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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...

Industrial SATA for Factory Automation

  In today’s factory settings, automation is non-negotiable. Plants are adding new automation tools constantly, and embedded flash storage is essential for machine control. To achieve the goals of higher production speeds, reliable automation, and fail-proof data management, many factories are relying on industrial SATA SSDs to get the job done. Industrial SATA offers the kind of reliability necessary for automation, even in rugged environments like factories where temperatures, vibrations, and shock levels may be high. Don’t let your factory Read More...

Technical Success Stories: SLC SD Card- Finding the Right Solution

  As flash technology evolves, it is becoming increasingly challenging to compare memory devices. At one point, simply checking to see if a device used SLC or MLC flash was enough. Now, there are things like TLC, eMLC, and 3D NAND on the market, making it increasingly difficult for developers and OEMs to determine what is the right fit for them.   In the past, checking the P/E cycles, or Program/Erase cycles, of the flash was helpful, and then the TTW, or Read More...

What Are Industrial Grade Products?

  If you’re looking for NAND flash memory products, then you have likely encountered both industrial and consumer grade options. Each of these kinds of products has its place, but choosing the wrong one could lead to serious complications for your application, from device failures to budgetary breakdowns. If you have an industrial application, it’s important to choose an industrial grade product. Failing to do so could cost you a significant amount of time and money in the future as Read More...

Questions Answered about Industrial MLC microSD

  Industrial MLC microSD cards combine the benefits of MLC microSD technology with features that are usually reserved for SLC-based products. Whether you’re looking for an MLC microSD for a dashboard cam or a high-capacity video system, an industrial grade product will give you the reliability you need. Many customers have questions when selecting an industrial MLC microSD. The answers to these frequently asked questions will help you select the right product for your device.   What is an industrial MLC microSD Read More...

Secure Digital Card Overview

  If you’ve ever looked into options for embedded flash memory, then you are likely to have encountered a Secure Digital card, or SD card. SD is a type of flash memory card that has been on the market since 1999, and thanks to consistent product upgrades and updates, it remains a popular choice for industrial devices that rely on stable, dependable data storage. SD cards are all designed using protocols established by the Secure Digital Association, so users can Read More...

SLC vs. MLC Life Span: What You Need to Know

  One of the key issues developers and OEMs have to consider when they are choosing SSDs and embedded storage for their applications is life span, and one of the key factors that influences life span is whether the SSD has single-level cell (SLC) or multi-level cell (MLC) storage. Considering the expected life span of an SSD will help developers and OEMs make a selection that fits the demands of their application appropriately, while balancing all other concerns. How does Read More...

SSD Reliability Test: How Long Do SSDs Last?

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, are becoming as ubiquitous now as hard disk drives, or HDDs, once were. Although many people originally considered them to be cost prohibitive, the pricing structure has changed, making it possible for engineers and OEMs to embrace SSDs for both commercial and industrial grade products. However, the lingering question many people have is not about cost, but longevity. If you’re considering an SSD, you will be relieved to know that these drives last for Read More...

Explaining NAND Flash Memory

  NAND flash memory is at the core of most embedded storage devices and SSDs. It is a non-volatile form of memory, which means it doesn’t require power to store data, and is considered to be both versatile and reliable. In the past five years, use of NAND flash memory has become widespread in both consumer and industrial applications that need a reliable form of storage that doesn’t require a power source. You can find NAND flash memory in everything Read More...

Understanding the Differences Between Commercial Grade and Industrial Grade Memory

  If you are shopping for flash storage devices, then you will quickly realize that there is a big distinction between commercial grade and industrial grade embedded storage products. Commercial grade flash memory is what you will find in devices like laptops, cellphones, and cameras. Industrial grade flash memory is found in applications in which data storage is critical and that are used in conditions that would push commercial grade storage past its limits. Here is a closer look at Read More...

A Look at the Features of the Industrial Grade CFast Card

  An industrial grade CFast card combines the advantages of Compact Flash technology with the SATA interface. For applications that rely on data integrity and need to be up 100% of the time, CFast is an ideal solution, even for challenging embedded environments. The industrial grade CFast card offers extended temperature ranges and a high tolerance for rugged operating conditions, which is why you’ll find it used in healthcare, transportation, aerospace, communications, and other industries in which data loss is Read More...

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about M-2 SSD

  M-2 SSDs are designed specifically for use in devices that require a very small form factor and that are power constrained, such as very thin laptops. Originally known as Next-Generation Form Factor, or NGFF, this SSD supports multiple interfaces, including SATA, and delivers higher speeds than older SATA drives. If you are considering using an M-2 SSD in your application, here are the answers to some of the questions that are likely to be on your mind.   What makes M-2 Read More...

Using the Industrial Grade 10-Pin USB DOM

    If you have used a desktop, laptop, smartphone, or other computing device in the last decade, there is a good chance you have used a USB port at some point. USB ports are ubiquitous across devices in both the consumer and industrial markets and are designed so that there is a standard way to connect devices to a host system. Although the USB port is often used for external USB connectors, it can also be used for other kinds Read More...

What Is eMMC?

  eMMC stands for embedded MultiMediaCard. It refers to an embedded technology in which both the flash memory and the flash memory controller are on the same die. This technology was developed as an embedded version of the MultiMediaCard in 1997, and since then, it has been integrated into a wide range of products. Industrial grade eMMC technology is ideal for rugged operating conditions and is widely used, especially in trains, where it must withstand high temperatures, shock, and vibration Read More...

Facts about Flash Storage

  Flash storage is a form of memory that is found in an enormous array of devices. It is a nonvolatile form of memory, meaning that it can store data even when the system is turned off. This is a huge advantage over DRAM and other forms of volatile data storage. Flash storage uses cells to store data that are written using an electrical charge on cards that are usually embedded in an application. You can find flash storage in Read More...

Exploring the Basics of SATA Flash

  SATA is the most widely used interface for solid state drives, or SSDs, today. It supports the use of flash memory, which offers much higher operating speeds than HDDs, or hard disk drives. HDDs have increasingly fallen out of favor in recent years, thanks to the increased capacities and improved processing speeds of SSDs, and SATA interfaces have made these transitions possible. SATA flash drives can be found in a huge variety of both consumer and industrial grade products. Read More...

What is a Controlled BOM? How Does It Work?

  What is a Controlled BOM (Bill of Materials) Delkin manufactures cards for the complete spectrum of users, from simple µSD cards for the casual user to very advanced SSD users for OEM computers. This article will focus more on the OEM user’s needs for a controlled BOM rather than the casual card user. Once an OEM user has qualified a solution, they want to be assured that the part they purchase is the same part that was purchased last time, and Read More...

Understanding CompactFlash Card Durability

  CompactFlash is a form of NAND flash memory that is found in a wide array of devices, from point-and-shoot cameras to high level, industrial grade applications. It is one of the most widely recognized and used mass storage devices available, and it has been a favorite with users since it was introduced in 1994. Since that time, CompactFlash cards have of course been updated to keep up with changing technology needs, and today’s versions remain in demand, thanks to Read More...

Digital Signage Applications’ Embedded Systems

  In the past, digital signage applications have relied on standard PC platforms in order to get the best possible performance. However, embedded systems have improved in leaps and bounds, and now, there are good reasons for designers and end users to pick them over PC platforms. Unfortunately, myths about embedded systems and their effectiveness in digital signage applications persist, and they often prevent digital signage customers from getting the maximum potential from their designs. This is especially problematic for Read More...

Electronic Coating 101

  The electronic circuit and other components inside your SSDs and flash memory devices are vulnerable to environmental damage. If damage occurs, the device may require a repair or even be rendered completely useless. To protect these systems, a coating is applied. Electronic coating can be completed with conformal coating or encapsulating resin, though conformal coating tends to be more popular.   Why do the electronic components need protection? Electronic circuit boards and other components might seem like they are protected, but in Read More...

What Is a Ruggedized SSD?

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, were once used exclusively for rugged operating conditions. However, the commercial market has now embraced SSDs over hard disk drives, or HDDs. As a result, not all SSDs created today are intended for use in rugged operating conditions. With this in mind, it’s essential for industrial users to ensure that the SSD they are choosing can actually stand up to the environmental demands of their application. This means choosing a ruggedized SSD for the Read More...

Answering Questions about NAND Memory Manufacturers

  When you’re choosing a NAND industrial flash storage device, the manufacturer is likely to be one of the factors that you consider. Despite the demand for NAND flash storage, there are a surprisingly small number of manufacturers in the business. Each puts its own attention on NAND memory customization options and level of working on solutions for OEMs., so it’s important to choose the right NAND memory manufacturer for your application’s needs. Here are the answers to some of Read More...

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 one 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...