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Flash Storage Solutions for Embedded Designs
High Reliability Flash SSDs, Cards and Modules for Industrial Applications

Replacing Legacy Storage Devices - Low Capacity SSDs and Flash Cards

Posted by Biraj Jamalayam on Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014

Oftentimes we get emails from customers looking for a Flash storage solution for an application that had been designed quite a few years back. Usually this involves either a low capacity HDD or Flash card replacement or an interface that has been technically obsoleted long ago.

Legacy Cockpit Electronics

As an example, one of our customers refurbishes old airplanes. The business involves keeping the plane hull and upgrading the cockpit electronics. Well, the old airplanes, obviously, have older components, and the HDD in the black box is typically in the 10's of Megabytes range. Nowadays, one can easily buy a HDD in 100's of Gigabytes or even Terrabytes, but to buy a brand new HDD with only 10's of Megabytes is not possible.


M.2, MO-300, MO-297 - New Flash Drive Standards Expand SSD Differentiation

Posted by Samuel Nakhimovsky on Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014

MO-297 Slim SATA Module

Seems just yesterday the battle raged between CompactFlash, SmartMedia, SD and Memory Stick Flash card form factors. Every one of these formats was driven by huge corporate interests that vested huge am

ounts of time and money to drive the customer momentum to their preferred product category. As the battles raged, SmartMedia and Memory Stick became road kills and are no longer being designed-in or even manufactured by the suppliers. Of the remaining formats, CompactFlash has lived on mostly in Industrial Applications and SD card, while still used, got miniaturized into much more popular mini and micro SD formats.


Smallest Form Factor - 7-pin SATA Flash Module - High Capacity in Tiny Space

Posted by David Chen on Monday, 17 Feb 2014

SATA Interface Standard Connectors

Many embedded motherboards have integrated a smaller 7-pin female SATA connector over the much more common 22-pin connector. The 22-pin connector, long a standard for HDD or SSD interface in PC motherboards, is actually quite sizable.

While the connector size oftentimes is not important in a high functionality desktop PC, for single board computers with dedicated specific task application, everything, including the SSD connector needs to be miniaturized.  The embedded industry quickly converted the motherboard design to a 7-pin SATA connector variant. Given that the Flash Memory Modules can be manufactured in a very small physical sizes, the memory modules also sized down near the size of the new connector.


SATA and ATA Disk Chips Overcome Vibration Impact - Directly Attached Flash SSD

Posted by Samuel Nakhimovsky on Monday, 17 Feb 2014

SATA and ATA Disk Chip

One of the most often heard customer suggestions about the SSD or Flash card products is that neither product category offers a good reliable connection in a high vibration environment. SSDs, Flash card and module are most often mated to the motherboard through a male/female socket and connector. This interconnect doesn't offer a reliable attachment, especially in a high vibration application. Over time the connector pins wear out and lose signal integrity, therefore causing drive failures or intermittent system operation.

The request has been to develop a directly attached Flash storage product to have a common socket/pin-out for easy capacity migration, offer sizable capacity and high reliability.