IoT Solutions

NAND Flash Controllers for IoT Solutions

Internet of Things

Reliable, small and secure, storage solutions for “edge”, “fog” and “mist” computing as well as for cloud computing infrastructure – connected and smart

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be seen as an infrastructure and ecosystem for very different smart devices, which can be uniquely identified and have the ability to communicate over a network without necessarily requiring human involvement. In our modern age, it’s almost impossible to imagine a world without an IoT infrastructure. The scope of IoT also encompasses concepts such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, Industry 4.0, connected cars, smart metering, smart homes, smart cities, smart utilities, smart healthcare, smart aviation and connected transportation. IoT is expected to be a major growth driver for semiconductors as it enables new applications, services and business models. It is also expected that data storage capacity requirements will increase due to market requirements and demand.

IoT computing may have layers described as:

  • Edge – Refers to IoT devices and can be a single connected sensor or actor. Processing done at that level is also referred to as “edge.”

  • Fog & Mist – Closer to the “things” that produce and act on IoT data. Fog nodes can aggregate data, compute or respond with low latency.

  • Cloud computing – Data is stored in the cloud, referring to data centers with distributed and partly redundant storage locations. Any cloud-connected computing or processing device can now access and use that data. This may also refer to a corporate network or a virtual area with authorized access only within the internet.

Reliable storage is needed on all levels, and infrastructure equipment including wireless baseband stations, backbone routers and switches all use storage devices based on Hyperstone controllers. Also, Hyperstone supports embedded Flash storage solutions for “edge”, “fog” and “mist”  computing. Intelligent devices need to store firmware or logging data. Depending on the complexity of the edge device and the pre-processing done at the edge, an increasing code complexity is expected. Collected data at the edge is stored or buffered locally, possibly filtered and pre-processed before being sent to the next level of aggregation and consolidated to a central system. Depending on the application, sending raw data may not be feasible, efficient or safe. Important or sensitive in-flight data may be lost. Hence, local storage providing high reliability may be required. Also, security features may be needed so that sensitive data or data protected by privacy laws cannot be accessed unauthorized.

To ensure reliable decentralized storage for demanding applications, Hyperstone provides Flash controllers for embedded storage products such as SD or MicroSD cards, eMMC, CF cards, USB sticks, eUSB modules and SSDs. Also, Disk-on-Board (DoB) or Disk-on-Module (DoM) embedded Flash disks are used in IoT applications. Together with our technology partners, such as Flash and storage solution or module designers, we can provide suitable Flash storage solutions. Features such as health monitoring, security and our Application Programming Interface (API) can ensure the reliability and security of any distributed network or smart device.

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