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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 However, today’s factories bear little resemblance to this outdated vision of how factories operate.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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Delkin Devices is Built to Order in the USA

  When it comes to purchasing embedded storage devices, although there are a multitude of manufacturers, you will find that most of the products are actually made in Asia. Although products made in Asia can certainly be of high quality, at Delkin, we believe there are advantages to choosing our products, which are built to order in the USA. It is true that the cost of labor in the USA is higher than overseas labor costs, but we believe that...
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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 SSDs Industrial SSDs are...
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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 NAND NAND 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...
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Flash Endurance & 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...
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Technical Success Story: Industrial and Commercial Flash Storage

  Commercial flash storage products are extremely common and widely available. For this reason, some engineers looking for storage for industrial applications look to commercial products first. However, in many cases, commercial flash storage will not be the best fit for their industrial applications. Instead, engineers and OEMs may benefit from looking for storage solutions from the basis of the usage model instead of simply opting for a widely available commercial-market solution.   The issue that most industrial applications run into  is...
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Industrial Flash Storage Customization

  Flash memory cards are used in countless industrial, commercial, and consumer applications. There are many advantages to choosing flash memory. It is fast and reliable, and in the industrial format, it’s capable of tolerating extreme operating conditions for a variety of applications. However, no two applications are the same, and there’s no single flash memory card that works for every device. At Delkin, we’re pleased to offer a variety of flash storage customization options for our industrial flash storage,...
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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,...
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eMMC in Networking and Communication Applications

What Is Industrial eMMC or Embedded Multimedia Device? eMMC or embedded Multimedia is small yet rugged industrial grade NAND flash storage solution. The technology is popular for use in portable devices like cell phones, tablets, and advanced networking and communications applications. Industrial eMMC is also an industrial flash storage form factor of choice for various applications used in the Internet of Things (IoT). A network is a collection of servers, mainframes, computers, peripherals, network devices, and other relevant devices that are...
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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...
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Top Reasons for Industrial Flash Storage Use in Transportation Applications

  Many modes of transportation including motor vehicles, trains, and aircraft use industrial flash storage for critical data storage functions. Due to the varying nature of these transportation methods, technology is designed to execute specific roles and address special concerns. However, a common requirement found in all transportation technology systems is the need to reliably store operational, navigational, and system performance data. The rugged reliability of Delkin Devices Industrial Flash Storage can address these needs across various transportation systems and vehicle types. In...
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Technical Success Story: Program/Erase Cycles and SMART Commands

  A challenge faced by application engineers is the concept of balancing reliability and industrial specifications with higher usage models and increases program/erase cycles. As part of life cycle management, it’s important to monitor the usage of the flash storage device over time to ensure there are no failures in the host application. One way to help review the lifecycle stage of the industrial flash storage device and determine the usage model of many P/E cycles is with the usage...
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Solid State Flash Drive SATA

  A solid state flash drive SATA is an SSD that uses the SATA interface. Solid state drives have increased dramatically in popularity, replacing hard disk drives, or HDDs, as the go-to storage drive format for a wide range of devices. There are several advantages to using SSDs rather than HDDs, particularly in industrial applications. SSDs that work with the SATA interface offer speed, reliability, and easy compatibility, which is part of the reason why they are so popular with...
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A Look at Legacy Electronics Memory

  Although conventional wisdom dictates using the newest technology possible, it is not always feasible to constantly upgrade to new designs. For many industrial users, constant upgrades are just not realistic. For this reason, they need to rely on legacy technology. Using legacy products means they don’t have to update their design or take a chance on how a new design will work in their applications. However, a challenge with legacy electronics is finding the right kind of memory. Even...
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Write Protection

  Purpose of Write Protection Write protection is a feature on flash storage cards and other forms of flash memory that prevents data stored on the card from being deleted and new data from being added. It exists to ensure that you cannot inadvertently write over critical data or delete data to make space to write new files. When write protection is activated, you will be able to read data on the card-only write operations are blocked.   For some applications that are...
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Flash Storage Interface- NAND vs. NVMe

  NAND vs. NVMe- The need for data storage capacity and speed in industrial applications has caused a growing list of interface options for memory. Applications and industrial flash storage hosts become more robust and have ever-expanding spec requirements. For engineers and OEMs, keeping up with the advances and determining what fits best in their applications is an ongoing process. A subject that frequently comes up is NAND vs. NVMe—what are these two technologies and how do they compare to each...
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Technical Success Stories: Industrial Flash Storage Customization

  “One-size-fits-all does not work for our embedded/industrial high capacity application. Flash storage customization is required”   Background: A well-known OEM and buyer CF cards was expanding the use and data storage needs for a mission-critical application. They had been adding content to CF cards for a series of years, but now they needed to increase volume, so new application specs now required CF card customization. There were new orders coming in for their application and other areas of manufacturing had increased...
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A Look at microSD Memory Suppliers

  Are you looking for reliable, rugged storage for a device used in industrial operating conditions? If so, a microSD card may be the perfect choice. One of the reasons why microSD cards in general are so popular is that they are designed according to very strict specifications determined by the Secure Digital Association. This allows designers and engineers to avoid compatibility issues. However, not all microSD memory suppliers are the same, and the supplier you choose can have a...
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Industrial Flash Storage in Flight Data Recorders

Flight data recorders are a key component of aviation safety. Information gleaned from flight data recorders after an accident gives aviation experts insight into the cause of the incident so that they can take steps to ensure that it never happens again. With the data from flight recorders after air disasters, the aviation industry has made many changes to airline design and flying techniques to continually increase the safety of air travel.   Flight recorders have to withstand extreme conditions without...
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Technical Success Story: Locked BOM Maximizes Performance and Speed

  A locked BOM, or bill of materials, is one of the key advantages to purchasing industrial grade memory from Delkin. A locked BOM means that the flash, firmware, and controller will not be changed on a memory card without advanced notice and a new product number being issued. This notice gives engineers and OEMs a warning about changes to their storage systems that could impact the functionality of their devices. It also allows them to place any final orders...
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Understanding the Price of Data Failure

  Data security is a significant concern for anyone who uses anything from a smartphone to a home alarm system, but for people with industrial applications, data security is even more important. Data loss on an industrial device can have catastrophic outcomes for entire industries. In the case of devices used in healthcare and transportation, the impacts of data failure can even lead to loss of life. For these reasons, the price of data failure is always high. Companies must...
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