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Answering Questions about Compact Flash Memory Cards

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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 cards knows the basic design to expect. This allows for easy integration and confidence that replacement cards will work seamlessly. If you are considering CompactFlash memory cards for your devices, here are the answers to some of the questions that are likely to be on your mind.

 

What are some common uses for Compact Flash memory cards?

Designed around the popular PATA interface, CompactFlash memory cards have a variety of uses. One common application for these memory cards is video storage. CompactFlash memory cards provide sufficient storage capacity and smooth read and write operations. This makes them ideal for storing high-quality video and allows for easy playback. Some CompactFlash cards are used in commercial grade video cameras and cameras that are designed for home use, while others are used for professional video storage. In addition to video storage, CompactFlash memory cards are also used as boot devices and for critical data logging in a variety of different types of applications.

 

What type of flash storage is used in Compact Flash memory cards?

The answer to this question depends on the grade of the card. Like most industrial storage cards, industrial CompactFlash memory cards are designed with SLC flash technology. SLC stands for single-level cell, and it refers to flash that stores one bit of data per cell. Commercial grade cards are designed with MLC flash, or multi-level cell flash. This kind of flash stores two bits of data per cell. SLC flash has a longer lifespan and the lowest risk of data corruption, as well as the fastest read and write speeds, while MLC flash cards can offer greater storage capacities.

 

Can Compact Flash memory cards be customized?

For OEMs and device designers who need a customized solution, CompactFlash cards are a suitable option. Customization options include conformal coating, content and image loading, serialization, and custom labeling. It is also possible to get customized testing in your host application for shock and vibration, and for adaptations to be made for severe operating conditions.

 

Delkin offers Compact Flash memory cards in a number of capacity levels with SLC and MLC flash technologies. For more information or to discuss your customization needs, reach out to our customer team today.

 

CLICK HERE to purchase CF cards through Avnet. Delkin Devices Industrial Flash Storage can be ordered today through our distribution partner Avnet.

 

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