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FAQs about Conformal Coating Benefits

  Solid state drives (SSDs) and memory cards are inevitably exposed to environmental conditions that can, over time, cause damage that impacts performance. Although industrial embedded storage is engineered to withstand demanding operating conditions, it’s virtually impossible to fully prevent SSDs and memory cards from being exposed to moisture, dust, and other environmental contaminants. These can shorten the lifespan of embedded memory devices and impact functionality. To address this problem, conformal coating can be added to memory cards and SSDs...
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Customer Success Stories: Evaluating NAND Storage Solutions in Embedded Memory Cards

  For customers shopping for industrial embedded storage solutions, comparing different SLC memory cards is critical. This process used to be simple. Comparing storage solutions essentially came down to comparing what kind of flash the memory card used. As technology has evolved, these comparisons have become more complicated. This is especially true in light of the introduction of enterprise MLC, TLC, and 3D NAND.   Comparing the program and erase (P/E) cycles of different storage solutions was a popular option for some...
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Industrial Flash Storage Encryption and Security Features

 For industrial flash storage, data security encryption is a critical consideration. This kind of memory is used within devices that frequently contain sensitive data in industries such as healthcare, transportation, and automation, as well as governmental and military applications. If data can be accessed by unintended parties, the security risks are enormous.   Great strides have been made in technology that have allowed flash storage to provide reliable encryption and security. Additionally, industrial flash storage is always designed with data integrity...
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Embedded Systems for Power Applications

  When it comes to applications in the power industry, unreliability is simply not an option. Failures can have drastic impacts on homes, businesses, and even entire communities. Reliability is a driving factor in the search for embedded memory solutions for devices used in the power industry, which leads most power industry suppliers to rely on industrial grade embedded memory solutions. This kind of memory provides the reliability necessary for power applications that are frequently used in rugged operating conditions....
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Industrial Flash Storage for Ag Tech Applications

  The agricultural industry is the driving force behind one of the most critical pieces of national infrastructure: the nation’s food supply. Although hands-on, physical labor remains important in agriculture, technology is central to how the industry produces food safely and efficiently. In fact, agricultural technology, or ag tech, has changed the way food production works. It has made it possible to feed more people across the globe than ever before. Because ag tech is almost always used in harsh...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Industrial USB

USB storage is one of the oldest and most recognizable forms of memory on the market. However, it remains as relevant and powerful as ever. For industrial devices, removable and embedded industrial USB memory both play an important role in providing powerful and secure storage, even in rugged operating conditions. Partially because USBs are so familiar and because most people have used them for storage of noncritical data, many industrial OEMs and designers have questions about how to use...
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Customer Success Story: Finding the Link Between a Locked BOM, Speed, and Performance

  At Delkin, many of our customers tell us that one of the key features they consider in choosing our industrial NAND storage solutions is that Delkin offers a locked BOM. “BOM” stands for bill of materials. Having a locked BOM means that no changes will be made to the flash, firmware, or controller of a memory product without a notification being sent to current customers and a new product number being issued.   For engineers and OEMs, this advanced warning is critical....
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Get the Facts about Embedded Memory Design

  Embedded memory drives technology for consumer, commercial, and industrial marketplaces. Virtually every bit of technology you use likely has some kind of embedded memory that allows it to function. There are many different types of embedded memory, designed for different devices used in a range of environments. For instance, industrial embedded memory can withstand the rugged operating conditions that are common for industrial devices. Although embedded memory design can vary, there are some standard features that are used across...
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Answering Your Questions about Industrial CFexpress

  The challenge with today’s industrial devices is designing them to meet two competing demands: users need devices that are small in size, but powerful in terms of storage and speed. Fortunately, advances in the embedded memory marketplace have made it possible to achieve both of those goals, with smaller-than-ever memory cards that offer previously unheard of storage capacities and speeds. One example of such a memory solution is CFexpress.   Industrial CFexpress represents the evolution of the ever-popular CompactFlash storage design....
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How to Find an Industrial Storage Supplier

Industrial storage suppliers are not all the same. While embedded memory is the norm for most of today’s technology, devices that require industrial memory have unique needs. As a result, they also require specialized storage providers. Even within the realm of companies that specialize in industrial embedded memory, suppliers are not interchangeable. For designers and OEMs, finding the right industrial storage supplier is a key part of creating efficient, reliable applications. If you’re looking for industrial embedded memory, consider...
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FAQs about M.2 2242

  If you’re looking for a flash memory form factor that is adaptable to a wide range of applications, look no further than M.2. On the market since 2013, M.2—formerly called NGFF—is an alternative to mSATA for engineers and designers who are looking for the small size of mSATA, but in a more flexible form. Despite its small size, M.2 delivers extremely powerful results, especially in industrial devices that depend on its high-quality flash memory. M.2 is available in different...
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MLC NAND Flash Datasheet

  For customers looking for industrial storage, SLC and MLC NAND flash are two common considerations. Each form of NAND flash has its own advantages and disadvantages. Although SLC NAND flash is considered to be the most reliable form, its design means that the storage capacity can be limited. MLC NAND flash typically has a shorter lifespan than SLC NAND flash, but it offers the additional storage some industrial customers require. For industrial customers who are considering using this kind...
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Customer Success Stories: Evaluating NAND Storage Options in Embedded Memory Cards

  For customers shopping for industrial embedded NAND storage solutions, comparing different SLC memory cards is critical. This process used to be simple. Comparing storage solutions essentially came down to comparing what kind of flash the memory card utilized. If the card utilized SLC flash, it would provide industrial-level storage; if it utilized MLC flash, it was for the commercial market instead. However, as technology has evolved, these comparisons have become more complicated. This is especially true in light of...
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Answering Questions about Industrial Flash Storage for Aerospace Applications

  The need for data security can hardly be higher than it is in aerospace applications. With these applications, it is necessary to combine inscrutable data security with rugged operability. As a result, aerospace applications require specialized solutions for flash memory. Initially, aerospace adopted flash storage slowly and cautiously. However, now that it is the preferred memory format, customized solutions for industrial flash storage for aerospace applications have been developed to meet the demands of the industry.   Because of the specialized...
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What You Need to Know about CF Industrial Memory

  CompactFlash, or CF, is one of the oldest and most recognizable forms of flash memory available. It was initially introduced in 1994 and has been used in countless devices across different markets. You can find CF cards in everything from consumer digital cameras to complex, industrial medical devices. CF cards are particularly popular for use in devices that store high-resolution images.   Far from being outdated, CF industrial memory has remained a popular choice thanks to the many revisions the form...
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Answering Questions About 2.5 SSD, M.2, & mSATA Technology

  SATA SSDs are an enduringly popular legacy product for industrial users whose devices have SATA interfaces and who need the speed and security of a solid state drive (SSD). SATA SSDs have been particularly popular with SATA HDD users who want to make the leap to an SSD and reap the benefits of that technology. The 2.5” SATA SSD is the most popular size and is used in countless industrial applications. If you’re considering using industrial 2.5 SSD SATA,...
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Industrial Flash Storage for Government Applications

Rugged, industrial flash storage is the required standard for many government applications. There are many advantages to using industrial flash storage, including some benefits that satisfy the unique needs of government applications and the demand for stringent security these applications have. Industrial flash storage cards from Delkin can also be customized to perform as optimally as possible in military and government applications. Here is what you need to know about the features of this kind of embedded memory and...
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Customer Success Story: Designing Applications Around Technological Advancements

  Engineers and designers behind technological industrial applications have a challenging balancing act. They need to design applications with industrial-grade performance that offer longevity and won’t soon be outdated. However, they also need to consider budgetary constraints and the needs of the device and its users.   Many engineers try to achieve longevity by incorporating the latest technological advancements into their designs. This begs the question: Is this always the best choice? As Delkin discovered while assisting one customer, using the latest...
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CFast SATA FAQs

  CompactFlash entered the storage market in 1995, and was long a familiar and reliable choice for both consumers and industrial users in search of memory for a variety of devices. However, as device designs evolved and their capacities and speeds grew, CompactFlash was left on the outside, unable to meet the increased demands of users. Instead of becoming irrelevant, however, the CompactFlash Association created an alternative: CFast. CFast uses the faster SATA interface, rather than the PATA interface used...
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Automotive Grade SSD: Combining Reliability with Rugged Performance

  Gone are the days when cars were comprised solely of mechanical systems. Today, the automotive industry relies on computerized technologies to make things run. In auto repair shops and on auto assembly lines, you’re more likely to find people checking for error codes than broken spark plugs. This new reliance on technology in the automotive industry has resulted in an increasing demand for reliable, embedded memory systems that can withstand the rugged operating conditions found in vehicles. For many...
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Industrial Flash Storage for Agricultural Applications

  Technology has changed the way most industries operate, and the agricultural industry is no exception. Thanks to advances in digital applications for the agricultural sector, smart farming is now a reality. These technologies have made it possible to collect large amounts of data from machinery, track crop dusting equipment, and much more.   At the core of these smart farming advances is industrial flash storage. This kind of embedded memory provides the rugged, reliable data storage that agricultural applications need. With...
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Industrial Flash Storage for Elevator Control Systems

  Modern elevator systems rely on automation for safe operation. Industrial flash storage for elevator control systems provides fast, low-power storage that can withstand the demanding operating conditions that are present within elevators. This kind of storage allows for easy and reliable programming to improve functionality and safety. The design of industrial flash storage, as compared to other kinds of memory, makes it particularly useful for elevator control systems. Here is what you need to know.   Understanding Elevator Control System Basics An...
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SLC NAND – Built for Industrial Applications

  Industrial applications require non-volatile storage devices that are extremely reliable, robust and have an extended life cycle. Delkin SLC NAND Industrial storage devices meet these rigorous requirements by utilizing SLC (Single Level Cell) flash memory, the ultimate in NAND technology. SLC flash memory is ideal for industrial applications needing high endurance, ruggedness in harsh environmental conditions and long life cycles. The flash memory mainstream markets, such as enterprise applications, are driven by maximum capacity and performance along with lowest possible...
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Factory Automation: How Flash Memory Can Help

  Picture a factory operating at its peak production potential. Chances are that you envision a line filled with hands-on workers who each complete a very specific part of the production process. However, today’s factories bear little resemblance to this outdated vision of how factories operate. Modern factories rely on factory automation to achieve the most efficient levels of operation. New automated operations are constantly being added. These changes increase efficiency, lower costs, boost output, and reduce loss associated with...
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Customer Success Story: The Advantages of Industrial CF Cards for the Power Industry

  At Delkin, we operate with the understanding that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution for embedded storage, especially for power industry applications. The most important goal we have with every customer is finding the best storage solution for their unique needs. Though we know our memory cards inside and out, no one can predict exactly how a storage device will behave inside a host device until it is actually used in a real-world setting. Differences in...
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Industrial Flash Storage in Aerospace

How can the aerospace industry manage massive amounts of data in extreme environmental conditions? Using industrial flash storage in aerospace systems is the answer. A jet can produce hundreds of gigabytes of data every minute it is in operation. It is necessary to not only have storage that is capable of handling that amount of data, but that can do so in conditions with extreme temperatures and high levels of shock and vibration. For the aerospace industry, industrial flash...
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Solving Capacity Issues with SLC NAND Flash Memory

  For industrial applications, embedded memory has to function flawlessly, even in demanding operating conditions. This demand for reliability means that SLC NAND flash memory has become the gold standard for industrial applications in industries ranging from healthcare to transportation. However, as the market continues to grow for embedded memory for industrial applications, the demand for high-capacity memory also continues to grow. One of the key features of SLC flash memory is also a feature that constrains capacity. Increasingly, users...
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SSD Utility for Industrial Devices

  With industrial devices, downtime can be costly, disruptive, and, in some cases, dangerous. For many users, SSD Utility is a critical part of avoiding downtime. SSD Utility is a software management program that developers can integrate into a solid state drive (SSD). It monitors the operations of the drive and detects performance issues or unexpected activities that could signal a problem. When users are alerted to these issues, they can take steps to make the appropriate adjustments to avoid...
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What You Need to Know about Custom uSD

  If you have a need for embedded flash storage with a small form factor, there is a good chance that you have considered uSD cards. These memory cards—also called microSD cards—offer high-powered flash memory for small devices that use the Secure Digital (SD) interface. You will find many uSD cards in devices made for the consumer market, from smartphones to cameras, but they are also used in the industrial market. Customizations allow industrial users to get flash storage that...
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Medical Devices and Industrial Flash Storage

  Industrial flash memory has played an important role in advances throughout the healthcare industry. You can find flash memory at work in imaging and diagnostic tools, and increasingly, you will also find it in medical devices. Medical devices may be used by a doctor or nurse as part of a patient’s care plan. Patients may also use medical devices on their own. There is no margin for error when it comes to data storage in medical device applications. Because...
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Industrial Flash Storage for Industrial Kitchen Controls

For industrial kitchens, industrial flash storage plays a critical part of ensuring quality control and accurate data reads in everything from industrial refrigeration to industrial oven settings. Automation allows processes to work as efficiently as possible, while also removing the risk of human error from the equation. At the core of effective automation is industrial flash memory. Industrial flash memory is specifically designed to provide reliable data storage in rugged environments. Of particular relevance for industrial kitchen lines is...
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Customer Success Story: Long-Term Rugged SD Card Solutions

  Background- Looking for SD Card Solutions  A customer reached out to Delkin in frustration over the SD cards that they had purchased from another supplier and were looking for better SD card solutions. The customer had been using the same SD cards from that same supplier for years. However, they suddenly didn’t seem to be working the same way. The customer couldn’t understand what the problem was or how to solve it. They were frustrated that the SD card malfunctions...
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Bringing Reliability, Capacity, and Speed Together in a microSD Card

  MicroSD cards—the smaller version of traditional SD cards designed for small devices—are a popular choice for flash memory in both consumer devices, like smartphones, and in industrial applications. Since the introduction of the microSD card, this storage format has evolved alongside the technologies it supports. These cards offer ever-increasing speeds and capacities, along with the kind of reliability that makes them viable for industrial users. Today, you can get a microSD card with 128GB capacity. This is 1,000...
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Custom Compact Flash

  Compact Flash—also written as CompactFlash or CF—is a widely used type of storage for consumer and industrial markets. Although consumer grade CF cards are easy to find and use, industrial CF cards are different. Consumer CF is a removable form of storage, while industrial CF is embedded storage specifically designed to meet the unique needs of industrial applications and operating environments. For industrial users, custom Compact Flash cards are essential for ensuring that their embedded storage works as efficiently...
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Custom USB FAQs

  Virtually everyone has had experience with USB storage. It is one of the most recognizable forms of storage on the market today, and is used by everyone from consumers to specialized industrial companies. Designed with flash storage, USBs offer large storage capacities and the convenience of portability. When designed for the industrial market, they also provide upgraded features that are necessary for rugged operating conditions. For industrial users, in addition to portable, external USB flash drives, there are also...
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Understanding Embedded Flash Memory Design

  Embedded flash memory is the key to operations for a laundry list of devices, applications, as well as complex and sensitive industrial systems. Embedded memory design has changed over the years from relying on mechanical disks to utilizing electronically programmed flash memory. These changes have allowed embedded memory design to achieve significant advances in terms of reliability, capacity, and power. At the same time, embedded memory has decreased in size to accommodate the push for small devices. Here is...
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Comparing Solid State Storage Companies

  Not all solid state storage companies are created equally. Although it can be tempting to think that one SLC SSD is the same as another, that’s simply not the case. With Delkin, in addition to getting our high-quality products, you also get unmatched support and personalized service. This ensures that you obtain the best critical data storage at the right price for your business. When you’re considering solid state storage companies, be sure to keep in mind the following...
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Customer Success Stories: SMART Cards for Embedded Memory

  A fact of life with embedded flash memory is that it will eventually need to be replaced. The structure of flash memory is such that it has a limited lifespan. However, there are many things you can do to extend the life of the embedded memory you have and to manage the end of life process strategically to minimize disruption. SMART card commands found in industrial embedded memory cards play an important role in this process.   At Delkin, a core...
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Delkin Devices and the Industrial Applications Market: Storage Solutions for Industrial Environments

  At Delkin, we serve a diverse industrial applications marketplace with wide-ranging storage needs. The one thing that unites all of these customers is their demand for industrial storage that maintains its integrity in demanding operating conditions. Delkin is an industry leader in this kind of storage, which we design using NAND flash memory in multiple form factors. From industrial storage for mission critical data to storage for custom industrial applications, the team at Delkin can work with clients from...
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Guide to Embedded Multimedia Card (eMMC)

  Embedded Multimedia Card (eMMC) General Description Designed for a wide range of applications in consumer electronics, mobile phones, handheld computers, navigational systems and other industrial uses, routers, eMMC (embedded multimedia card) is an embedded non-volatile memory system, comprised of both flash memory and a flash memory controller, which simplifies the application interface design and frees the host processor from low-level flash memory management. This benefits product developers by simplifying the non-volatile memory interface design and qualification process – resulting in...
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Technical Success Stories: Delkin Matches Product & Testing to Unique Environmental Requirements

  CompactFlash as a form factor has been a stable, industrial, storage medium used by many embedded product OEM’s for more than 20 years.  The standard uses a simple, 50 pin connector designed to mimic a HDD in its interface.  The ruggedness and simplicity of the design, and ease of product testing has made it one of the most popular choices for rugged storage. The combination of allowing four physical chips, and encasing the memory in a rugged container, made it...
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Managing Errors in NAND Flash Based Devices

    General In today’s systems, having a Nor flash (protected) bios supporting system boot from USB or SATA/IDE drives, SD cards and CF cards is now the choice for design, and these devices are typically industrial NAND flash based. Nor flash (protected) is part of the design to help in managing errors in NAND flash. NAND flash comes in different technologies:SLC (Single Level Cell) MLC (2 Level Cell – which can be used as Pseudo SLC) TLC (Triple Level Cell) 3D – (X-Y-Z axis grid...
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The Benefits of Using Industrial Flash Storage for Embedded Computing Applications

    Industrial grade flash storage devices have a higher endurance, a locked BOM, longer life cycles, wider temperature ranges, and overall superior performance. That’s why they are widely used in HPEC or High-Performance Embedded Computing where a long-lasting computing performance is expected. When it comes to HPEC applications, it’s important to consider the impacts of endurance, compliance, and reliability that industrial flash storage can offer. Before selecting the industrial flash storage device for embedded computing applications, let’s review the features...
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Industrial IoT Applications Requiring Industrial Flash Storage

  Across the globe, many industries are on the crossover of revolution and many manufacturers have a new priority for their business. Numerous technologies based on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are expanding exponentially and becoming more important in industries such as manufacturing, energy, healthcare and retail. Industrial IoT has sparked a new wave of transformation and is quickly changing the way we do things. One of the biggest challenges about the IIoT systems is that they generate massive amounts...
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Answering Common Questions about SMART SSDs

 SMART is a critical technology for SSDs, or solid-state drives. It makes locating the source of a failure simple and helps to reduce the occurrence of future failures. SMART SSD monitoring and performance is an important tool for industrial applications that use industrial Flash storage. Here are answers to common questions that will help you clear up any confusion about SMART and SSDs.   What is SMART? SMART is an acronym that stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. As the name...
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Medical Device Flash Storage: Factors to Consider

  Hospitals and other medical organizations have grown increasingly reliant on technology to deliver patient care and coordinate medical information. The result is a vast quantity of medical information that requires secure and reliable storage for any medical device. Medical hardware and flash storage naturally go hand-in-hand. When choosing a flash storage solution for medical data, there are a few important considerations OEMs must keep in mind.   The Average Size of Medical Files Medical files typically contain large amounts of data,...
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Technical Success Story: Digital Signage Life Cycle Management

  Digital signage is a critical way of conveying information for a business or an essential task. Consistency in displays is crucial for maintaining a professional brand image, keeping travelers informed, or signaling traffic alerts. When a digital sign fails due to a flash storage card reaching the end of its lifespan, this malfunction is highly visible and reflects poorly for the application at hand or could even pose a danger. In some cases, the proper functioning of digital signage...
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Industrial SLC microSD

  With the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), applications increased popularity for the industrial market, and the size of the applications shrink the storage requirements become more critical. IIoT requires storage with a small form factor, industrial temperatures, robustness, reliability, and low power. SLC microSD (aka Trans Flash) integrates all these requirements in a small SiP (System in Package).   Delkin Industrial SLC microSD (Single Level Cell) solutions are widely adopted in industrial applications. Delkin Industrial SLC microSD is a controlled Bill...
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What is a Locked BOM? How Does It Work?

  What is a Locked BOM (Bill of Materials) Once an OEM has qualified a solution, they want to be assured that the part they purchase is the same part that was purchased last time, and will be the same in the future.  This can produce some challenges due to part availability and obsolescence. This is where a locked BOM comes in and is an important part of lifecycle management. Delkin has methods of mitigating these problems through creative supply chain management...
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Technical Success Stories: SLC SD Card Solution- Terabytes Written & Drive Writes

  “We were told that Terabytes Written (TBW) and Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD) are the best way to compare NAND storage.” The technology surrounding SLC SD cards, and Industrial Grade Flash storage in general is making it harder and harder to compare one solution, or one supplier to another.  It used to be as easy as comparing SLC flash and MLC flash, but eventually this progressed into TLC, eMLC (Enterprise MLC) and now 3D NAND.  For some time, the preferred...
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