Taking a Closer Look at Embedded Module Options
An embedded module is a self-contained component that is installed inside of a larger computer system to perform a single, specific task. One of the most crucial types of embedded modules is memory. Embedded storage systems for reading and writing data perform critical functions, often in rugged operating conditions. For this reason, it is important to consider the form and features of any embedded memory module installed in a device, particularly with industrial applications. Here is what you need to know about embedded modules and how to choose the right one to use for storage in your application.
Embedded Module Basics
Embedded modules are frequently built around microprocessors with memory included. However, for more complex systems, it is common to have an embedded module that is designed based on a microcontroller with a separate embedded memory card. The right choice for you depends on the kind of device you are designing and how it will be used. However, in each case, using embedded modules saves space and can often conserve power. These are two factors that are very important for modern applications that are increasingly small in size and that rely on data security that won’t be compromised by power loss.
Solid State Modules
Solid state modules, or SSMs, are one form of embedded module that can be used for memory. SSMs are typically used in DIMMs—dual in-line memory modules—and systems with similar designs. SSMs are popular for their size, but they do have a few drawbacks, including the fact that they usually have lower capacities and are slower than other embedded memory options. In most cases, SSMs rely on SATA connectors.
Embedded Memory Cards
Embedded memory cards designed with flash memory are popular storage solutions. These cards come in a variety of capacities and sizes. They can also feature a range of different kinds of flash memory. For industrial applications, using memory cards with SLC flash memory is typical. One bit of data is stored per cell on SLC flash memory cards. This means that they have the highest available level of data security and are faster than other forms of flash memory. SLC flash also has the longest lifespan of any kind of flash memory and can tolerate extreme temperatures.
Delkin’s customer team can help you navigate the process of choosing between embedded module options for your application. We’re happy to help you explore the solutions that meet your needs and your budget. To learn more, contact us today.
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