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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...

FAQs about the Largest mSATA Drive on the Market

  Delkin’s focus is on providing rugged storage solutions for industrial users, so while we offer a variety of high-capacity products that are suitable for a vast number of customers, having the largest mSATA drive on the market has not been our area of focus. However, taking a closer look at the most supersized mSATA drive available is interesting and does help demonstrate how mSATA drives of all sizes function. The largest mSATA drive on the market is the 840 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 solid state drives (SSDs) to get the job done. Industrial SATA offers the kind of reliability necessary for automation, even in rugged environments like factories where temperature, vibration, and shock levels may be high. Don’t 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 QLC, 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 TBW, 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...