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Custom SD Cards Explained

Industrial Flash Storage Customization

 

SD cards are a recognized format for storage for a variety of commercial and industrial grade products. One of the many benefits of this form of flash storage is the ease with which it can be customized. Custom SD cards allow designers and OEMs to get device-specific storage that meets their exact needs for everything from formatting to laser etching. The key to getting customized SD cards that fulfill your requirements is to work with a manufacturer who will guide you through the design process and accommodate things like additional testing if necessary to maximize the usefulness of your memory card. If you are considering a custom SD card for your device, here is what you need to know.

 

What is an SD card?

An SD card is a flash memory solution designed according to the specifications of the Secure Digital Association. Only memory cards that are designed to those exact guidelines are called SD cards. That makes it easy for OEMs to get SD cards from different sources without any differences between the key design components, ensuring that compatibility won’t be an issue.

 

Are SD cards right for industrial applications?

SD cards are a good fit for industrial grade storage for several reasons. When you select an SLC SD card, you will get the highest level of flash storage reliability with single-level cell NAND flash. Industrial grade SD cards can withstand rugged operating conditions with extreme temperatures, large temperature fluctuations, or intense shock and vibration. Add a controlled BOM and large capacities, and you will find everything you need in an industrial grade SD card for your critical applications.

 

What are the options for custom SD cards?

There are many different ways to customize SD cards to meet application- and host-specific parameters. Conformal coating, laser etching, custom labeling, data loading, and special screening are all available. If you have a special storage need and require additional testing to ensure a custom SD card will work for you, that option is also available.

 

Talk to the team at Delkin about custom SD cards to see what we can do to meet your device’s needs. We are ready to explain your options and help you select the best possible storage for your application.

 

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