Lower operating costs. Improved worker safety. Increased production output. Reduced factory lead times. The benefits of fully automated production facilities are many and varied, but can only be realized through storage that can read and write data at low latency, support high-write/erase cycle endurance and work over an extended temperature range. These requirements make flash memory critical to the factory automation process.
However, just any old flash storage won't cut it. Factories can be tough environments, with extreme temperatures and high levels of shock and vibration, so it's important to use industrial flash memory that's built to handle these conditions. Using the right type of flash memory is key to avoiding expensive shut downs, lost products, and potential harm to employees.
Specifically SLC NAND flash memory, which offers an ideal balance between cost and performance to store boot and small to medium OS code for many applications.
Delkin Devices, leading storage supplier to industrial and embedded OEMs, has made KIOXIA SLC NAND the flash memory of choice for its lineup of rugged, controlled storage options for automation in industrial settings. As the inventor of NAND flash and one of the largest suppliers of SLC NAND, KIOXIA is committed to supporting multiple SLC legacy solutions. KIOXIA offers wide range of densities and multiple package options.
Here are a couple of setting-specific scenarios where SLC NAND flash really shines:
Keeping Downtime to a Minimum
When a new flash memory device is introduced or a component is changed in a factory setting, it has to undergo a lengthy, disruptive, and costly retesting and recertification process. To minimize downtime and disruption, it's important for factories using flash memory for automation to receive advanced notice in case of a component change or phasing out of a device. Additionally, flash memory used in factories should be able to handle power losses with a reduced risk of data loss and have low power consumption needs for smooth operation.
Staying Powered Up
It's also important to consider how flash memory will handle power losses in a factory setting. Power failures can't always be prevented, so the flash memory should be able to survive them without significant data loss. Additionally, lower power consumption is preferable to keep factory automation running smoothly.
Did You Know?
- Has the longest lifespan of any kind of flash memory. Fewer charges are required for read and write operations with SLC flash memory, since only one bit of data is stored on each cell. As a result, the wear and tear on the storage device is minimized. This level of endurance means that there are fewer replacements necessary, leading to more uptime for factory operations.
- Can endure extreme operating conditions. Most SLC flash memory can withstand temperatures that range from -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C. This is critical in factory conditions. Additionally, with the right assembly processes, SLC flash memory is typically capable of tolerating the shock and vibration levels that are common in factories without losing any functionality.
- Is the fastest flash available. This speed helps factories run as efficiently as possible, without delays caused by slow memory operation
In Delkin’s own words
“KIOXIA has been a long-time supplier of multiple SLC devices to us, supporting a wide range of our products,” said Jovanne Sanchez, director of product management for Delkin. “We know we can rely on KIOXIA to provide us with reliable, high-performing, low density NAND, as well as expert, hands-on support – whenever and wherever we need it.”
Learn more about SLC NAND flash memory from KIOXIA.
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