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FAQs about SSD Utility Grade

  SSDs, or solid state drives, are used in a huge array of industrial and commercial devices. As such, SSDs come in various grades and capacities to meet the needs of different designs and uses. Often, the choice of an SSD utility grade is a simple one. For industrial devices used in rugged operating conditions with extreme temperatures, shock, and vibration, using industrial grade SSDs with SLC flash is typical. For consumer products—where budget and capacity are often the leading...
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What is a 32GB mSATA drive?

  A 32GB mSATA drive is a solid state drive that uses the SATA interface. It is a common drive choice for netbooks, laptops, and other portable devices. This is thanks to its small size and low power consumption, as well as the ease of SATA compatibility. This form of mSATA drive is available with both SLC and MLC flash for industrial applications. Delkin’s industrial 32GB mSATA drive features extended temperature ranges and a high tolerance for shock and vibration.   SATA...
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Memory Manufacturers- Delkin Devices

  Contrary to popular belief, all memory manufacturers are not created equal. Even with memory cards that have standardized specifications, like Secure Digital (SD) cards, there are differences between manufacturers in terms of quality, service, and grade of memory offered. At Delkin Devices, we’re accustomed to working with customers with unique embedded storage needs, including those with needs for industrial storage that can tolerate rugged environments without any loss of functionality. Our team is also adept at helping clients find...
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Conformal Coating Benefits

  Memory cards and SSDs are often exposed to environmental conditions that could cause damage, such as moisture and dust. Even the most stringently produced embedded storage products are vulnerable to damage from this kind of exposure. The longevity of the memory device could be impacted, or damage could lead to a complete failure of the device. Fortunately, there is a way to protect the embedded components and delicate circuitry: conformal coating. There are many conformal coating benefits to consider....
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Industrial microSD for Conference Communications Systems

  Conference communications systems have rapidly become high tech in recent years. Although audio and visual technology have always played a role in conferencing, today, people can attend the same conference from far corners of the world. Many technology organizations have to be able to view presentations, weigh in on conversations, and participate as though they were present. This evolution of conference communications systems has changed the way that companies are doing business, but it has also created the need...
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Choosing Between Solid State Storage Companies

  The world of embedded storage has evolved quickly alongside devices that are becoming more powerful and smaller in size. Once dominated by hard disk drive storage, in which information was written on a spinning, magnetic disk, most embedded storage now comes in the form of solid state storage. Today’s computer systems can move faster than hard disk drive storage can provide data. The switch to solid state storage, or SSS, resolves this problem while offering many other advantages. However,...
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What Is a Secure Digital Card?

  If you have used a digital camera, video camera, smartphone, or music player in the past 20 years, you have almost certainly used a device with a Secure Digital card. These cards offer easy-to-install embedded storage for devices that require high-capacity, reliable memory. Secure Digital, or SD, cards are among the oldest memory devices on the market, but that doesn’t mean that they are outdated. Thanks to continual updates and a number of redesigns, secure digital cards are as...
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Technical Success Story: Benefits of 3D NAND

  Flash memory and solid state drives (SSDs), especially 3D NAND, have revolutionized the technology industry and changed the way that devices—from industrial applications to consumer products—are designed. However, there is a challenge with SSDs: storage capacity. Designers moved to SSDs because of the benefits they present over hard disk drives, or HDDs. With SSDs, because there are no moving parts, the drives are less prone to failures caused by mechanical malfunctions. They are also faster, since they don’t have...
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Industrial Flash Storage Market 2020 Predictions

  As with most areas of technology, the flash storage market has evolved quickly over the past few years, with new trends emerging at lightning-fast speed. The market is expected to maintain high levels of growth and fast speeds of change in 2020, particularly in the industrial subset of the market. Whether you’re an OEM, an engineer, a designer, or a tech investor, understanding industrial flash storage market predictions can help you plan for a successful year. Here’s a look...
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Facts about the 16GB Industrial microSD Card

  SD, or Secure Digital, cards were introduced to the market in 1999. Since then, thanks to a range of updates and redesigns, they have remained an in-demand storage format, particularly for mobile devices. One of the reasons why SD cards have remained popular is that they offer reliable storage in a small form factor. However, as devices have become increasingly small, the need for an even smaller form of storage has grown. This is where the microSD card enters...
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64GB CompactFlash Memory Card: What You Need to Know

  CompactFlash memory cards are among the oldest memory cards on the market. However, the fact that they have been around since 1994 does not make them obsolete. Thanks to ongoing upgrades over the years, CompactFlash cards play as big a role in the embedded flash storage market now as they did when they were first introduced. They are available in a variety of capacities and flash grades, making them a common choice for both consumer and industrial grade devices...
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32GB Industrial SD Card

  If you have ever used a portable device, such as a digital camera or mobile phone, there is a good chance that you have used a device with an SD card. SD, or Secure Digital, cards are an extremely popular form of embedded memory for both consumer and industrial applications. The cards are designed according to standards set by the Secure Digital Association. This allows designers and engineers to know exactly what to expect from an SD card, no...
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Taking a Closer Look at 2.5 SSD SATA

  Despite being a legacy product, 2.5 SSD SATA drives are among the most popular drives on the market today. There are many reasons why 2.5 SSDs with the SATA interface are popular, including the variety of storage capacities in which they are available. Many devices that were originally designed with a 2.5 SATA HDD have been configured for use with a 2.5 SATA SSD. Those that have not could almost certainly benefit from SSD compatibility. Why are 2.5 SSDs...
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Rugged Condition Flash Storage

  Flash storage is found in a huge number of devices and applications, from basic laptops used by consumers to high-level instruments in airplanes that are critical to flight safety. Because flash storage is found in so many different devices, it is not uncommon for flash memory to be used in rugged conditions. Unless flash storage has specifically been designed to withstand extreme operating environments, these rugged conditions can often cause issues with flash storage that result in data loss....
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What Is QLC Flash?

  When it comes to flash technology, there is an ever-present push for more storage capacity with lower ownership costs. For many years, the answer for OEMs and engineers looking for the highest possible storage capacity was TLC NAND flash. Now, TLC flash is quickly being replaced by QLC flash. QLC flash offers huge capacities at low costs, but there are downsides. So, what is QLC flash? Could it be the right choice for your device? Here is what you...
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M.2 2280 Explained

  Designers and OEMs who are considering their options for SSDs, or solid state drives, are likely to encounter the M.2 standard. This standard was designed to provide powerful data transfer speeds in a small form factor SSD. It is useful for devices with constrained space, such as mobile applications, laptops, and other small products. The M.2 format is an ideal alternative to mSATA, which is widely popular but has speed limitations. M.2 2280 refers to a specific size of...
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SSD Utility Cards

  For designers of industrial applications, there are a few factors that are critical when it comes to storage. One is finding a storage device that is reliable and won’t put critical data at risk. Another factor is ensuring that the storage system will not lose any reliability or functionality when faced with challenging operating conditions, such as environments with a significant amount of shock and vibration or in which temperature extremes are possible. In addition, industrial applications require rapid...
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What Is a CPU?

  At the core of any computing system is the central processing unit, or CPU. Many people mistakenly believe that the CPU is the computer itself, but it isn’t. Instead, you can think of the CPU as the brain that helps the computer perform all of the functions that it needs to. Essentially, everything a computing device does, from storing data to running operations, starts with and is facilitated by the CPU. The embedded memory system in your computing device...
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Get the Facts about Industrial M.2 SSD Options

  SSDs have replaced HDDs in terms of popularity in the majority of new device designs for many different reasons. As part of this change, there has been a growing need for faster SSD interfaces. M.2 SSDs solve the challenging problem of combining powerful performance with a small form factor drive. Industrial M.2 SSDs that are specifically designed for use in rugged conditions offer an important solution for devices in which a drive with a high degree of reliability, tolerance...
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What Is e-MLC?

  Multi-level cell flash, or MLC, is a commercial grade of flash memory used in a variety of different kinds of storage devices. This kind of flash is less reliable than single-level cell flash, or SLC flash, which is used in many kinds of industrial grade storage devices. Some developers choose MLC flash for industrial applications for a variety of reasons, including budgetary concerns and the need for enhanced capacities. However, for these developers, there is actually a middle ground...
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Taking a Closer Look at SSD SATA 3

  If you’re looking for a drive for a new device, chances are that you have encountered SSDs with SATA 3 technology. These drives offer the most reliable functionality and fastest SATA interface speeds available, making them a natural fit for industrial applications. Why should you consider an SSD instead of an HDD for your device, and how does SATA 3 fit into the picture? Here is what you need to know about SSD SATA 3.   What is the difference between...
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Examining the Benefits of SSD mSATA

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, are more reliable than their hard disk drive, or HDD, counterparts. In addition, they typically offer a longer lifespan. SSDs with mSATA interfaces adhere to the design specifications set out by the Serial ATA organization. Because SATA is such a familiar and widely used interface, mSATA SSDs are easily compatible with a variety of device designs. As such, they are extremely popular with device designers and OEMs. Although mSATA is not the only interface...
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Flash Storage Solutions in the IoT/IIoT

  Whether you notice it or not, the IoT, or Internet of Things, is changing the way you live and the way you relate to the world around you. The standalone items you use daily that used to work independently are increasingly interconnected, in an increasingly complex and constantly growing digital network. According to researchers, billions of objects will be connected to each other on a digital level within two years.  Continue reading for an overview of flash storage solutions...
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Flash Memory Solutions for Factory Automation

  Modern factories no longer rely on an assembly line of workers to get jobs done. Instead, automation is the key to efficient operations. New automation systems are constantly being added. Thanks to the evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, automation systems are increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Flash memory plays a key role in this evolution of automation. Because factory environments often have rugged conditions with high levels of shock and vibration, as well as temperature extremes,...
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Identifying the Best SD Card for a Specific Application

  At Delkin Devices, one of the most frequent questions we face from customers is about the strategy for choosing the best SD card. Because host applications can vary so greatly, there simply is not a one-size-fits-all solution that works in every situation. Our customer applications team devotes a great deal of time to working individually with customers who are in the market for an industrial SD card. We ensure that they end up with a card that works as...
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Understanding PCIe

  If you’re in the market for embedded storage, one term you may encounter frequently is PCIe. PCIe stands for peripheral component internet express and refers to a connection interface for internal devices in a computer system. PCIe consists of expansion slots that can be found on the motherboard of a computer. These slots accept expansion cards that are designed with PCIe technology. In the past, ISA, AGP, and PCI were the most common connection interfaces in computing systems. However,...
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Transportation Applications Embedded Systems

  Embedded systems play a large role in transportation applications. They are used for a variety of purposes, from navigation to system performance and operational functions. However, the nature of transportation applications embedded systems is that they are used in operating conditions that are rugged and demanding. As such, any embedded system that is used has to be able to tolerate this kind of environment without any loss of functionality. Any failure of transportation applications could be extremely disruptive, and...
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Memory Electronics

  Memory electronics—internal or external storage devices for computing systems that use electronics to record and read data—have largely replaced magnetic tape-based memory devices, like hard disk drives. Electronic memory is at the core of flash memory, which is used in a huge number of different devices and applications. These include everything from consumer cellphones and cameras to high-tech, industrial systems in transportation and healthcare that handle critical data. The two most common forms of electronic memory are volatile and...
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Spotlight on 3D NAND Flash

  In the future, flash memory may be scaling vertically instead of horizontally. 3D NAND flash is a form of flash memory that focuses on increasing capacities without increasing the device size laterally. There are cost-saving benefits to 3D NAND flash designs, which makes them even more attractive to customers. However, alongside the benefits of 3D NAND flash, there are also some challenges, which means that the higher capacity levels available with 3D NAND flash may not be worth the...
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Energy Applications Embedded Systems

  Embedded systems are hardware and/or software systems inside of larger computing systems that perform a dedicated task or function. When it comes to energy applications, embedded systems are crucial. Embedded memory in energy applications not only has to be reliable, but it also has to be able to tolerate rugged conditions, including high operating temperatures. Failure of data storage in an energy application is not an option, as such an outage could have far-reaching implications for entire communities. Energy...
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FAQs about USB Embedded Systems

  When most people think of USBs, they think of the familiar external flash drives. These are easily portable and can be carried from one system to another, plugging into the interface of the host system through an external hub. This kind of data storage is extremely popular because it is so widely compatible and provides such a convenient method of transferring data from system to system. However, USB storage doesn’t have to be external. USB embedded technology combines the...
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Taking a Closer Look at Embedded Memory Design

  If you use an electronic device of any kind, you are almost certainly using a system with embedded memory. Embedded memory simply refers to memory systems that are inside of devices and incorporated into the larger operating system. When embedded memory designs are industrial grade, they are rugged enough to function in extreme operating conditions. There are multiple potential formats for embedded memory design, allowing developers and engineers to select the best fit for their products. Here are the...
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Why ELC Products Are Essential for Industrial Devices

  For industrial devices and applications, a long lifecycle for flash memory is important for many different reasons. Without a long lifecycle, memory will fail too quickly, which will dramatically increase the cost of keeping devices functional and up to date. Frequent memory failures can also lead to unexpected failures in the field, which can have far-reaching implications for devices used in transportation, healthcare, automation, digital communications, and more. These failures will put an additional financial burden on users that...
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Communications Applications Embedded Systems

  Within communications applications, flash memory in the form of embedded systems plays many roles. There are enormous demands on industrial flash memory when it comes to communication applications, from the need for high-density, fail-safe systems to wireless applications that are used in environments with high temperatures and high levels of shock and vibration. The key to all of these solutions is embedded memory that can stand up to rugged operating conditions. If you are looking for communications applications embedded...
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Secure Erase Data Features in Flash Memory

  An unavoidable issue that is associated with all electronics is data security. From individual smartphone users to major retailers that store sensitive data, maintaining the security of information stored on electronic devices is of major importance. Unfortunately, if electronic devices are lost or if private information remains on devices after they are discarded, then that sensitive data could easily fall into the hands of the wrong person. That is where Secure Erase data features come into the picture. With...
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FAQs about Flash Disk SATA

  SATA, or Serial ATA, is an interface that is used to create a connection between storage devices and the computer system in which they are used. SATA replaced PATA as the most common interface after its introduction in 2000, thanks to thinner connector cables and faster data transfer capacities. With several redesigns over the years, the SATA interface has kept up with changes in storage devices and computer systems. Flash disk SATA is something that OEMs and designers often...
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Industrial Flash Storage for Driving Automation

  Flash memory may not be the first thing people think about when they consider cars, but as vehicle technology advances, cars are becoming more and more data driven. Fully automated cars rely on an enormous amount of data, but even cars that don’t fall into that category have automated systems that utilize flash memory. Today’s car manufacturers have to be as savvy about choosing flash memory as they are about choosing tires and steering wheels. The role of flash...
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How Delkin Helped One Customer Overcome SD Card Lifespan Concerns

  The evolution of flash technology has been a good thing for developers and end users. However, it has created some complications. It has become more difficult to compare memory devices to determine which one is the best fit for a device and which will have the longest lifespan. Instead of simply choosing between SLC and MLC flash, developers and OEMs now have to consider a variety of options. These often include QLC,  and TLC. This makes it more likely...
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What Are the Benefits of High Endurance Flash Storage?

  When choosing flash memory, one of the most important factors to consider is endurance. Though every application’s endurance needs are unique, choosing the appropriate level of endurance will generally prevent problems with device failures and help to reduce costs. For many developers, choosing the highest level of endurance for flash memory is the right choice. There are several advantages to using high endurance flash storage that you should consider when you’re making a decision about memory for your industrial...
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Flash Disk SATA Drives

  Flash disk SATA drives are solid state drives or hard disk drives that use the SATA interface. The SATA interface forms the connection between the data on the drive and the main computer system. SATA replaced PATA—previously known simply as ATA—as an interface, and was favored thanks to its thinner, flexible cables, faster speeds, and higher transfer capacities. Flash disk SATA drives are found in a large number of applications and devices in both the consumer and industrial markets....
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Flash Storage Encryption

  Every file stored on a flash device is important, but some information requires more than a basic level of security. For many military and industrial applications, information is so sensitive that it must be protected from outside intrusion through encryption. With flash storage encryption, any data that falls into the wrong hands will not be readable, providing an additional layer of security for your sensitive data. Encrypting the data on your flash storage device will give you peace of...
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Understanding Industrial SD for Parking Technologies

  Parking technologies have progressed far beyond simply turning a car between two lines. Public parking facilities and parking assistance features inside cars have progressed to include advanced technologies that make parking easier, safer, and more efficient. Industrial Secure Digital( SD), cards are a common choice for these systems, thanks to their broad compatibility and reliable formats. The industrial grade rating means that the cards are able to tolerate the extreme operating conditions that may be encountered in parking situations,...
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High Temperature Storage Test

  For industrial devices, having storage that functions in high temperature environments is crucial. Storage that doesn’t work in extreme temperatures could cause problematic failures in the field for critical devices, including applications in healthcare, travel, and automation. When purchasing industrial grade flash storage, choose a manufacturer who conducts high temperature storage tests on their memory devices. A high temperature storage test is the only way to confirm that a memory device adheres to industrial level extended temperature standards.   What do...
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Taking a Closer Look at Embedded Module Options

  An embedded module is a self-contained component that is installed inside of a larger computer system to perform a single, specific task. One of the most crucial types of embedded modules is memory. Embedded storage systems for reading and writing data perform critical functions, often in rugged operating conditions. For this reason, it is important to consider the form and features of any embedded memory module installed in a device, particularly with industrial applications. Here is what you need...
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Answering Questions about SLC Temperature Ranges

  There are many reasons why industrial application designers and engineers opt for SLC flash memory. This industrial grade of flash offers the highest level of data security available, as well as the longest lifespan of any kind of flash memory. The temperature range of SLC is also significant to industrial device designers. SLC flash memory has to operate in rugged conditions in which temperature extremes or wide temperature fluctuations are possible without compromising the integrity of the data or...
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The Benefits of Low Power SSD Drives

  Many industrial device engineers have moved away from hard disk drives, or HDDs, for their storage needs. They instead turn to solid state drives, or SSDs. One of the leading advantages of SSDs is that they have lower power demands than HDDs. This makes them uniquely suited to the ever-growing need for drives that are smaller and more efficient. If you are considering an SSD for your application, read through the following benefits of using low power SSD drives.   Low...
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Understanding Embedded Flash Technology

  Flash technology is a popular form of memory for many applications, including small, portable devices used for consumer or industrial purposes. Embedded flash technology refers to embedded memory that is installed in a device and that is designed using flash technology. Some embedded flash memory options are non-removable, while other options may be in the form of removable memory cards. Embedded flash is available in a variety of capacities and specifications. As a result, it can be used in...
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Answering Questions about mSATA 128GB

  For industrial applications in fields such as automation, healthcare, and gaming, the mSATA 128GB capacity drive is a common form of storage. There are several advantages to using mSATA, including the reliable design, which is based on specifications set by the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO). Other benefits include the wide-ranging compatibility thanks to the familiar SATA interface and the high capacity offered in a small form factor. If you are considering using a 128GB mSATA in your device,...
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Utility Cards

  When choosing embedded storage, one of the most important things to consider is the grade of the storage device you select. For industrial users, industrial grade and commercial grade are the two most common forms of storage chosen, depending on the need for speed and security versus capacity. Utility cards are a middle-ground option for many applications. With a utility card, you can typically find extended temperature ranges and other industrial card features paired with MLC flash, which allows...
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Automation Applications Embedded Systems

  Automation applications are changing the way many different industries do business, from manufacturing to the automotive industry. Embedded systems are a big part of that change. Embedded systems are used extensively for automation purposes, as they allow devices to be small, agile, and fast-moving. Though embedded systems can be very complex and involve complicated user interfaces, many are very simple and perform only one task—but the task they perform may be critical to the operation of the system. Here...
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