FAQs about Industrial Applications
Industrial applications are used in virtually every field and industry, from healthcare and automation to gaming and transportation. Because they may be used in more challenging operating conditions than consumer or commercial applications, they have unique needs for embedded memory. When choosing embedded memory for an industrial application, it is important to select storage that not only aligns with your budget and performance needs, but can also withstand the operational environment in which it will be used. Here is a closer look at what you need to know about industrial applications.
What makes an application industrial?
Industrial applications are simply applications and devices used in industry spaces rather than for commercial purposes or by consumers. For example, an automated machine used in a manufacturing plant is an example of an industrial application.
There are a few things that set industrial applications apart. One is that they perform critical functions and have very little margin for error. Consider, for example, a medical device. If the device fails, a patient’s life could be at risk, so the application has to be more reliable than a point of sale system or a smartphone used by a consumer. Another factor that sets industrial applications apart is the conditions in which they are used. It’s common for industrial applications to be used in environments with high levels of shock and vibration, as well as extreme temperatures. This means that they have to be designed with embedded storage that can tolerate these conditions.
What kind of embedded storage can be used in industrial applications?
Designers and engineers who work with industrial applications usually pick solid state storage with flash memory. Industrial grade flash memory is typically single-level cell flash, or SLC flash. SLC flash is designed to store one bit of data per cell, which means it has the lowest possible rate of data failure and the fastest read and write speeds. SLC flash is ideal for environments with high levels of shock and vibration, and can withstand temperatures that range from -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C.
SLC flash memory also has another quality that is important for industrial applications—a long lifespan. Replacing flash memory is a costly and disruptive process in industrial settings, and the long lifespan of SLC minimizes the need for flash memory replacement.
For more information about industrial applications and flash memory, reach out to Delkin’s customer applications team today. We’re available to answer your questions and to provide customized solutions for your devices.
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