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Essential Facts about SMART SSD

 Solid state drives (SSDs) deliver the high performance and high capacity that OEMs need in their data storage solutions, but they’re also capable of much more. Some SSDs come equipped with SMART technology. If it’s been a while since you last dealt with SMART data, here’s a quick primer on SMART SSD solutions. A Quick Explanation of SMART DataSMART is an acronym for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. In other words, a SMART SSD has the ability to analyze itself Read More...

Understanding Commercial Temperature Range Electronics

 One of the most significant differentiators between commercial and industrial grade products is their temperature range. Commercial temperature range electronics typically operate at more moderate temperatures than industrial applications, so they usually do not need to use embedded flash storage that can handle extended temperature ranges. Here is what you need to know. Commercial Temperature RangesFlash storage solutions are divided into commercial and industrial categories based on their temperature ranges, among other factors. These temperature ranges refer to the temperatures Read More...

Why SLC SSD Drives Are an Excellent Option

 Single-layer cell (SLC) solid state drives (SSDs) are extremely popular, even though OEMs can also choose from multi-layer cell (MLC) and triple-layer cell (TLC) flash storage. SLC SSD drives are an excellent choice for a wide range of industry applications, including healthcare, embedded automotive solutions, aerospace, and military. The Remarkable Longevity of SLC DesignsSingle layer cell technology has a well-deserved reputation for longevity and reliability, making it the ideal choice for a wide range of enterprise applications. SLC is designed Read More...

Getting to Know the SLC NAND USB Flash Drive

USB flash drives are familiar to even novice computer users. Many people may remember carrying them on a keychain to transport documents to printers or music files to a friend. SLC NAND USB flash drives are different from these consumer models that are so familiar. They combine the convenience of USBs with the rugged operation capacity required for industrial use. These are used for devices in diverse industries, including healthcare, transportation, and military applications. What is an SLC NAND USB Read More...

Is Industrial USB the Right Storage Solution for Your Application?

 USB flash drives are one of the most common and well-recognized storage devices available. In fact, so many people are accustomed to seeing and using USBs that they don’t consider their viability for industrial applications. However, industrial USB solutions are available, and they provide a user-friendly, portable option for storage in high-pressure environments. They are an ideal solution for OEM designs in a variety of industries. Is this the right storage for your application’s needs? When to Choose Industrial USB Read More...

What You Should Know about Military SSD Solutions

The military has unique needs for flash storage that exceed even those of industrial grade products. Military solid state drives, or SSDs, are designed to meet those needs. Military SSDs are unique in their ruggedness, reliability, and erasability, allowing them to function in the most demanding of environments while providing the highest possible levels of security for some of the world’s most delicate data. SSDs provide superior protection for military users.SSDs are an alternative to HDDs, or hard disk Read More...

Using an Embedded USB Flash Module for Industrial Storage

 Embedded USB flash modules bring industrial grade storage with USB functionality to applications that need a flexible, small-sized storage solution. Nearly every processor supports USB interfaces, so this small-form embedded storage option is easy to adopt and integrate across a range of devices and applications. The embedded USB flash module—also known as eUSB—is valued for its low power consumption and fast access times. For many industrial applications, this storage solution is superior to other options. Embedded USB Flash Module Technical Read More...

FAQs about SD Card Industrial Grade Solutions

When choosing a storage solution for your application, don’t underestimate the value of SD card industrial grade devices. These are designed specifically for industrial applications that work using the secure digital interface. They offer a high level of performance, reliability, and endurance with industrial grade features. You can find SD card industrial grade solutions at work in applications in the automation, healthcare, and transportation industries, among many others. They can be used in small hosting devices without any compromise Read More...

mSATA Basics

 If you are looking for flash storage for a device with a small form factor, then mSATA might be the solution for you. Like its larger counterpart, SATA, it is designed following conventions set forth by the SATA-IO Group and JEDEC, and provides an impressive storage capacity in a small setting. Here is what you need to know: mSATA 101mSATA—or mini-SATA—was introduced during the 2009 SATA revision. It was designed to provide SATA SSD-quality flash storage capacity and performance in Read More...

SLC vs. MLC Performance: Quick Guide

 MLC and SLC flash are both reliable, effective NAND flash storage solutions. The challenge that engineers and OEMs face is choosing the right type of storage for their needs. Some applications are best suited to MLC flash, while SLC is a requirement for others. If you are considering these types of flash storage, read through the following comparison of SLC vs. MLC performance: Performance in DevicesMLC flash stores two bits of data per cell, while SLC stores one. MLC uses Read More...

All about SD Card Industrial Grade Solutions

 SD card industrial grade solutions are favored by OEMs for their robust capacity, high endurance, and rugged embedded design. These cards are designed with a low pin number and a small form factor, allowing manufacturers to easily insert them into products with limited space available for data storage. Here’s a quick look at what developers can expect from Delkin’s SD card industrial grade line. CompatibilityDelkin’s SD memory cards are designed to be compatible across a wide range of host devices. Read More...

Storage Insights #2 – Optimizing your Storage Device

Check out the full original post on the element14 Community Blog   Optimizing the Life of Storage Devices In our first Storage Insights post, we discussed that all SD cards are not equivalent, and how different NAND flash and card technologies can be applied to diverse applications for the same storage form factor.  In this edition, we will examine how the device is written to – in terms of both the controller technology and the application workload – can have a significant impact on Read More...

Comparing Compact Flash Card Types

 Compact Flash is a popular and rugged storage solution that’s often used by OEMs, particularly in the design of portable electronics. At Delkin, you’ll find the widest available range of Compact Flash card types. We offer three series of CF cards: the C400 Series, C500 Series, and C670 Series. Each is available with single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash technology. Customization options are available to meet the unique needs of different manufacturers. C400 SeriesThe C400 Series and the C400 Extended Life Read More...

SLC SSD FAQs

 For users in need of flash storage for an industrial application, an SLC SSD is a common choice. SSD stands for solid state drive, which is an alternative to HDDs, or hard disk drives. SSDs are considered to be more reliable than HDDs, and combining SLC NAND flash memory with SSDs offers even greater reliability. Some forms of SLC SSDs, such as SLC SATA III, meet military grade standards for reliability and are dependable for industrial functions in which Read More...

Spotlight on the SD Card Interface

Thanks to simplified design requirements and a serial interface, SD cards are popular with OEMs in industrial applications. The SD Card interface follows strict guidelines, taking guesswork out of the process and ensuring smooth, reliable operations. SD Card Interface BasicsSD Cards are used for NAND flash storage in applications that use the Secure Digital, or SD interface. The SD card interface is strictly controlled by the Secure Digital Association, which set very specific rules regarding the physical interface itself and Read More...

Using SLC Compact Flash 8GB Memory

SLC Compact Flash memory cards are available in a range of different capacities. Developers and OEMs who need SLC Compact Flash 8GB can select from multiple card series, including C400, C500, and C670 cards. All SLC Compact Flash products are designed with industrial grade features, including increased ruggedness and controlled BOMs. Compact Flash 101Compact Flash, or CF, is a line of flash memory cards that are designed to be used in a variety of consumer and industrial products. They are Read More...

Facts about the SATA Interface

SATA—or serial ATA—is a bridge between storage devices and host systems. It is the successor of the PATA interface and entered the market in 2003. The SATA interface is used in many SSDs and is also commonly found in HDDs and optical drives. The interface can be found in consumer devices and industrial applications in a wide range of sizes and designs. For engineers and OEMs considering the role of the SATA interface in their designs or looking for Read More...

Industrial SD for Controls and Automation Applications

For controls and automation applications, flash storage needs are complex. These applications often have to work in environments with heavy vibrations and shock as well as significant temperature fluctuations. To meet the demands of these rugged environments, developers of controls and automation applications frequently turn to industrial SD for their needs. What is industrial SD?Industrial SD is a type of NAND flash storage. It has been developed for industrial applications that use the Secure Digital interface and have the need Read More...

Technical Success Stories: Industrial and Commercial Flash Storage

 Because of how common consumer flash storage products are, some OEMs in need of an embedded solution for industrial applications consider them first. However, there are many reasons that opting for consumer storage for industrial flash storage is not always the right fit. Instead, engineers and OEMs can benefit from considering the usage model of the storage first when they are looking for a solution. Consumer storage products prioritize things that are right for consumer products, such as capacity and 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...

Considerations Beyond Specs for Industrial Storage Solutions

 Multiple flash memory options exist on the market, including triple-level cell (TLC), multi-level cell (MLC), single-level cell (SLC), and pseudo single-level cell (pSLC), which leaves developers facing many decisions when selecting storage for their applications. The key to choosing the right storage is understanding how flash storage works and how different storage-level effects impact the longevity and reliability of the memory. By understanding the mechanism through which flash memory functions, engineers and other developers will know what questions they Read More...

Understanding Embedded Memory Systems

 For new engineers, understanding complicated embedded computing systems and memory subsystems can be a challenge. The good news is that these systems are actually easier to understand than they seem on the surface. It is simply necessary to break down the parts of the systems to understand how they work. Understanding how embedded memory systems work makes it possible for engineers and OEMs to choose the right components for their applications. At a basic level, embedded memory contains volatile or Read More...

How OEMs Can Use MicroSD Cards for a Wide Range of Applications

 Thanks to their versatility, exceptional data capacity, and small form factor, microSD cards are an ideal choice for many types of applications. These small, yet durable storage solutions can instantly enhance data capabilities. Here’s a quick look at the possibilities for incorporating microSD cards into OEM applications. MicroSD Cards in the Automotive IndustryMotor vehicles continue to grow increasingly complex, with onboard computing systems that demand rugged and reliable storage options. In the automotive industry, microSD cards are the ideal storage Read More...

The Term ‘Industrial OEM’ Explained

 Industrial OEM is a term that generates some confusion if not explained clearly. It stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, but because people use the term in multiple ways, there is lingering ambiguity about the meaning. Industrial OEMs play multiple roles and are involved in the development of everything from digital signage to healthcare technology. OEMs as Parts ProducersOne role OEMs play in technology is manufacturing parts that are used in other products. For example, a company may make a Flash Read More...

What to Expect from a Rugged SD Card

 An SD card is one of the most widely used, reliable forms of Flash storage available. It is used successfully in a wide range of devices, including in industrial applications. For industrial users, a more rugged version of a traditional SD card is usually required to withstand the demands of environments with extreme temperatures or intense vibrations. Rugged, industrial SD cards have the endurance necessary for this kind of use. What makes an SD card rugged?Rugged SD cards are industrial Read More...

SSD Industrial Temperature- Why Is the Operating Temperature Significant?

 For industrial applications, like in the aerospace industry, an SSD could indeed be exposed to significantly fluctuating temperature ranges. Industrial SSDs are an appropriate choice for fields in which ruggedness and durability are crucial. Here is a closer look at operating temperature considerations for industrial SSDs. How Temperature Affects Data RetentionEach memory cell in a solid state drive has a floating gate, control gate, drain, and power source. An oxide insulation layer surrounds the floating gate to trap electrons inside Read More...

The Importance of BOM Control in Industrial Grade Products

 One key component of industrial grade Flash storage devices is BOM control. BOM—or bill of materials—control allows OEMs and engineers to operate with confidence that devices won’t fail in the field due to parts changes. BOM control saves companies who are using industrial grade Flash memory a significant amount of time and expense associated with avoidable failures and the necessary repairs. BOM DefinedThe BOM for Flash storage devices covers multiple components, including the controller, Flash, printed circuit board (PCB), discrete Read More...

eUSB Wiki

 Embedded Universal Serial Bus, or eUSB, is a popular storage option for industrial applications. It offers reliable storage, even in taxing conditions, while only taking up a small amount of real estate. Users of eUSBs praise the small form factor and low power consumption of this kind of memory, as well as the fast access times it delivers. This eUSB wiki provides an overview of what engineers and OEMs need to know about this memory solution. eUSB OvervieweUSB is a Read More...

Spotlight on SSD Multi-Level Cell NAND Flash Memory

SSDs—solid state drives—typically rely on NAND Flash memory for storage. NAND Flash memory provides a non-volatile storage option with a chip capacity that rivals magnetic storage devices. NAND Flash memory is found in a huge range of products and applications, from consumer devices like digital cameras to industrial-grade gaming systems. One popular form of NAND Flash memory is SSD multi-level cell Flash, or MLC Flash. MLC Flash retains data without the need for a power source and can be Read More...

What Can I Do with an MLC mSATA Solid State Drive?

If you need extra storage with a small footprint, consider adding an MLC mSATA SSD to your technological toolbox. This solid state drive offers small form factor Flash storage without the added bulk of a housing case. As a result, it’s roughly the size of a business card. Here is a look at how engineers can take advantage of the many benefits of mSATA SSDs. Use the mSATA SSD to Accelerate Computer PerformanceAn mSATA SSD connects in a different way Read More...

The Impressive Architecture of SLC USB Flash Drives

 Today’s SLC USB Flash drives are rugged, durable, and even customizable. Electrical engineers have built some impressive architecture to support the high capacities, favorable erase/write cycles, and rapid transfer rates that are typical of modern high-quality SLC USB Flash drives. A Closer Look at NANDNAND was the brainchild of engineer Fujio Masuoka. Before he developed NAND, Masuoka invented Flash memory. He was inspired to use a large erase transistor to get the functionality of an EEPROM on the chip. Flash Read More...

Read Disturb 101

When choosing memory for applications, one consideration engineers weigh is the number of read and write operations that are expected. In some cases, applications have very few write cycles. For example, in gaming, it is usually only necessary for software to be loaded onto the memory card, and then only read operations are required when end users play the game. Although the absence of write operations means there are fewer demands on storage, read disturb errors are still possible. Read More...

Exploring the Benefits of Industrial Grade Storage

 OEM designers face a range of options for storage. One of the most important distinctions to consider is the grade of the product. Commercial and consumer grade storage is ideal for the retail applications in which they are generally found, but industrial-level systems require industrial grade storage. Industrial grade storage provides the stability and reliability that OEMs need their applications to have in the field. Although there is a price difference between industrial grade products and commercial or consumer Read More...

What Are SLC SSDs?

When you’re looking for rugged storage for an industrial application, SLC SSDs are likely to be among your top candidates. SLC SSDs offer the right mix of reliability, compatibility, and capacity to work seamlessly in a range of industrial applications. Here is what engineers and OEMs need to know about SLC SSDs. SLC ExplainedSLC stands for single-level cell. It describes a form of NAND Flash storage in which one bit of data is stored per cell. Restricting data storage to Read More...

All You Need to Know about the SATA Interface

 SATA is an interface that allows storage devices to connect to host systems. Multiple forms of this interface have been developed to allow for increasing capacity and bandwidth. Understanding how the SATA interface works with SSDs and modules and the specifications of the different versions will help you make the right storage choices for your applications. Here are a few facts about SATA to help guide you towards the best options. The Launch of the SATA InterfaceSerial ATA—or SATA—was launched Read More...

How Industrial Grade Mini-SATA Provides Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

 For industrial applications with a need for maximum storage reliability with a minimum of space, mini-SATA SSD is the answer. Mini-SATA—or mSATA—SSDs are designed to meet both SATA-IO group specifications and JEDEC MO300B industry standards. They use the SATA interface for high-speed applications and provide SLC NAND reliability, so that they give the performance and reliability necessary for industrial applications even when space is an issue. When should industrial grade mSATA SSDs be used?Industrial grade mSATA SSDs should be used Read More...

Answering Common Questions about Industrial CompactFlash Cards

Introduced back in 1994, the age of the CompactFlash form factor has not made it any less popular or desirable. In industrial applications, Industrial CompactFlash—or CF—cards offer continuous uptime, unparalleled data integrity, and extended temperature operations. Here are the answers to some of the questions that engineers and OEM designers frequently have about using industrial CF cards. Why have industrial CF cards remained so popular?Despite an incredible number of changes and advances in technology since 1994, CF cards have endured. Read More...

Delkin Devices Featured in Embedded Advisor Magazine

Delkin Devices was recently featured in Embedded Advisor Magazine, with the article titled "Delkin Devices: Rugged Industrial Storage Solutions that Exceed OEM Requirements"CHECK IT OUT ON EMBEDDED ADVISOR HEREorTHE FULL EMBEDDDED ADVISOR DIGITAL MAGAZINEPlease reach out to the Delkin Industrial team below to help with finding your industrial flash storage solution. Read More...

Learning the Basics about SSD Wear Leveling Algorithms

 Although SLC NAND Flash memory provides a high level of performance, it still has a finite lifespan. There are only so many times a program and erase cycle can occur before a failure takes place and data is put at risk. To ensure that SLC memory lasts for as long as possible, SSDs rely on wear leveling algorithms. These algorithms ensure that writes are evenly distributed throughout the SSD so that blocks do not wear out prematurely. To further Read More...

Common Questions about SLC Solid State Drives

Engineers and OEM designers have a choice of embedded memory options for SSDs. For industrial use, most designers opt to go with SLC technology. There are several advantages of using SLC Flash SSDs in industrial applications, where rugged environments are the norm. In addition, there are multiple SLC options for embedded storage—including SATA III and mSATA—which offer reliable, industrial-grade performance. Choosing the right solution requires a great deal of research and plenty of questions. Here are the answers to Read More...

FAQs About Wide Temperature Range SSD

 Engineers and OEM designers often face a challenge of balancing budgets with system operation requirements when seeking wide temperature range SSD solutions. In industrial applications, NAND Flash SSDs often face conditions in which wide temperature ranges are common. The choice the engineers and designers have to make is how to get the longest life possible out of embedded Flash storage—given the temperature ranges—for the best possible price. There are several factors to consider when making this decision. Here are Read More...

Delkin Devices Recognized as Top Embedded Design & Solution Provider

Delkin Devices is proud to announce it has been recognized by Embedded Advisor Magazine as one of the Top 20 Embedded Design & Solution Providers - 2018! According to the Embedded Advisor Magazine article, "This edition of our magazine is a compilation of 20 leading embedded design and solutions firms who are generating visibility for designing cutting-edge solutions- aiming to be the catalysts in the enhancement of their clients' business value. Through this, we strive to bridge the gap Read More...

Flash Controller Hardware and Software Design for Optimum Performance

General: This article will describe NAND FLASH Controller hardware and software optimization supporting high speed data transfer. Modes of Data TransferData transfer modes vary by application, and often are the key factor in overall system throughput.A properly designed industrial flash storage device will have overall higher performance by optimizing transfer speeds in each mode.Transfer modes for both read and write transfers are either sequential or random. One can probably surmise that write speeds, in particular random write speeds, are the most Read More...

Technical Success Stories: P/E Cycles and Utilizing SMART Technology

 A common situation faced by OEMs is the challenge of balancing reliability and industrial specifications with the higher unit cost for industrial grade product. An industrial grade SD SLC Flash memory card is often simply above the price margin to justify using in an application that is priced under $200. Does this mean that OEMs have to accept that possible failures that may happen by going with a consumer grade Flash storage product if the application requires constant P/E Read More...

The Importance of SSD Industrial Temperature Considerations

 Industrial applications often face extreme temperature demands, and it's important to note SSD industrial temperature considerations. As such, industrial SSDs must be able to stand up to demands without experiencing data loss or other failures.  SATA II SSD 2.5” and mSATA SSDs are both options for industrial use, thanks to their reliability in extreme temperature environments during both operation and storage. Choosing industrial SSDs ensures longevity and reliable data storage in rugged conditions. Temperature Considerations for Industrial SSDsIndustrial SSDs are Read More...

What You Need to Know about Industrial SSD

 For engineers seeking board-level storage for SATA-based designs, industrial SSD is the solution. This NAND storage option is ideal for logging critical data in rugged environments that require a small form factor. Industrial grade products are designed to provide reliable embedded storage when temperature, shock, and vibration demands are extreme. This makes them compatible with the needs of industries such as aerospace, transportation, and healthcare, where losing critical data is not an option. Here are the facts engineers need Read More...

Industrial eUSB for Power and Energy Applications

Power and energy suppliers have unique needs for Flash storage. These applications typically operate in rugged environments, subject to enormous temperature fluctuations as well as high levels of shock and vibration. The need for effective Flash storage options for power and energy applications is skyrocketing, as outdated power grids are replaced with smart grids managed through AI. One option for power and energy applications in need of rugged, industrial-grade storage is eUSB with reliable SLC Flash. What is industrial eUSB?Industrial Read More...

The Main Benefits of SLC Thumb Drives

 Of the two types of NAND Flash storage devices available—MLC and SLC—technical engineers often choose SLC for high-level applications. MLC storage devices do offer the benefits of cost savings and reliability, but they have a less impressive read/write life compared to SLC Flash drives. If you’re thinking of choosing SLC thumb drives for your organization, here’s a look at the benefits you can expect.  Rugged Housing DesignIndustrial grade SLC thumb drives are designed to withstand challenging environments. The metal housing Read More...

Answering Questions about Wear-Leveling Algorithms in SSD Controllers

 Because NAND Flash blocks in SSDs have a limited number of erase cycles, it’s important for the longevity of the storage to maximize the use of these cycles. Wear-leveling algorithms do just that. With wear leveling, the endurance in NAND memory is increased to make SSDs as reliable as possible. How does it work? Here are the answers to questions engineers and other operators frequently have.  What exactly is wear leveling?Within NAND storage, electrons can get trapped in the insulating Read More...

Q&A on SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)

 Self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology—or SMART—is a feature found on many solid state drives (SSDs) today. The idea behind SMART SSDs is that they alerts users to signs of an impending drive failure, allowing them to take action and protect data before the failure actually occurs. All users can benefit from this kind of forewarning, and for data in industries such as healthcare and transportation, the service SMART provides is indispensible. Here are the answers to questions users frequently Read More...