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Industrial CompactFlash Cards for Aerospace

Introduction

Industrial CompactFlash cards have been used for approximately two decades in various aerospace applications requiring an extremely reliable data storage device. These flash cards were originally designed to offer a precise flash storage solution for both industrial and consumer applications, but have been ruggedized and customized specifically for the aerospace industry. Delkin Devices Industrial CompactFlash Cards are designed with SLC or MLC NAND flash that features the highest level of endurance and utmost reliability. That’s why these flash storage devices are now used in various mission critical applications throughout the aerospace industry including the military and defense utilizations.

As expected, aerospace storage solutions require a top-notch level of performance, consistency, and trustworthiness. Needless to mention, they typically operate in extreme temperatures, pressure environments, shock, vibrations, and electromagnetic interference. Whether deployed on a battlefield, inside a wearable computer or in a high-end digital surveillance system of a helicopter, performance must always be uncompromising. The unique requirements of the aerospace industry demand a shock-proof, vibration-proof, temperature-resistant, moisture-proof, and dust-proof storage solution. Furthermore, the aerospace industry demands a powerful, stable, and efficient storage solution that can reliably and continuously log crucial data. An Industrial CompactFlash device is the best option to consider for a powerful, stable, and efficient storage solution that can reliably and continuously log vital data in any temperature between -40 to 85 degrees C.

CompactFlash Card Controlled BOM for Aerospace

As noted, usage of Industrial CompactFlash has become prevalent in the aerospace industry for a variety of uses. Apart from offering a high dependability, these storage cards are well-suited for their long-lasting life cycles and firm BOM (Bill of Materials) control. BOM control means that the key components of an Industrial CompactFlash card do not change unless there is a product change notification. To ensure consistent performance, compatibility, and unmatched endurance, a well-designed and locked configuration (or, a controlled BOM) is mandatory. For example, the key components of NAND, the controller, and firmware which run the storage card, may cause differences that can eventually affect or degrade card performance and operation. A controlled BOM configuration ensures that the flash, firmware, and controller are properly locked in the part number so there are no varying components that could affect performance in the host application if replacements or additional orders are needed.

Military Grade CompactFlash

In addition, CompactFlash storage cards are evaluated through military grade environmental testing standards to measure their tolerance level. This process contains a comprehensive list of laboratory test methods that are applied to the CompactFlash card to measure environmental worthiness and overall durability. These laboratory-based tests use methodologies that analyze the longevity and ruggedness of such advanced storage devices under extreme circumstances. Delkin Devices delivers industrial-grade CompactFlash cards that feature the capability of withstanding rigorous environmental testing.

CompactFlash Storage Data Integrity

CF cards can also handle essential data security challenges. These include protecting sensitive data, maintaining optimum data integrity, and guaranteeing 100% uptime. In case of sudden or abnormal power failure, these storage components ensure minimal data loss. Delkin’s industrial flash storage solutions incorporate industry-leading data protection technologies in to keep sensitive information safe and secure. Delkin CF cards meet the standards of the Navy, Air Force, civil aviation and security agencies with embedded data storage requirements that include data logging, processing, and transmission.

Conclusion

It’s obvious that space craft, airplanes, and all other types of aeronautical vessels require flawless performance, impeccable reliability, ruggedness, data protection, and endurance for all flash storage applications. For these applications, Industrial CompactFlash storage solutions are undoubtedly considered to be the most viable option.

Delkin Devices has been delivering Industrial CompactFlash (CF) storage cards for an assortment of aerospace applications including helicopter black box recording, flight data recording, jet mission data collection, Wi-Fi services, and flight entertainment. Delkin Devices is a true leader in meeting the standards and requirements of the aerospace industrial flash storage market.

Have a question on how Delkin’s CompactFlash cards can meet the specific requirements of your aerospace application? Contact the Delkin Team to discuss the best solution and request samples.