Aviation Flash Storage
Flash storage offers a non-volatile form of memory for commercial, consumer, and industrial devices in need of reliable storage that uses minimal power. In aviation, industrial flash memory is a key component of many applications. Because of the demanding operating conditions in which aviation applications are used, aviation flash storage systems have to be able to tolerate temperature extremes, shock, and vibration. SLC, or single-level cell, flash storage is used in aviation applications for this reason.
Flash Storage Uses in Aviation Applications
Flash storage is often used in black box recording and has played an important role in the investigation of aviation accidents, particularly in helicopters and small aircrafts. The data recorded in flash storage systems in black boxes give investigators insights into the operations of various aircraft systems prior to and at the time of an accident so that causes can be pinpointed. Flash storage is also used for on-board entertainment systems and in-flight Wi-Fi services.
Flash storage can be found in some flight safety systems. For example, collision avoidance systems and TAWS—terrain avoidance and warning systems—frequently rely on flash storage as a critical component.
Aviation Flash Storage Grade
Flash storage that is used in aviation applications has to be designed to meet the operating conditions found in helicopters and airplanes. For this reason, SLC flash memory is typically used. SLC flash is industrial grade storage that is capable of operating in extreme temperatures and in conditions in which temperatures fluctuate rapidly. SLC flash storage can also tolerate higher levels of shock and vibration than commercial grade flash storage, which is necessary for use in aircraft.
Industrial grade flash storage is also important for use in aviation because it comes with a locked BOM, or bill of materials. With a locked BOM, none of the core components of the flash system, including the controller and the firmware, will be changed as long as the product number remains the same. If there is a need to change one of these systems, advance notice will be given so that final orders can be placed, and then a new product number will be issued. With a locked BOM and lifecycle management, the requalification of parts is needed on a much less frequent basis.
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