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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...

What Is a Rugged Solid State Drive?

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, have revolutionized data storage. Although hard disk drives (HDDs) used to be the gold standard in drive storage, today, SSDs are ubiquitous. You can find SSDs in commercial and industrial grade applications, though the types of drives used in each setting are often different. Rugged solid state drives are the type used in industrial devices. These industrial applications require the highest available level of data protection, plus fast read and write capabilities. Here is Read More...

Comparing M.2 SATA vs. mSATA

  M.2 SATA and mSATA are both popular in small, thin devices that require board-level storage solutions. M.2 is a follow-up to mSATA, though mSATA is still in use across a huge range of devices. Both of these drives do essentially the same tasks, but they are not interchangeable, so you can’t simply swap one for the other. Here is a look M.2 SATA vs. mSATA drives.   SSD 101 When comparing M.2 SATA vs. mSATA, you may notice that they are both Read More...

Choosing the Best Industrial SD Card

  Industrial SD cards are popular with OEMs and designers because of their broad compatibility and standardized format. They are lightweight and small, yet powerful. This makes them a perfect fit for modern devices that are getting smaller while increasing their need for robust storage. When choosing an industrial SD card, it’s important to get the right one for your specific application. The following tips will help you choose the best industrial SD card.   Make Sure You’re Getting an Industrial Card There Read More...

The Use of Commercial MLC SD Cards in Battery Management Systems (BMS)

  General This paper will describe the use of SD Cards in Battery Management Systems (BMS). This is not intended to be a thorough tutorial on BMS.   Battery Management (BM) One might ask, why do batteries need BM? That is a valid question. With the advent of Lithium Ion Batteries, used in industrial applications from portable electronics, to automotive, are becoming a very strict requirement. There are a number of reasons for this, from safety (Literally protecting from catastrophic events) and product endurance Read More...

Industrial CF Cards Used in Broadcast Equipment and Drive Recorders

  Industrial CF cards provide powerful storage in a familiar and highly compatible format. CF cards have long been a popular storage tool in digital cameras for consumer users, and the capacity and ease of use they provide have made them popular in industrial applications as well. For example, you will find these storage cards being used in a variety of applications, from infotainment and gaming to embedded computing. They are particularly popular in broadcast equipment and drive recorders. Here Read More...

Technical Success Story: Avoiding Failures in the Field with a Controlled BOM

  Background: A customer contacted Delkin when the SD cards he had been purchasing from the same supplier for years suddenly stopped working. The customer didn’t understand why the cards were now a problem, but he was frustrated since the issues were interfering with his work.   Customer Story: The customer explained that his company had been ordering SD cards from a well-recognized national supplier for years without any problems. They had specifically chosen this SD card after trying several commercially available Read More...

Benefits of Secure Erase Flash Storage Technology

  Industrial applications frequently store data that are sensitive and require careful management. When it is time to erase that data and discard the storage device, standard erase functions may not be sufficient. Secure erase flash storage technology ensures that sensitive information is actually erased completely from your device’s flash memory, so you won’t have any concerns about what is happening to your private or classified data after you get rid of a drive. Here is what you need to Read More...

Focus on Extended Temperature SLC Storage

  Extended temperature SLC storage is in high demand by industrial users who need the most reliable storage options available, even in conditions with extreme temperatures. With extended temperature ranges, SLC storage can be used in industrial applications like transportation and automation, where operating conditions cause temperatures to rise and fall dramatically or to fluctuate rapidly. This kind of storage also has additional benefits beyond its tolerance of extreme temperature conditions that make it appropriate for industrial applications.   What is extended Read More...

FAQs about Commercial Grade Storage

Software Programming Web Development Concept   If you are searching for embedded flash storage solutions, then there is a good chance that you have encountered terms like industrial grade and commercial grade. Both of these kinds of flash storage are reliable and widely used, but they are not interchangeable. Each is appropriate for specific kinds of applications, and choosing the right one for your device is critical to getting the right level of data protection for your design. OEMs and designers Read More...

Taking a Closer Look at the Industrial PCMCIA Card

  Industrial PCMCIA cards are not as common as they once were, but they can still be found in a number of applications. They have been on the market since 1990, and were introduced after the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) was formed in 1989. The group created specific standards for the cards. This ensured that users could feel confident that the cards they purchased would meet their expectations. Here is what you need to know about industrial Read More...

SSD SATA III Features

  SSD SATA III is a solid state drive that uses the SATA III standard, which is currently the most advanced SATA format available. It offers speeds of 6Gb/s and is compatible with a wide range of consumer applications. It is also backwards compatible with SATA II systems, although speed will be somewhat compromised by the older port. If you’re considering an SSD with SATA features, here is what you need to know.   SATA III Basics As with all SATA products, SATA Read More...

CFexpress 101

  Industrial CFexpress is a high-speed flash storage device that is removable and able to support fast hosts in industrial applications across a variety of markets. It merges two other flash storage formats into a single new standard that is intended for high-res files and high-speed recording, all within a space-constrained form factor. This flash storage card is designed for industrial and enterprise applications in which speed, capacity, and data integrity are paramount. This new kind of flash storage is Read More...

What Are Smart MicroSD Cards?

  MicroSD cards, or microSDs, are the smallest form of SD cards available. They are increasingly in demand, as devices continue to become smaller with higher demands for data storage and security than ever before. microSD cards offer a combination of small form factor with powerful storage capabilities in formats that have been optimized for industrial operating conditions. SMART microSD card options make this form of embedded storage even more valuable to industrial users, since the monitoring system will help Read More...

A Look at the Benefits of Extended Temperature SSD

  Solid state drives, or SSDs, are now the standard drive format used in a large number of consumer and industrial devices. Although hard disk drives, or HDDs, once reigned supreme, SSDs with flash storage are now preferred for a long list of reasons. For industrial users, extended temperature SSDs provide the reliability that is necessary for critical applications. If you are an OEM or engineer considering using an extended temperature SSD in your device, this look at the benefits Read More...

FAQs about Product Life Cycle Management

  When it comes to developing an application and maximizing your return on it, product life cycle management is critical. Through life cycle management, you can avoid unexpected interruptions in the operation of your product and make sure any transitions to new parts or designs happen seamlessly. Product life cycle management should include the embedded storage device that you use in your application. At Delkin, life cycle management is a standard feature we offer with all of our industrial storage Read More...

What Is Intelligent Power Consumption and Why Does It Matter?

  For embedded storage devices, power consumption is a key concern. Drawing a significant amount of power from the host device can trigger a long list of issues. One of the benefits of flash storage is that it generally has low power needs, especially when compared to other forms of storage. However, in addition to remaining low, power consumption should also be smart. Intelligent power consumption makes flash memory an ideal alternative to more power-hungry memory options, which helps small Read More...

Why Secure Erase Matters in Industrial Storage

  Industrial flash storage has revolutionized computing. Flash drives offer greater reliability than hard drives, and they are also smaller and faster with lower power needs. However, one factor that many people in need of industrial storage are concerned about is the ability to erase data completely. Flash drives store data in a different way than hard drives, and because of that, erasing them is not as straightforward. Because many industrial applications store information that is sensitive, being able to Read More...

Highlighting the Importance of Conformal Coating

  Flash memory cards contain complex circuitry and components. These sensitive systems are often exposed to extreme conditions, especially when they are used in rugged applications. The key to protecting them is conformal coating. Conformal coating is a must-have on industrial grade embedded storage, so that memory cards and the valuable data that they hold are protected from environmental conditions that could cause damage. There are multiple kinds of conformal coating that can be found on memory cards. Here is Read More...

Comparing Industrial and Utility Cards

  When choosing embedded flash memory for an application, the grade of the card is one of the most significant factors. Industrial and utility cards are used in both commercial and industrial operations, but they have different features. As such, when deciding between industrial and utility cards, it’s important to consider the features that are most important to the design of your application and how it will be used. Delkin makes both industrial and utility products, and our team can Read More...

Flash Storage Deconstructed- Improve Write Life with Simple Changes

  Anatomy of a Flash Storage Device To the casual user, a FLASH card seems like the perfect simple device that you can write to as much as you need, and it remembers the data when you power it off.  This is true in the simplest form; however, FLASH technology requires a CPU with highly complex firmware onboard to manage the device interface and the complex challenges of FLASH memory chips.  Neglecting this advanced firmware can lead to early failure and Read More...

Technical Success Story: Solving SD Card Customization Issues

  Background: A frequent Delkin SD card customer needed to expand the use and data output of their application. When testing content loading equipment, or duplicators, they discovered that their SD cards were failing when the duplicators added data. Because they had orders coming in, they needed to quickly find a solution to the problem.   Customer Story: After purchasing new duplicator equipment, the OEM experienced a series of failures in their SD cards when loading data. The SD cards ran fine Read More...

Examining SLC SD in Electrocardiography, Endoscopes, and Other Medical Devices

  In modern medical equipment, embedded storage is a necessity. It is used for both patient data storage and OS and application loading. With advances in medical technology comes the need for larger storage capacities more than ever before. A reliable option for electrocardiography and endoscopes—which have high demands for storage—is industrial SLC SD cards. Using SLC SD in electrocardiography, endoscopes, and other medical technology ensures reliable storage for critical data with low power demands, MTBF, and EOL process management.   What Read More...

What Are Solid State Memory Drives?

  Solid state memory drives, often referred to as solid state drives, or SSDs, are an alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs). They are usually equipped with flash memory, in which data are stored on chips within the drive. Although solid state memory drives are nothing new, they have only been widely embraced in consumer and industrial devices in recent years. Since then, they have all but replaced hard disk drives in many of the devices people use most often. Read More...

OEM Sales Solutions

  OEM sales play a critical role in many different consumer and industrial applications and devices. Successful OEM sales rely on a strong relationship with the product manufacturer and on sourcing high-quality products from that manufacturer. At Delkin, we are committed to helping OEMs get the reliable, customized products they need to satisfy their customers. Here is a look at how we can help with OEM sales solutions.   OEM Basics Outside of the technology industry, OEM—original equipment manufacturer—refers to a company that Read More...

SD Card Advice V2 for Zynq and Zynq UltraScale+ SoC Products

  Check out this helpful information on SD . Below is a link to download an update to the list of suggestions as well as helpful information that will guide Engineers working with Xilinx Zynq®‐7000 and Zynq® UltraScale+ SOC based solutions from Avnet. Advice is provided for selecting and working with SD cards for their own system designs.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT Read More...

The Importance of ELC Products for Industrial Applications

  Extended life cycle, or ELC, products are essential components of many industrial applications. With ELC products, OEMs get the support they need throughout the life of their existing products, and they get assistance with transitioning to a new product when their existing storage device or other component is being discontinued. At Delkin, all of our storage solutions are ELC products, which gives our customers the confidence they need to manage their applications without concerns about unexpected component changes. Here Read More...

Understanding Types of Form Factors

  If you’ve been shopping for embedded storage, a term you are likely to have encountered is form factor. Form factor refers to the design of a piece of hardware. Types of form factors are differentiated based on their layout and dimensions. Knowing the form factor is key to preventing compatibility issues. When it comes to solid state storage (SSS), there are three main form factors: solid state drives, solid state cards, and solid state modules. Here is what you Read More...

Choosing Solid State Storage Companies

  Solid state storage is the preferred form of storage for industrial applications, but where that storage comes from matters. There are several factors to consider when choosing between solid state storage companies. By choosing the right company, you can feel confident in the storage selection you’ve made for your application and in the knowledge that you will have support when you need it. If you’re in the market for solid state storage, this information will help you select the Read More...

Infotainment Applications in Embedded Systems – Changing the Way We Travel

  Embedded systems have had a major impact on a long list of industries. In transportation, embedded systems are changing many things about the way we travel, but one of their most notable impacts is with on-board infotainment systems. If you have watched a movie on a plane or listened to satellite radio in a car, then you have likely used infotainment embedded systems. When embedded systems are used for these purposes, they are usually designed with SLC NAND flash, Read More...

Taking a Closer Look at SSD Utility Systems

  SSD utility systems are available in a variety of capacities and in both commercial and industrial grades. This means that finding SSD utility systems that are the right fit for a variety of applications is straightforward for OEMs. Getting the right capacity and temperature grade allows for the maximum level of efficiency possible, without wasting capacity or trying to get by with too little storage space.   SSD 101 SSD stands for solid state drive. Although SSDs actually have a long history, Read More...

Choosing a microSD Memory Supplier

  The microSD memory card, sometimes called micro SD, is a popular, high-endurance flash storage solution that is widely used in both commercial and industrial grade applications. The format was originally introduced in 1999, and was designed as a NAND flash storage solution for portable devices that had the features those devices needed, like low power consumption, a high degree of reliability, and a small size to fit into constrained spaces. Design specifications for microSD cards are set by the Read More...

Finding Storage Solutions for Industrial Applications

  Whether they’re helping to provide access to critical patient records for doctors in emergency situations or helping a train travel down the track safely and efficiently, industrial applications have to work flawlessly every time. For this reason, embedded storage in industrial applications has to be reliable, trustworthy, and fast. The same embedded storage that works perfectly well in consumer products in the commercial market may not be able to stand up to the demands of industrial applications. It is Read More...

Encrypted SSD Explained

  If you are storing sensitive data, or even if you just want the knowledge that your information is private, then an encrypted SSD could be the right solution. Encrypted SSD makes your info unintelligible to anyone who doesn’t have the proper security clearance to view it. There are several different types of encryption used in SSDs, but the final outcome of each is the same: outside users will find it very different to access your important data.   Data Encryption 101 Although Read More...

Using Embedded Systems in Healthcare

  An embedded system is part of a larger operating system that is designed to perform one or two specific tasks. In the healthcare field, embedded systems are often used for data storage. Since healthcare applications may be used in rugged operating conditions with temperature fluctuations and exposure to shock and vibrations, it is usually necessary for OEMs to choose industrial grade embedded systems. Industrial grade products are designed for use in those demanding conditions and can withstand them without Read More...

Why Delkin Is a Leading Flash Memory Manufacturer

When you need flash memory for an industrial application, the flash memory manufacturer you choose matters. At Delkin, we’re proud to be a leading flash memory manufacturer and believe that any customer who tries our products will find out for themselves why so many OEMs rely on us. We recognize the importance of the security of your data and of having dependable memory solutions that don’t change designs without notice. Here is a look at some of the reasons Read More...

Solving Medical Data Storage Issues

  With so many medical providers switching from paper records to electronic ones, medical data storage is a bigger issue than ever before. This switch has made keeping track of patients’ needs easier for doctors—and made treatments safer and more efficient for patients. However, medical data storage has to be absolutely reliable and secure, and it has to meet HIPAA requirements. For many healthcare companies, this means relying on embedded flash memory.   Flash Storage for Medical Data In most cases, healthcare applications Read More...

Understanding SATA Embedded SSDs

  SATA embedded SSDs are popular for use as boot drives and storage in a wide range of devices and applications. They offer fast speeds and a high degree of reliability, even in extreme operating conditions. SATA embedded SSDs are designed to meet SATA-IO and JEDEC standards and offer speeds of 6Gb/s in the SATA 3.0 version. SATA embedded SSDs are used in both commercial and industrial devices and are available in a range of capacities.   Why are SSDs so popular? Solid Read More...

Picking the Best Industrial SD Card for Your Needs

  Industrial SD cards offer embedded storage solutions for industrial devices that require high levels of performance. With an industrial grade SD card, you’ll get the rugged storage you need for demanding environments, such applications in the automotive, healthcare, and automation industries. There are multiple forms of SD cards, so choosing the right one for your device will help you get the performance you need with the right level of efficiency for your project. As you weigh up your choices Read More...

What Is Industrial Slim SATA?

  Today’s devices are becoming increasingly small and increasingly slim. As such, SSDs have had to keep up with the demands for powerful storage in small spaces. Industrial Slim SATA is one option. With Slim SATA, you get all of the power, compatibility, and reliability you expect from SATA, in a size that is right for constrained spaces. Here is a closer look at this SSD.   SATA Design As with the all SATA designs, the specifications for the industrial Slim SATA are Read More...

The Effects of Radiation on NAND Flash Based Devices

  General  This article describes the effects of radiation on NAND FLASH devices and covers possible ways to minimize such effects.   Applications Involving Radiation Exposure Most consumer-based products are not usually exposed to radiation. Even through security screening devices, levels are very low. However, it wouldn’t be recommended to put them through a full-fledged X-Ray or CT Scan. Years ago, EEPROMS, heavily used in embedded systems, with the ultra-violet erase window, could not pass through security checks at the airport, at the risk of Read More...

Taking a Closer Look at the M.2 SATA Connector

  As solid state drives, or SSDs, replaced hard disk drives (HDDs) as the most popular form of embedded storage, there was an ongoing concern about the limitations of the interfaces to which the SSDs were attached. Many interfaces, such as the SATA third-generation interfaces, were specifically designed to work with HDDs and could only run with a maximum transfer speed of 6 Gb/s. The mini version of the SATA interface, mSATA, is limited to the 6 Gb/s transfer speeds, Read More...

FAQs about M.2 2280

  M.2 2280 SSDs are a specific size of the M.2 controller format. When you are considering an M.2 SSD, the number will tell you the size of the SSD. The first two numbers refer to the width and the second two numbers refer to the length, so an M.2 2280 SSD is 22 millimeters wide and 80 millimeters long. The SSD card length that is supported by your system will depend on your motherboard design, and it is important Read More...

Replacing STEC Compact Flash Products

  STEC was once a major player in the OEM marketplace, but since the company has ceased making OEM products, a large number of OEMs have sought replacements with the same features and reliability as the STEC products they know. Transitioning to a new CompactFlash storage solution can be a nerve-wracking process for OEMs, who need to be able to make the change without a major disruption in supply or failures in the field. If you’re an OEM who hasn’t Read More...

Spotlight on SATA SSD Module Options for Industrial Applications

  SATA is a popular SSD choice for industrial embedded systems that need storage for data, applications, and operating systems that won’t fail, even in rugged environments. Because of the varied system characteristics of these applications, SATA SSD modules are available in a number of different form factors. A range of sizes also allow SATA SSD modules to be used in applications with only a small amount of space. Here is a look at some of the most popular SATA Read More...

A Look at the Features of Industrial Grade microSD Card Designs

  microSD cards offer high-endurance NAND flash storage in a small form factor that is ideal for devices with a low amount of available space. Industrial grade microSD card designs feature SLC NAND flash for the highest possible degree of data security. With design features set by the Secure Digital Association, microSD cards offer the broad compatibility associated with SD cards in a small size for today’s increasingly compact device designs. These are some of the key features you should Read More...

Storage Insights #4 – NAND Flash Based SSD Drives and the Flash Controller

Click below to read the new Delkin Storage Insights post on the element14 Community Embedded Blog: Storage Insights #4 – NAND Flash Based SSD Drives and the Flash Controller Read More...

Technical Success Stories: Host Usage and Industrial SD Cards

  Background Delkin is frequently contacted by customers who are trying to select the best SD cards for their specific host usage requirements. In one particular case, the Delkin Customer Engineering Team was dealing with a customer who needed an SD card for an industrial application that was not write-intensive. However, the customer was unable to share information about the size and frequency of files that were being written to the card, the specifics of the application, nor information about the Read More...

Comparing Commercial Grade and Industrial Grade Flash Memory

  For OEMs and engineers looking for embedded flash memory solutions, one issue that is sure to pop up regularly is the differences between commercial grade and industrial grade memory. Both forms of flash memory have their place, but picking the wrong grade for your device can cause errors or inefficient operations. Here is a look at how these types of flash memory compare, so you can make an informed decision about using them in your device design.   NAND Flash Type Commercial Read More...

Comparing 2.5” SATA II to Other SATA Versions

  SATA SSDs have long been popular solutions for industrial applications. The 2.5” SATA II is one of multiple versions of the interface on the market. In the industrial grade format, the 2.5” SATA interface features SLC NAND flash technology in order to operate in rugged conditions with extreme temperatures as well as high levels of shock and vibration. How does 2.5” SATA II compare with other versions of the SATA interface? Here is a closer look.   SATA I SATA I was Read More...