14Aug
Why technical support isn't what it used to be ...

Why technical support isn't what it used to be ...

For too many companies, support stops once their business has been won. This is a serious problem for companies who are designing products for markets that require longevity. 

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17Jul
Reliable Storage for Event Recording

Reliable Storage for Event Recording

Reliable real-time data storage is required in many industries. One particularly demanding example is black boxes in transportation systems, such as the airplane flight-data recorder and train event recorder. These have very strict requirements for rugged and reliable computing and storage. 

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18Jun
A simplified comparison: Warehouses & NAND Flashes

A simplified comparison: Warehouses & NAND Flashes

The technology can be complex, but when trying to explain it in a simple way one could argue that a flash memory is a warehouse with empty shelves and the controller is the logistics managing it.

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21May
How to accurately measure performance in embedded storage

How to accurately measure performance in embedded storage

When deciding which solid-state drives (SSDs) to specify for a certain system or product, it would be customary to delve into the spec sheets and select the one with the best stated performance. But is this the performance that you can expect to achieve over the lifetime of the drive? 

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16Apr
How much is your storage system really costing you?

How much is your storage system really costing you?

When considered holistically, total cost of ownership becomes a vital consideration when designing a product or system. Spending a bit more at the outset can reap huge rewards in operating costs, avoiding failures and ensuring that devices are trusted and valued by the industries they serve.

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19Mar
The advantages of an industrial USB flash drive

The advantages of an industrial USB flash drive

The USB form factor is most commonly known for its consumer flash drive. Whilst there is a soaring demand in consumer markets, what is often overlooked is the USBs potential in industrial storage systems due to its flexibility, speed, and robust design.

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14Feb
Choosing the right SSD could save you more than just your data

Choosing the right SSD could save you more than just your data

There’s a saying that goes ‘buy cheap, buy twice’, the meaning of which is fairly clear; if you choose a cheaper and inferior product, you will probably need to replace it sooner than you’d hoped.

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17Jan
Tackling the tradeoffs with using Flash memory in an embedded design

Tackling the tradeoffs with using Flash memory in an embedded design

Reaching the best performance of a storage device always comes at a price. This can include reliability, data safety and storage capacity for example. Therefore, it is important to understand the use case of your storage application

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11Dec
The importance of health monitoring

The importance of health monitoring

Knowing when the storage system will reach its end of life is an important  information for industrial applications to avoid unexpected system failures, which might result in data losses. For that, there are SMART health monitoring tools, giving the user information about the health status of the NAND flash system.

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6Nov
Why power fail management is an essential feature for industrial applications

Why power fail management is an essential feature for industrial applications

Power fail management is an essential feature in NAND flash based applications, especially industrial storage solutions where the NAND flash memory controller manages the transactions of sensitive data. 

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18Oct
How Disk-on-Board can deliver significant benefits for mass storage

How Disk-on-Board can deliver significant benefits for mass storage

Often overlooked, DoB solutions can save companies significant amounts of money and have an array of benefits for industrial systems allowing for flexible system design, a lower BOM, easier certification and further optimization opportunities

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18Sep
From Sand to Silicon: How are microchips made?

From Sand to Silicon: How are microchips made?

The heart of modern processors - California’s high tech region got its name through the Silicon that is the bread and butter of the semiconductor industry. But how are microchips actually produced?

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23Aug
Platforms provide access, API's allow for differentiation

Platforms provide access, API's allow for differentiation

We’re all about platforms today, there are even companies that offer Platforms as a Service. It isn’t surprising, because a platform can provide access to a huge amount of functionality at a fraction of the cost of development. 

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20Jul
The role of the Flash controller: Hiding inherent imperfections

The role of the Flash controller: Hiding inherent imperfections

NAND Flash has a number of inherent characteristics that need to be managed to ensure reliability, performance and lifetime, and it is the job of the Flash controller to do this. 

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25Jun
What is and how does NAND Flash Memory work?

What is and how does NAND Flash Memory work?

A type of NVM technology that stores data in arrays of memory cells that are made using Floating-Gate MOSFET transistors. NAND Flash is a cost competitive technology that has become a serious contender to replace HDDs

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7Jun
NAND Flash controllers – The key to endurance and reliability

NAND Flash controllers – The key to endurance and reliability

The interface between a host system and Flash memory is handled by the Flash controller. As well as providing the physical interface, the controller also has to manage the usage of the Flash memory to optimise performance, endurance, reliability and lifetime. Flash memory has some specific characteristics that the controller needs to handle correctly to achieve these goals. Among these are the process for writing data, the limited number of program/erase cycles of Flash memory cells, and error handling.

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22May
NAND Flash is displacing hard disk drives

NAND Flash is displacing hard disk drives

According to Markets and Research, the non-volatile memory market is expected to be over $81 billion in 2022, with an annual growth rate of 9.96%. 

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17Apr
Solid State bit density and the Flash Memory Controller

Solid State bit density and the Flash Memory Controller

Solid-state or Non-volatile memory is rapidly displacing magnetic media in mass storage, and this goes beyond the ubiquitous “thumb drive” to include high-density storage in servers. NAND Flash, the most prevalent form of solid-state storage, has many benefits, but increasing storage capacity and bit-density while maintaining sufficient reliability is a challenge for the industry. The Flash memory controller and its associated firmware play a crucial role in supporting developments in Flash-based mass storage.

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