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What You Need to Know about CF Industrial Memory


CompactFlash, or CF, is one of the oldest and most recognizable forms of flash memory available. It was initially introduced in 1994 and has been used in countless devices across different markets. You can find CF cards in everything from consumer digital cameras to complex, industrial medical devices. CF cards are particularly popular for use in devices that store high-resolution images.


Far from being outdated, CF industrial memory has remained a popular choice thanks to the many revisions the form factor has undergone over the years. All updates and adaptations of CF memory cards come through the CompactFlash Association. This membership-based group consists of a number of stakeholders in the flash memory marketplace who work together to develop CF standards and designs. All CF cards must meet the specifications of the CompactFlash Association. That way, when users purchase CF memory, they know exactly what they are getting. CF industrial memory cards are a special category of embedded memory and designed for rugged conditions. Here is what you need to know.


CF Industrial Specifications

CF industrial memory cards are designed for use in industrial applications that require the high levels of shock and vibration and extreme operating condition tolerance. One of their most important features is an extended temperature range. CF industrial cards can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C without any loss of functionality.


Industrial CF cards come with a locked BOM, or bill of materials. This is an important feature for engineers and OEMs. A locked BOM, paired with lifecycle management, means that none of the critical components of the flash will be changed without advanced notification and without a new product number. This prevents unanticipated downtime caused by compatibility issues which could occur with these types of product changes. With a locked BOM, users get enough time to place a final order and to certify new memory cards.


Wide Range of Customizations

Delkin has a large collection of industrial CF cards available. We offer two versions of CF industrial memory cards. These cards are all designed with SLC flash memory—the fastest, most reliable kind of flash available. Cards are available in capacities ranging from 128MB to 64GB, so that users can find the right fit for their applications.


Delkin also offers a long list of customizations, such as conformal coating, custom labeling, image loading, and serialization. Our experts can assist with testing and certification of memory cards, as well as customizations of different card features to meet the needs of a device and how it will be used. We also offer wear leveling and other features to increase the efficiency and extend the life of CF industrial cards.


To find out if CF industrial memory cards are the right choice for your application, contact Delkin. Our team will take the time to understand your device and help you make the best choice for embedded memory to fit your needs and budget. Reach out to us today to learn more.


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