Delkin Blog

Failure Analysis: Spotlight on SMART Features

Programmer on Laptop

 

No matter how rugged and robust a flash data storage device is, it will eventually fail. The time before an expected failure depends on many factors, such as the usage and storage temperatures, and the frequency with which data are programmed and erased. Even if you choose a remarkably rugged flash drive for your application, it is still important to conduct a proper failure analysis so that the time of failure can be anticipated and the drive or card may be swapped out before the failure occurs.

 

Potential Consequences of Poor Failure Analysis

Without proper failure analysis, SSDs and other flash storage devices can fail unexpectedly. This can lead to severe consequences for users. In the transportation industry, for instance, the unexpected failure of mission critical data may lead to the compromising of safety features that drivers rely upon to prevent accidents.

 

In manufacturing automation, unexpected data device failures can cause machinery to malfunction, potentially leading to a costly and disruptive cessation of production. A similar issue can be seen in the gaming industry. Customer dissatisfaction with console failures can reflect poorly on the company that provides the devices. The solution is better failure analysis through the use of SMART features on flash storage devices.

 

Definition of SMART

SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. Essentially, this feature performs self-diagnostic functions. It is an automated feature that can be enabled on a platform’s Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). The SMART function runs in the background, collecting data and detecting potential problems. Then, it transmits that information back to the BIOS. If the BIOS determines that the storage device is at imminent risk of failure, it will send a warning message to the user.

 

Customization Options for SMART

Certain components of the SMART feature can be customized to suit the needs of engineers and OEMs. For example, if a particular project requires a warning of device failure well in advance of the anticipated failure, the parameters can be adjusted so that the drives or cards can be swapped out far ahead of when the failure is expected to occur.

 

Delkin incorporates the SMART feature into a wide selection of flash storage devices. These include SSDs and CompactFlash (CF) cards, which are all customizable to suit the exact specifications of the project engineer or OEM. Contact Delkin’s Customer Applications team today to discuss the selection of appropriate flash data storage devices for your application.

 

ORDER DELKIN INDUSTRIAL FLASH STORAGE TODAY through our distribution partner Newark.

 

Contact

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

 

Related Posts

Customer Success Story: The Advantages of Industrial CF Cards for the Power Industry

  At Delkin, we operate with the understanding that there is no such thing as...

Industrial Flash Storage in Aerospace

How can the aerospace industry manage massive amounts of data in extreme environmental conditions?...

Delkin Devices Industrial eMMC
Solving Capacity Issues with SLC NAND Flash Memory

  For industrial applications, embedded memory has to function flawlessly, even in demanding operating conditions....

SSD Utility for Industrial Devices

  With industrial devices, downtime can be costly, disruptive, and, in some cases, dangerous. For...

S302MMZ6T-C1000-4 - SD - microSD - 2GB - SLC
What You Need to Know about Custom uSD

  If you have a need for embedded flash storage with a small form factor,...

Medical Devices and Industrial Flash Storage

  Industrial flash memory has played an important role in advances throughout the healthcare industry....

Delkin Industrial Kitchen Applications
Industrial Flash Storage for Industrial Kitchen Controls

For industrial kitchens, industrial flash storage plays a critical part of ensuring quality control...

Customer Success Story: Long-Term Rugged SD Card Solutions

  Background- Looking for SD Card Solutions  A customer reached out to Delkin in frustration over...

Bringing Reliability, Capacity, and Speed Together in a microSD Card

  MicroSD cards—the smaller version of traditional SD cards designed for small devices—are a...

Custom Compact Flash

  Compact Flash—also written as CompactFlash or CF—is a widely used type of storage for...