FAQs about Commercial Grade Storage
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 often have questions about commercial grade storage as they consider their flash memory options. Here are the answers to questions that arise most frequently.
What exactly is commercial grade storage?
Commercial grade storage is designed for commercial and consumer devices. If you have a mobile phone or laptop, it probably uses commercial grade flash storage. Retail store register systems and amateur cameras are other examples of devices that may contain commercial grade storage. This grade of flash memory is designed to work in normal operating conditions with moderate temperatures and without excessive levels of shock and vibration.
Commercial grade storage features MLC flash memory. MLC stands for multi-level cell and refers to flash storage in which two bits of data are stored per cell in the memory system.
How is it different from industrial grade storage?
Industrial grade storage has SLC flash technology. SLC stands for single-level cell. With SLC flash, one bit of data is stored on each cell. This means that it performs read and write operations faster than the MLC flash found in commercial grade products and that it lasts longer. This is because only storing one bit of data per cell allows for each part of the memory device to be used as efficiently as possible and reduces the risk of problems like crosstalk between cells during read and write operations.
Industrial grade storage is also capable of withstanding rugged conditions that would disrupt commercial grade storage operations. These include operating environments with extreme temperatures or in which vibration and shock may be intense.
When should commercial grade storage be used?
Although industrial grade storage might sound like it is the best option, it is not the right pick for every application. Commercial grade storage offers robust and reliable flash storage for both commercial and consumer operations. For many designers and OEMs who are not working on applications that will be used in rugged conditions, commercial grade storage may be a viable option.
Delkin can help you make the right pick for your application. Talk to our customer team today to get answers to your questions about industrial and commercial grade storage.