What Are Rugged USB Drives?
USB drives make it possible to carry massive amounts of data in your pocket. This portability makes USBs an attractive option for a wide variety of users. Consumers may utilize USBs to carry photos, transfer data files from one computer to another, or bring a big presentation to work from a home system. For industrial users, USBs may hold critical data necessary for sensitive applications in transportation, healthcare, automation, gaming, and more. As such, the stakes are higher for industrial operators, and using a USB drive that is designed for the consumer market is not a viable solution. That is where rugged USB drives enter the picture. Rugged USBs go beyond the capabilities of consumer grade drives to meet the specific needs of industrial users. If you are considering USB storage for an industrial application, here is what you need to know about selecting a rugged drive.
Extended Temperature Ranges
A significant advantage of a rugged USB drive over consumer grade storage systems is that extreme temperatures or temperature fluctuations will not adversely affect a rugged drive. With a rugged USB, the operating temperature range goes from -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C, and storage temperatures can range from -50 degrees C to 85 degrees C. Many industrial applications are exposed to these kinds of conditions, and since USB drives are portable, they can also be exposed to extreme temperatures when not in use. A rugged USB can tolerate these conditions without any loss of data or functionality.
SLC and MLC Flash Options
Rugged USB drives are available with SLC or MLC flash. SLC flash is the top choice for many industrial users, as it has the best level of data protection. However, MLC flash is a better fit for some users due to the higher storage capacities it can provide. The maximum storage capacity for rugged USB drives with SLC flash is 32GB, while MLC flash drives are available with capacities of up to 64GB.
Delkin offers a number of customization options for rugged USB drives, including the ability to add your company logo. For more information about the technical specs of our USBs or to request an engineering sample, contact us today.
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