Why Isn't my Flash Card Working in my Industrial Application?
Flash Storage devices include flash cards such as CompactFlash, SD, microSD and PC Cards; flash modules such as mSATA and Slim SATA; and Solid State Drives in the 2.5” and 1.8” form factor. They are almost all designed and manufactured using NAND flash memory.
Generally that’s more than enough knowledge needed to make decision about which flash card to use in your mobile phone or camera. But, if you are designing a flash storage device into an Industrial, Medical or other OEM design which requires reliability, long life cycles, consistency of components, ruggedness and other characteristics, it helps to understand what’s under the hood…
Many of our best customers came to us with an issue caused by the wrong type of flash card in their application. Below I list a couple questions I was recently asked.