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Industrial SLC Flash Storage for Infotainment Applications

Infotainment in CarWhen traveling in automobiles or commercial aviation, you want to have information and entertainment such as movies, music, maps, and traffic updates to make your ride more pleasant and enjoyable. IVI (in-vehicle infotainment) systems make this possible while drivers and passengers are traveling in trains, airplanes, and personal cars. In Vehicle Infotainment systems are the touch-screen devices on your car dashboard, or the entertainment systems located at your seat on a commercial flight. These IVI systems must have a rugged and reliable way to store all the data that enables the videos, music maps, navigation, and operating software of the system itself.  That’s why today’s advanced, next-gen infotainment systems use the most rugged, reliable, and efficient NAND Flash based Industrial SLC Flash Storage.

SLC Flash Storage is the most appropriate solution when it comes to infotainment applications as it features 50K – 100K endurance cycles, optimum shock and vibration reliability, extended operating temperature, and a capacity range of 8GB to 256GB. Storing critical data such as GPS, thermostat control, backup camera display, and audio/video playback operating systems, these rugged solid state drives will endure the additional environmental conditions cars, trains and aircraft are subjected to.

According to Forbes, an estimated 5% of the entire Flash storage market is from the automobile industry using it in the latest infotainment systems. This is expected to grow to more than 10% within the next few years as today’s automobiles use more and more digital functions including driver assist capabilities, 3D mapping, data event recorders, greater schedule efficiency mapping, and faster communication between vehicles and local networks.

Among other storage devices available in the market (SRAM, DRAM, EEPROM, NOR, and MLC NAND etc.) SLC NAND Flash storage solutions use an innovative flash storage architecture where each cell contains a single bit of data (either 1 or 0). These SSD drives have the maximum trace width between 32nm – 43nm. The larger trace width results in lower power use, increased performance, and improved durability. These are the top three factors providing operational value for industries including infotainment applications.

For example, the endurance of the 43nm SLC NAND can be 100,000 cycles/physical block. Additionally, the error rate for SLC Flash is significantly less than other variants, such as pSLC, MLC, and TLC NAND. In fact, an Industrial Grade SLC Flash Card can offer as much as 300% more endurance cycles per physical block, as compared to other forms of NAND Flash storage.

Industrial Flash storage is designed to withstand the temperature demands of the automotive industry. SLC Flash-based storage solutions can perfectly operate within an extreme temperature range of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius. Additionally, they feature a great resistance to external vibrations of up to 2000Hz. These Flash storage solutions can be customized to fulfill any specific application-based requests, such as custom data load, conformal coating, OEM labeling, or any other regulatory requirements. These excellent properties of Single Level Cell NAND units make them ideal for data-intensive infotainment and connected car applications including improved touch-screen responsiveness, reduced interference from driving on rough and bumpy roadways, and the ability to offer passengers a faster infotainment (information and entertainment) experience with no data lag time.

Key Features of Industrial SLC Flash Storage at a Glance:

  • Fully functional within a temperature range between -40 and 85 degrees Celsius
  • Withstand and resist up to 2000Hz external vibrations
  • Endurance cycle can be as much as 100K
  • Maximum trace width is 43nm
  • Compliant with AEC-Q100 specifications
  • Not susceptible to data corruption, cell crosstalk, flipped bits, or other disturbances
  • Extended lifecycle, superior performance, improved functionality, and optimum ruggedness in extreme environments
  • Customization options
  • Enhanced power disruption immunity
  • Storage Capacity Up to 256GB

Please Contact Us today! We’ll be happy to discuss the best Industrial SLC Flash Storage solution for your application.