Why ELC Products Are Essential for Industrial Devices
For industrial devices and applications, a long lifecycle for flash memory is important for many different reasons. Without a long lifecycle, memory will fail too quickly, which will dramatically increase the cost of keeping devices functional and up to date. Frequent memory failures can also lead to unexpected failures in the field, which can have far-reaching implications for devices used in transportation, healthcare, automation, digital communications, and more. These failures will put an additional financial burden on users that is untenable. For this reason, choosing flash memory products that are ELC products is essential.
ELC stands for Extended Life Cycle. ELC products are those that come with a lifespan that is managed by the manufacturer in conjunction with the OEM or developer. Through ELC management, users will be notified if a storage product that they are using is going to be discontinued or if it is reaching the end of its expected life in the device. This process allows OEMs and developers to plan for any necessary transitions to new products or storage device replacements so that the associated costs and timelines can be mitigated and handled as efficiently as possible.
For industrial users, a locked BOM is another important factor, which also plays a central role in ELC. A locked BOM, or locked bill of materials, means that no changes will be made to a critical component of a memory product, including the firmware, flash, and controllers, without a new product number being issued. With a locked BOM and ELC, the flash manufacturer will alert OEMs when such a change is pending to assist with final orders and other aspects of managing the transition.
ELC Management Process
The actual process of ELC management depends largely on the device itself and the needs of the customer. However, in addition to general notifications about flash storage device changes and lifespan issues, ELC management usually includes recertification of new flash storage and customization of the new storage product to meet the design needs of the host device. Both of these features make it possible for OEMs and developers to transition to new products easily, without concerns about widespread and costly failures.
Delkin is pleased to offer ELC products to our industrial customers, so that they can incorporate reliable, rugged, embedded storage into their applications with confidence. If you have more questions about ELC products or any of our storage options, contact us today.
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