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Turnkey SD Card Packaging with Delkin Private Label Services

  Do you offer memory cards to your customers? Delkin is here to make the process easier and more cost-effective. With our private label services, you get turnkey SD card packaging designed to meet your specifications. We operate behind the scenes for you, delivering our high-quality SD cards with your name on them, so your customers will return to you to order over and over again. Order in bulk or retail packaging according to your specific needs, and we’ll provide Read More...

What Are the Advantages of a Locked BOM?

  One of the biggest issues that OEMs and engineers face is when a component used in one of their devices is changed without warning, making it incompatible and thus rendering the device unusable. This challenge occurs frequently with flash memory in many commercial and consumer-grade products. For industrial applications, this risk is too much to manage, which is why you’ll find that most industrial-grade flash memory products feature a locked bill of materials, or locked BOM. Locked BOMs ensure Read More...

Choosing Between Micro SD Memory Suppliers

  Micro SD memory—also called a microSD card—is a widely used and widely available kind of flash memory. However, just because these cards are easy to find doesn’t mean that it is easy to get a quality product. Not all micro SD memory suppliers are created equal, and choosing the wrong supplier may mean that you end up with cards that are subpar and not up to the tasks you need them to perform. There are several things to keep Read More...

Understanding SSD Encryption

  Industrial applications often store sensitive data, and preventing the data from being accessed by unauthorized parties is a significant concern. SSD encryption is often the barrier between this sensitive information and those who are trying to access it without the proper permissions. While SSD encryption plays a significant role in preventing data breaches, you should not assume that your SSD has encryption unless you have verified it and taken the time to understand the type of encryption it uses. Read More...

Answers to Questions about M.2 2280

  M.2 is an alternative to mSATA that is designed to provide increased storage capacities in confined spaces. It was first introduced to the market in 2013 and was initially known as Next Generation Form Factor, or NGFF. M.2 comes in multiple sizes, including the M.2 2280, which is 22mm wide and 80mm long. This is a popular size for this SATA SSD device, but there are multiple formats available, as well as custom sizing options. If you’re considering an Read More...

2.5 SSD vs. HDD

  When you are trying to select a storage device for an industrial application, you will discover multiple options. One question that is likely to arise is how SSDs compare to HDDs. The 2.5 SSD, which is also called the 2.5 SATA SSD, is a popular alternative for people who are also considering HDDs as their storage device. Although SSDs and HDDs both perform the same function of data storage, they are very different devices. What are the differences and Read More...

What Is Conformal Coating?

  Conformal coating is a key part of protecting electronic circuits from environmental conditions. When it comes to SSDs and embedded memory in industrial applications, conformal coating is essential for making sure that the storage device operates correctly, even when conditions include heat, cold, moisture, and other potential hazards. If you are selecting an embedded storage solution for an industrial application, you should ensure that conformal coating is one of its features. What is conformal coating and how does it Read More...

The Difference Between SATA SSDs and HDDs

  Storage devices have changed dramatically in recent years, particularly with the transition from HDDs to SSDs. For OEMs and designers, this has led to many questions about which kind of storage is right for their devices, particularly when they need storage for an industrial grade application. HDDs are still used in many devices, but SATA SSDs have become more popular. What is the difference between SATA SSDs and HDDs, and why have SATA SSDs grown in popularity? Here is Read More...

Is eMMC Better than SSD?

  If you’re looking for storage for a device, you have many options. In addition to HDDs, or hard disk drives, there are two common flash storage solutions: eMMC and SSDs. Each kind of storage has its own set of pros and cons, so the right kind for any device depends on several different factors. These include the type of device, the necessary capacity for storage, and how the device will be used. For people looking for flash storage, the Read More...

What Is a Secure Erase USB Drive and What Are Its Advantages?

  USB drives are among the most widely used and recognized forms of storage available. They are extremely easy to use and compatible with a huge range of devices, which is why you can find them in use in so many different applications. Although consumers frequently use USB drives, industrial users rely on them as well for secure, reliable, portable storage that can be used in rugged operating conditions. For all users, however, the risk of having data left on Read More...

Reasons for Choosing a Rugged SATA Drive

  SATA drives have long been in demand for their speed and broad compatibility. However, not all SATA drives are rugged. In fact, rugged SATA drives are specifically designed for demanding and extreme operating conditions to meet the high-level needs of industrial applications. Rugged SATA drives offer the benefits of SATA speeds and the familiarity of these kinds of drives with the ruggedness that is necessary for industrial operations. Here is a look at some of the reasons why you Read More...

Exploring the Features of 2.5 SSD SATA

  A prevalent design for a solid state drive (SSD) is a 2.5 SSD with SATA. The 2.5 SSD SATA is a full-sized drive, designed for use in write-intensive applications utilized in rugged environments. This type of drive offers high endurance and is available in a wide range of capacities. These features make it a particularly good option for video recording equipment. If you are considering a 2.5 SSD SATA for your industrial application, this overview of the features will Read More...

Spotlight on the SATA 3 Interface Card

  SATA 3 interface cards are storage cards that connect to the motherboard using SATA connectors. SATA is the most common kind of connector used today for both hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). SATA replaces PATA (Parallel ATA) cables, which were once standard, but are slower and bulkier than SATA. SATA 3 is the latest version of SATA and offers the fastest and most reliable data transfer speeds. This most recent version of SATA is designed Read More...

Why You Should Get Storage from a Leading Flash Memory Manufacturer

  When you purchase flash memory for an industrial application, there is little room for error. If the memory fails, then critical data could be lost. This could lead to serious implications, especially in industries like healthcare and transportation. For these reasons, you shouldn’t compromise when looking for industrial flash memory solutions. Instead, always be sure to get your parts from a leading flash memory manufacturer. Your manufacturer should understand your needs and be able to help you determine which Read More...

Details on eMMC Functionality and Partitioning

  Embedded multi-media controllers, or eMMCs, are embedded systems that contain a flash memory controller and flash memory on the same die. They are used in mobile devices, laptop computers, and more. eMMCs are similar to solid-state drives, or SSDs, but they are not exactly the same.   When using eMMC, hosts can set up a maximum of four General Purpose Area Partitions. Each of these partitions can have its own attributes. The partitions can be set as General, Enhanced (with pSLC Read More...

Industrial CF Cards in Thermostats for Food Grade Freezers

  Food grade freezers have to meet high safety standards to ensure that the foods they hold are consistently kept at the appropriate temperature. This is dependent on a properly functioning digital thermostat that retains accurate temperature data using an industrial Flash storage device. Any kind of failure of a food grade freezer can have serious implications, from the economic burden of losing food that has spoiled to the potential for triggering cases of food poisoning in food that has Read More...

Technical Success Story: Industrial and Commercial Flash Storage

  Commercial flash storage products are extremely common and widely available. For this reason, many OEMs looking for storage for industrial applications look to commercial products first. However, in many cases this kind of 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 Read More...

What Is Solid State Flash Storage?

  Solid state flash storage is a version of data storage used in SSDs. SSD stands for solid state drive, and is a drive format that is a popular alternative to HDDs, or hard disk drives. Flash storage was named for its incredible speeds—it performs operations in a flash. Solid state flash stores data on memory cells that can be accessed quickly and easily. Are you considering solid state flash storage? Here is what you need to know.   Flash storage is Read More...

Industrial SD Card Price Considerations

  For engineers and designers who are looking for industrial storage, price considerations always come into play. Industrial SD cards are popular with designers and engineers in many different industries, thanks to their reliability and ease of integration. Of course, price considerations factor into every project, so it’s important to understand what to expect. Here is what you need to know when it comes to industrial SD card price considerations.   SLC vs. MLC When you’re shopping for an industrial SD card, one Read More...

FAQs about Flash Based Memory

  If you’re considering data storage options for your application, then you have certainly encountered the term “flash based memory.” Flash memory is a form of non-volatile memory that is used in a huge variety of consumer and industrial grade applications. There are several reasons why designers and engineers have embraced flash memory as a cornerstone of their device designs. Chances are that you have some questions about what exactly flash memory is and why it is so popular. Here Read More...

Finding the Right Memory Solution for Your Industrial Application

  When it comes to finding memory for an industrial application, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. There are several different memory solutions available, and of course, it is important to find one that meets the specific needs of industrial users. This means choosing memory that can deliver the capacity, speed, and data security needed for industrial applications, even when used in rugged operating conditions. This information will help you make the right choice.   NAND Flash Memory The memory Read More...

What Is a High Endurance SD Card?

  SD cards are used across many different applications, but they are particularly popular in applications that require video recording. SD cards are designed to hold large numbers of high-quality images with strong data protection capabilities for reliable performance and playback.   High endurance SD cards take this ability to new levels in order to provide storage of high-quality, HD video footage in some of today’s most popular devices. This includes home security cameras and dashboard cameras used by law enforcement. High Read More...

SSD Utility Basics Explained

  SSD Utility is an integrated management software program found in some solid state drives, or SSDs. It helps to manage the performance of the drive and monitor the drive for signs of problems that could affect operations or cause the drive to fail. It also allows users to make adjustments as needed to the SSD, so that the drive lasts for as long as possible. SSD Utility is not the only such program to offer these services. For most Read More...

3D MLC NAND Flash Explained

  Flash memory is a widely used technology that utilizes an electronic transistor to program data based on different voltages. One of the reasons why flash memory is so popular is because it is a non-volatile form of storage. This means that data are retained even when there is no power. Despite its popularity, however, there is a challenge with flash memory. Devices that require flash memory are getting smaller, but their need for data storage is increasing. With flash Read More...

Answers to Common Questions about SSD mSATA

  SSD mSATA designs are widely used in portable devices in which space is at a premium and standard SSDs will not fit. About the size of a business card, mSATA SSDs are small in size and have low power consumption. These features make them ideal for laptops, netbooks, tablets, and more. An SSD mSATA will feature the same speeds and other specifications you would expect from a SATA interface. Could SSD mSATA be the drive option you need? Here Read More...

Get the Facts about Flash SSD Drive Options

  A flash SSD drive is the standard form of storage used in most consumer and industrial applications. These drives have long outpaced hard disk drives, or HDDs, which were once considered the gold standard for embedded memory systems. This shift has taken place due to the better endurance and speed of SSDs. SSDs, or solid state drives, with flash memory are also more tolerant of extreme operating conditions, allowing them to be used in industrial applications without the same Read More...

3D NAND vs. MLC

  For NAND Flash-based SSDs, or solid state drives, there is a constant push to fit an increasing amount of storage in a decreasing amount of space. As devices become smaller and smaller, SSDs have to fit these confined form factors. At the same time that devices are getting smaller, they are also getting more powerful, and they need increased storage. MLC (multi-level cell) flash is one option that engineers and developers rely on to increase data storage, but there Read More...

Spotlight on Conformal Coating Benefits

  Circuit boards, memory cards, SSDs, and other components of electronic devices are subject to exposure to damaging environmental conditions that could disrupt how they work or even cause a device failure. One way in which manufacturers of these components protect them is with conformal coating. There are many conformal coating benefits to consider if you are trying to decide if it is an appropriate customization for your memory cards and other systems. Here is what you need to know.   Conformal Read More...

Comparing the mSATA vs. SATA Connector

  If you’re shopping for a solid state drive, or SSD, then you have probably encountered mSATA and SATA connectors. Both of these act as interfaces between a storage device and the motherboard of a system. SATA has long been the gold standard for connectivity for all kinds of drives, including SSDs. Although other connectors have since entered the market, including PCIe and NVMe, SATA is still hugely popular and important. However, there are differences between SATA and mSATA. Here Read More...

What Are the Features of Slim SATA?

  In order to accommodate devices that are increasingly thin, the Slim SATA design was introduced to the marketplace. Slim SATA offers the reliability of SATA but in a thin design, so it can easily be used in mobile phones and other thin devices. With Slim SATA, power and data are combined in a single connector, with a seven pin data and six pin power configuration. Could Slim SATA be the solution for your small device, even if you have Read More...

How Is Industrial microSD Used in Clinical Diagnostics Applications?

  Clinical diagnostics are critical to meeting patient needs. Without the appropriate diagnostics, providers will not be able to establish an effective treatment plan and manage patient care. Diagnostics involve managing a large amount of data accurately and may also call for the storage of large image files. For these reasons, it is essential that all devices that are used for diagnostics have an adequate embedded storage system. This is why industrial microSD cards are so frequently used in clinical Read More...

SSD NAND Flash- Wear Leveling and Maximizing SSD Life

  This paper will describe NAND Flash life as used in Solid State Storage Devices.   SOLID STATE STORAGE These Devices consist of Disk Drives, Compact Flash Cards, SD/MMC cards, USB sticks and custom storage modules. Aside from differing host interfaces, all these devices share common items: Multiple NAND Flash devices NAND Flash Controller with Firmware Support Circuitry   NAND FLASH CONTROLLER These are ASIC devices generally containing, at a minimum: CPU with ROM BIOS Ram Memory Flash Bus Interface (single or multiple channel) Application specific host interface (USB, SATA, PATA, PCI Express, SD, Read More...

Technical Success Story: SMART Technology Helped Customer Manage Constant P/E Cycles

  OEMs often find themselves in a situation in which they need to balance price and reliability. In some cases, using an industrial grade SLC flash memory card may not be the appropriate option for a low-cost application. However, does this mean that failures are just to be expected when using consumer grade flash storage in applications with constant P/E cycles? Delkin helped a customer facing this question find a solution.   Customer Story This customer was used to experiencing SD card failure Read More...

SSD Wear Leveling Count Explained

  Solid-state drives (SSDs) that have flash memory have a finite lifespan. The length of time that an SSD will last depends on several different factors, including the grade of the flash that is used. SLC, or single-level cell, flash memory has the longest lifespan, followed by MLC (multi-level cell) flash. Only write operations contribute to the reduction in available program cycles. Read operations do not affect the lifespan of the device.   Although SSDs have long lives, it is still important Read More...

Aerospace Applications Embedded Systems

  There is a long list of aerospace applications embedded systems, and the list is consistently getting longer. Some aircraft have embedded systems at work from tip to tail, while others are using embedded systems in very specific ways. In each case, no matter how the aerospace applications embedded systems are being used, they have to be designed to withstand extreme conditions without any kind of loss of function. Some embedded systems perform critical functions that are responsible for passenger Read More...

FAQs about Embedded Products

  Embedded products play a central role in commercial and industrial applications in a large number of industries. From planes with in-flight entertainment systems to machinery in production plants, embedded products are everywhere. However, many people don’t understand what exactly embedded products are or how they are used. Here are the answers to some common questions about embedded products.   What exactly is an embedded product? Embedded products refer to embedded systems. These systems are incorporated into larger operating systems. They perform specific Read More...

Flash Memory in Industrial Applications

  Industrial applications require the highest available levels of data security and memory operations. Because these applications are often on the front lines of critical systems in industries as diverse as healthcare and aerospace, there is no room for error or unpredictability. For most designers and engineers, the choice is clear: flash memory. Flash memory has replaced hard disk drive-based memory in most consumer and industrial applications for many reasons, but when it is used for industrial purposes, the flash Read More...

Understanding Product Reliability Specification and Performance Factors

  When it comes to products that contain flash memory, a concern that is often present in the minds of OEMs and engineers is the reliability of the memory and its ability to meet certain product reliability specifications of the host device. There were initial concerns about NAND flash when it was introduced to the market, but it has since been recognized and embraced across industrial and consumer markets alike for its high performance and superior reliability. Here is what Read More...

Finding the Right Automotive Memory Solution

  Embedded memory solutions are gaining in importance in the automotive industry. As cars become increasingly advanced and reliant on technology, embedded memory is becoming more and more critical to ensuring that all of the internal components function as expected—all within a constrained space and rugged operating conditions. For this reason, industrial embedded memory cards are playing a central role in auto innovation, and a reliable memory solution is becoming as key to a quality automobile as horsepower. Take a Read More...

Facts about Flash Memory Durability

  From flash drives to embedded flash storage, one of the leading questions that people have when they consider using flash memory is how long it will last. Flash memory durability used to be a major concern, but endurance has increased dramatically in recent years and continues to improve. In terms of durability, flash memory outperforms many other solutions—and when combined with the other benefits of flash memory, it is the clear winner for many commercial and industrial devices. These Read More...

Rugged USB Drives Explained

  USB drives are among the most widely used and recognized storage devices on the market. They allow consumers and industrial users alike to have powerful, portable storage that is universally compatible. For industrial users, however, it’s important to choose the right kind of USB drive. Many industrial applications rely on embedded storage for its ruggedness, but rugged USB drives are also available. For users who need a rugged USB drive, industrial grade products are essential. If you are in Read More...

Answering Questions about Compact Flash Memory Cards

  Compact Flash memory cards, also called CompactFlash, have a long history of providing reliable storage for both consumer and industrial markets. The format was first introduced in 1994 to provide an option for storage that was small in size and easy to integrate. Since their introduction, CompactFlash memory cards have undergone a series of redesigns in order to keep up with changing technologies. The standards are set by the CompactFlash Association, or CFA, so that everyone who buys the Read More...

Power Applications Embedded Systems: What You Need to Know

  Embedded systems used in power applications cannot risk being unreliable. Whether the power supply is for a specific building or device, or provides power to an entire community, failure can have significant implications. For this reason, when it comes to power applications and embedded systems, choosing a solution that is appropriately reliable matters. Most power suppliers depend on industrial grade embedded systems to deliver the reliability in rugged operating conditions that they need. This is the information that everyone Read More...

Understanding Industrial Embedded Systems

  Industrial embedded systems are used in a variety of critical devices and applications. They can be used for booting, machine control, and memory. Because these embedded systems are industrial grade, they are designed to tolerate the extreme operating conditions of industrial environments. You can find them in everything from machines in manufacturing settings to airplanes and medical devices. The following information will help you gain a better understanding of embedded systems.   What exactly is an industrial embedded system? Embedded systems feature Read More...

Answering Questions on Embedded Multi-Media Controller, or eMMC

  Embedded multi-media controller, or eMMC, is a simple, low-power storage solution that contains three components in one. Although eMMC is largely the domain of smartphones and lower-end laptops, many industrial users also rely on it for storage of their application software or operating system, or to log key data. When designed in an industrial grade format, eMMC features the extended temperature ranges you would expect from storage that is used in demanding operating conditions. As OEMs and engineers consider Read More...

Features of 128GB mSATA

  If you need a solid state drive (SSD) with a small form factor, then mSATA could be the solution for you. This mini version of the popular SATA SSD is designed for use in devices in which space is at a premium, such as netbooks and tablets. With a 128GB mSATA, you don’t have to compromise storage capacity simply because you need a smaller form factor. Instead, mSATA meets the growing need for large amounts of storage in ever-smaller Read More...

FAQs about Rugged USB Flash Drive Technology

  USB flash drives are among the most familiar and widely used forms of storage available. They can be found in their popular removable format or as embedded drives called eUSB. A rugged USB flash drive goes beyond consumer formats to provide strong, reliable storage appropriate for industrial applications. If you are looking for a rugged USB flash drive to use with your industrial device, here are the answers to some of the questions that are likely to be on Read More...

A Look at Secure Digital Card Specifications

  Secure Digital card specifications are set by the Secure Digital Association. This is done to ensure that there is a shared standard used across all cards that carry the Secure Digital (SD) name. Secure Digital card specifications allow OEMs and engineers to know exactly what they are getting when they use an SD card in a device, regardless of who the supplier is. The exact specifications of the cards vary depending on the type of SD card. Here is Read More...

What Is a NAND Technology SSD?

  In years past, the only drive industrial users and consumers wanted to see in their devices was a hard disk drive, or HDD. Today, you would be hard pressed to find an industrial application that doesn’t feature a solid state drive, or SSD. SSDs were initially considered too expensive for wide use when they were introduced to the market, but now, they are a standard choice for reliable storage. A major reason why SSDs are so popular is NAND Read More...

What Are the Benefits of Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology?

  Self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology, or SMART, allows users to monitor the operations of their drives and spot signs of problems before they cause complete system failures. The use of SMART in solid state drives (SSDs) for industrial applications is especially important because of the mission-critical data storage and operations these drives execute. With SMART, when there is an error in drive operation, the BIOS—basic input/output system—receives information about the error and, when appropriate, alerts the user so that Read More...