From visits to OEM companies using flash storage as a critical device in their systems over the last couple decades, the discussion often turns to what would happen to the company if the flash storage failed.
Not all SSD are created equal. There are enormous differences in ability to work at temperature, in poor power environments, under high duty cycles. When talking enormous, an Industrial Grade SSD can have as much as 300 times (yes, 300 times, not 300%) more write endurance cycles per physical block of data.
In the world of Mil Spec SSD and flash storage devices, the high shock, vibration, wide temperature range, long life cycle, locked Bill-Of-Material requirements are easily met with the Cactus Technologies’ Industrial Grade Flash Storage Offering.
Joseph Chang from Cactus Technologies discusses upcoming design note for Cortex M3 and SD Card, plus SD SMART feature at ARM TechCon 2016 in California.
Factory floors contain any number of simple to complex machines used to perform specific tasks needed to create the end product. As product requirements change, there is often a need to update the code describing the latest “job” of the tool - or possibly an entire operating system and application upgrade.
mSATA are made with several different types of components with widely differing reliability, longevity, cost and performance attributes. Since mSATA is such a convenient form factor, many designers do not consider which type of attributes the mSATA has and focus on the headline items such as price and/or performance.
Cactus has been asked over the past few years for MLC NAND based Flash Storage Devices which could meet an Industrial Operating Temperature range of -40C to +85C. After significant efforts in R&D, we’ve developed a production screening process which allows us to offer extended temperature using MLC NAND on select products.
The latest generation of NAND flash brings higher capacity and performance at a lower cost, it also can bring some challenges such as lower endurance cycles, higher error rates and cell to cell coupling effects which bring down reliability. Thorough testing is important for your OEM application.
With SATA flash storage devices becoming the norm for SSDs in the client PC and enterprise market segment, many design engineers are considering these for their Embedded OEM systems. This article takes a look at several SATA solutions which are available and also some key points which should be taken into consideration when deciding which SATA device to use.
It’s interesting to look at applications that use Industrial Grade Flash Storage to operate in harsh environments. While end users of this outdoor application are not the main target of the Cactus Industrial Grade Flash Storage products, it demonstrates a year round requirement of functionality in all types of weather.