the SATA interface, mSATA, is limited to the 6 Gb/s transfer speeds, Read More...

FAQs about M.2 2280

  M.2 2280 SSDs are a specific size of the M.2 controller format. When you are considering an M.2 SSD, the number will tell you the size of the SSD. The first two numbers refer to the width and the second two numbers refer to the length, so an M.2 2280 SSD is 22 millimeters wide and 80 millimeters long. The SSD card length that is supported by your system will depend on your motherboard design, and it is important Read More...

Replacing STEC Compact Flash Products

  STEC was once a major player in the OEM marketplace, but since the company has ceased making OEM products, a large number of OEMs have sought replacements with the same features and reliability as the STEC products they know. Transitioning to a new CompactFlash storage solution can be a nerve-wracking process for OEMs, who need to be able to make the change without a major disruption in supply or failures in the field. If you’re an OEM who hasn’t Read More...

Spotlight on SATA SSD Module Options for Industrial Applications

  SATA is a popular SSD choice for industrial embedded systems that need storage for data, applications, and operating systems that won’t fail, even in rugged environments. Because of the varied system characteristics of these applications, SATA SSD modules are available in a number of different form factors. A range of sizes also allow SATA SSD modules to be used in applications with only a small amount of space. Here is a look at some of the most popular SATA Read More...

A Look at the Features of Industrial Grade microSD Card Designs

  microSD cards offer high-endurance NAND flash storage in a small form factor that is ideal for devices with a low amount of available space. Industrial grade microSD card designs feature SLC NAND flash for the highest possible degree of data security. With design features set by the Secure Digital Association, microSD cards offer the broad compatibility associated with SD cards in a small size for today’s increasingly compact device designs. These are some of the key features you should Read More...

Storage Insights #4 – NAND Flash Based SSD Drives and the Flash Controller

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Technical Success Stories: Host Usage and Industrial SD Cards

  Background Delkin is frequently contacted by customers who are trying to select the best SD cards for their specific host usage requirements. In one particular case, the Delkin Customer Engineering Team was dealing with a customer who needed an SD card for an industrial application that was not write-intensive. However, the customer was unable to share information about the size and frequency of files that were being written to the card, the specifics of the application, nor information about the Read More...

Comparing Commercial Grade and Industrial Grade Flash Memory

  For OEMs and engineers looking for embedded flash memory solutions, one issue that is sure to pop up regularly is the differences between commercial grade and industrial grade memory. Both forms of flash memory have their place, but picking the wrong grade for your device can cause errors or inefficient operations. Here is a look at how these types of flash memory compare, so you can make an informed decision about using them in your device design.   NAND Flash Type Commercial Read More...

Comparing 2.5” SATA II to Other SATA Versions

  SATA SSDs have long been popular solutions for industrial applications. The 2.5” SATA II is one of multiple versions of the interface on the market. In the industrial grade format, the 2.5” SATA interface features SLC NAND flash technology in order to operate in rugged conditions with extreme temperatures as well as high levels of shock and vibration. How does 2.5” SATA II compare with other versions of the SATA interface? Here is a closer look.   SATA I SATA I was Read More...

Industrial microSD Used in Digital Tachometers

  A tachometer calculates the revolutions per minute (RPM), of an object that spins. Most people are familiar with the tachometers found on car dashboards, which count the RPMs as they drive. However, these devices enjoy widespread use across multiple industries, in both consumer and industrial host applications. Because many digital tachometers work in rugged environments, it is important for OEMs to choose industrial grade memory that is capable of working in extreme temperatures and environments with high levels of Read More...

Gaming Applications Embedded Systems: A Guide for OEMs

  Embedded computer systems are a constant part of everyday life, found in everything from cellphones to digital cameras to medical devices. Even microwaves and air conditioners rely on embedded systems, and they are essential components in transportation, healthcare, and other important industries. One industry that relies heavily on embedded systems is casino gaming. Every casino is packed with systems that run on embedded memory, and because of the high demands put on these systems by a stream of customers Read More...

Understanding Controls Applications Embedded Systems

  When you choose embedded controls, it is always necessary to consider the application with which they will be used. Controls applications embedded systems are a combination of hardware and software that handle specific tasks not performed by the CPU. Choosing an embedded system for controls applications should be based on the specific needs of the application and how the host device will be used.   When should you use an embedded system? As with any kind of component decision, the choice to Read More...

Facts You Need to Know about Reliability in Testing

  Reliability in testing is an important part of the process when determining the right industrial Flash storage device. Through testing, you can determine the most reliable storage solution for your needs. This process also allows you to identify potential issues within your application that could be interfering with the way the device uses memory. In response to testing, you can make sure your application operates at peak performance levels in the field. Having a testing partner like Delkin—who will Read More...

FAQs about Low Power Flash Drive Technology

  Power consumption is a factor that every OEM or engineer has to consider when choosing a flash storage device. If a drive consumes too much power, it could overload the port or interfere with the way that application functions. There is wide misunderstanding about low power flash drives and what the differences are between low power consumption drives and those that are not considered to be low power. However, picking a flash drive that uses too much power can Read More...

Taking a Closer Look at NAND Flash Data Retention Time

  When choosing a NAND flash storage device, many OEMs focus on the number of program and erase cycles that a device is capable of providing, but it is also important to consider a different, though somewhat linked, factor: data retention rates. NAND flash data retention time lets you know how long stored data can survive on a NAND flash device, even if the device has not been used recently. For industrial grade users, this information is particularly important, as Read More...

What Is NAND Flash Memory?

  NAND flash memory is the data storage format that is often found in solid state drives (SSDs), embedded memory cards, and USB devices. It is a non-volatile form of storage, which means that it retains its data even without power. This feature makes it particularly appealing to industrial users, who need a form of data storage that is reliable enough to protect data even when power failures occur. The non-volatile nature of NAND flash memory also reduces the overall Read More...

pSLC

  pSLC stands for pseudo-SLC. This form of NAND flash technology uses MLC-style cells to mimic the behavior of SLC NAND flash memory. pSLC is frequently marketed as an alternative to industrial grade SLC storage, but it may not be appropriate for every industrial situation. As with all kinds of embedded memory solutions, it can helpful to work with your manufacturer to determine which technology is best suited to your device. Here are the facts you need to know about Read More...

The Industrial NAND Flash Based SSD Used in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

  This post will describe the use and proper design of Industrial Grade NAND Flash SSDs in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).   What is IIoT?  IoT is the remote networking of devices communicating and transferring data (and storing data in the cloud) to accomplish specific tasks. Examples might be appliances, entertainment media (TV,Video Disk Players, Network Music Streamers) devices with internet connections that allow exchange of data, such as connections to the manufacturer’s server, for maintenance, remote diagnostics and Firmware updates. The Read More...

Solid State Storage Solutions Explained

  Solid state storage solutions, or SSS, are forms of electronic storage that offer alternatives to hard disk drives, or HDDs. SSS is available in three forms: solid state drives (SSDs), solid state cards (SSCs), and solid state modules (SSMs). SSDs in particular are popular for use in both consumer and industrial devices, thanks to their low power consumption, cool operating temperatures, and lightweight designs. With SSS, you can get more reliable performance than with HDDs, since the electronic nature Read More...

Technical Success Stories: Solving SD Card Application Software Optimization

  A customer approached Delkin for assistance after their embedded computing device provided incomplete data due to repeated SD card failures. Their customers were continually reaching out to complain about data corruption and device failures, and the company was struggling to identify the source of the issue. They asked Delkin for help in solving this problem.   Customer Story The company in question was surprised to experience a series of problems with their most popular and profitable product. The failures began to occur after Read More...

Using uSD MLC Cards for Seismic Sensors

  Seismic sensors are critical safety devices in a wide range of industries. They monitor ground motion and detect earthquakes in order to trigger alerts and important safety procedures, such as the shut-off of gas lines in factories and in homes. Naturally, seismic sensors need a rugged storage device that can withstand shock and vibration without any kind of operational loss. This allows for accurate data logging and tracking of both earthquake events and aftershocks. uSD MLC cards for seismic Read More...

Spotlight on eMMC 153 Ball Designs

  If you are looking for an industrial grade CPU and flash solution for your application, eMMC may be the solution for you. This royalty-free card is used in a large number of different devices for everything from key data storage to storage for the operating system or application software. eMMC 153 ball patterns can be easily soldered to the board for fast, reliable compatibility and operations. Although eMMC is often used in consumer devices, it is also appropriate for industrial Read More...

High Endurance SD Card Facts

  A high endurance SD card is the ultimate in dependability for industrial applications. This is the reason you can find them in so many industrial applications that require reliable, long-lasting data storage. microSD cards—the smallest form of SD card available and a popular form of flash storage for both consumer and industrial devices with minimal space for storage—deliver the same endurance as full-size SD cards and are an important solution for a marketplace in which devices are continually getting Read More...

Understanding the SD Card Interface

  Secure Digital cards, or SD cards, are widely used in consumer and industrial markets. The SD card interface is simple and widely compatible, making it an easy choice for designers and OEMs. The Secure Digital Association determines the design specifications, and these specs are available only to members of the group. For members, the exact design protocols of the physical interface can be downloaded, which can be helpful to OEMs who are implementing SD cards into their systems. SD Read More...

Questions about the M.2 SATA Connector

  An ongoing concern that users have had about solid state drives, or SSDs, is how to use them to their peak capability when existing connectors hinder their speed. SSD technology quickly outpaced that of the interfaces to which they were connected, which meant that the drives were forced to function more slowly than they could—and often, more slowly than hard disk drives, or HDDs. The M.2 SATA connector changes that. M.2 combines the small footprint of miniSATA, or mSATA, Read More...

A Look at SATA Embedded SSDs

  SATA Embedded SSDs are components that operate inside a larger system to perform a specific role. SSDs, or solid state drives, are used for data storage inside these larger systems. As opposed to hard disk drives, or HDDs, which use a rotating, magnetic disk for data storage, SSDs use flash technology. This is a non-volatile form of storage that doesn’t have any moving parts, making it well suited to industrial applications that have to operate in environments with extreme Read More...

USB NAND Flash Overview

  USB drives may be the most widely recognized storage devices on the market. They are utilized by casual consumers and high-tech industrial users alike. USB flash drives use NAND flash memory chips to store large amounts of data in the confined space of a USB drive. Thanks to NAND flash, surprisingly high storage capacities are available in USB drives, particularly those designed for industrial users whose applications require a large amount of reliable storage. Here is what you need Read More...

Get the Facts about Flash Memory Storage Life

  One question that comes up time and again when it comes to flash memory is how long it really lasts. The reason for these lingering concerns is understandable but outdated. When it first was introduced to the market, flash memory storage life was short and unpredictable, which is why magnetic storage devices like hard drives were considered to be the preferred technology. However, flash memory has come a significant way since then, and now, it is widely used in Read More...

Understanding the Differences Between a Flash SSD Drive and a Hard Drive

  Flash SSD drives are quickly becoming the go-to technology in a variety of devices, replacing the once ubiquitous hard disk drive, often called a hard drive or HDD. Despite the explosion in popularity of flash SSD drives, there is still a fair amount of confusion about how these drives differ from each other. Why would a developer design a device with a flash SSD drive instead of a hard disk drive? Although these two types of drives essentially serve Read More...

Encryption and Security Development in Solid State Storage Devices (SSD)

  General This article will describe the  use of Encryption and Security measures in Sold State Drives (SSDs).  What is Data Encryption? Data encryption converts data into an unintelligible form, so that it can only be used if converted back to its original form via decryption. Decryption is the reverse process of encryption. Decryption requires access to a secret key ( a decryption key) and an optional password to accomplish this. Encrypted data is commonly referred to as cipher text, while unencrypted Read More...

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A SATA Overview for OEMs

  The Serial ATA interface, or SATA, is an interface that connects storage devices and host systems. It was developed as a replacement for PATA and offers many advantages over that previously dominant interface. SATA works with both hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). SATA as been revised multiple times since its inception to keep up with changing technologies, and today, SATA enables applications to take advantage of the speed offered by SSDs, which have become standard Read More...

Comparing pSLC and SLC

  If you have researched NAND flash storage recently, you may have encountered terms like pSLC and SLC. Understanding what these terms mean and how they differ from each other has an enormous impact on your ability to get the best storage for your application. There are big differences between these kinds of storage, and in fact, the differences between all NAND flash storage formats are significant enough to have a major impact on the functioning of your device. Choosing Read More...

Spotlight on 128GB mSATA Features

  The introduction of Mini-SATA, or mSATA, to the market in 2009 was a game-changer for devices with small form factors, since it allowed these devices to use the hugely popular SATA interface. mSATA can be found in a huge range of laptops, netbooks, and other mobile devices, thanks to its high data transfer rates, easy compatibility, and business-card size. mSATA is available in a variety of different capacities, with both MLC and SLC NAND flash options, so it is Read More...

Industrial SD Card 101

  An industrial SD card is a NAND flash-based memory card that are ideal for use in industrial applications that have high demands for endurance and ruggedness. They are easy to add to and remove from host applications as needed, thanks to the widely compatible Secure Digital design. Industrial SD cards are found in a huge variety of industrial applications, since they can easily be used for everything from read-only processes that are common in gaming systems to boot media Read More...

SMART Data SSD Reporting: What It Is and How to Read It

  SMART data reporting is the key to monitoring the performance of your SSD and pinpointing issues before they cause a critical failure. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, and it is a feature that is incorporated into most SSDs. The trick to using this reporting tool effectively is understanding the data that are being produced and how to interpret them, so you can make the right decisions about your application. There is no single, industry-wide standard used Read More...

Answering Questions about 32GB mSATA

  mSATA SSDs are a form of solid state drive (SSD) that follows the design specifications created by the SATA International Organization (SATA-IO). This version of the wildly popular SATA SSD interface is smaller in size, so that it can be used in devices which do not have the space for a full-size SSD and for which engineers and OEMs wish to reap the benefits of SATA technology. At about the size of a business card, mSATA can be found Read More...

What You Need to Know about High Capacity Flash Drive Options

  The demand for ever-increasing amounts of data storage means that the need for a high capacity flash drive continues to increase. The technology for flash drives has advanced dramatically in recent years, and although a flash drive may not offer the same kind of capacity as a solid state drive (SSD) or a hard disk drive (HDD), there are some flash drives available with impressively large storage capacities. These flash drives are not typically designed for the average consumer, Read More...

Understanding Embedded Cards

  Embedded cards are used in embedded systems to perform specific functions. For example, embedded flash memory cards provide data storage and read and write operations for devices. The user can’t see the embedded card functioning and may not even know it is there, but without it, the device would not perform the tasks it is supposed to do. Embedded cards can perform a wide range of functions, depending on the needs of the host system, and they are vital Read More...

Wear Leveling USB Flash Drive Basics

  USB flash drives are one of the most widely recognized storage devices for both consumers and technology professionals. They can be easily plugged into a variety of devices that have designated USB ports, and they allow for fast and reliable data transfer and storage. In USB flash drives, one way that data storage is managed efficiently—so that the memory can be used to its full capacity—is with wear leveling. Wear leveling is commonly seen in solid state drives, or Read More...