Robust flash storage suits automotive & IIoT markets

1st March 2016
Nat Bowers

Expanding the company’s robust, intelligent solutions designed to address the vast data generated by connected applications in automotive and industrial markets, SanDisk has introduced its latest gen automotive flash storage solution, an automotive grade SD card optimised to meet the unique storage demands of the 'connected car'.

The new card includes a suite of built-in smart features that enhance reliability and allow OEMs to better manage storage in data-intensive automotive environments. SanDisk is also bringing these OEM-optimised features to its Industrial and Industrial XT SD cards.

Oded Sagee, Senior Director, Connected Solutions, SanDisk, commented: “The IoT is the most dynamic force to impact the automotive and industrial markets in a decade, driving exciting new opportunities for connectivity as well as new challenges for how to store, process and manage the data it creates. Our newest SanDisk Automotive and SanDisk Industrial flash storage solutions are ideal for connected applications in these markets, offering exceptional dependability and performance as well as new smart features that enable our OEM customers to better maximise their storage.”

Trusted storage for the connected car

SanDisk’s newest AEC-Q100 certified SanDisk Automotive SD card enables OEMs to bring intelligent, reliable and high-capacity data storage to a wide array of advanced, in-vehicle applications and systems, such as 3D and HD navigation and mapping systems, data event recorders, ADAS, telematics and more. The automotive grade SD card is built to meet the intense reliability, quality and temperature demands of the automotive market.

The SD card offers a new suite of smart features. These include enhanced power failure protection, a memory health status monitor, OEM customisation capabilities and enhancements for read-intensive applications, such as navigation. With these features, automotive manufacturers can designate and programme a SanDisk Automotive SD card for use exclusively with a specific connected application. Manufacturers can also remotely and proactively monitor the easily removable SD card to ensure that it is operating at its ideal performance level or to identify when card upgrades or replacements are needed.

“Cardwave works extensively with automotive customers, offering solutions for the ever-growing needs of the connected car. The automotive grade solutions from SanDisk provide Cardwave customers with innovative, cost-effective and robust flash storage to meet the demands for the next generation of connected car applications and sub-systems,” said Paul Norbury, Chief Executive Officer, Cardwave.

Optimised solutions for connected industrial applications

SanDisk’s new smart features will be available in SanDisk Industrial and SanDisk Industrial XT SD card solutions. These industrial-grade cards are intended for use by OEMs in market segments that demand high endurance and reliability even in extreme temperatures, including factory applications, industrial computing, utilities, medical equipment, robotics, point-of-sale solutions, large-scale printing and many other applications. The inclusion of the new features enables OEMs to better manage the intensive data demands of a variety of applications in the industrial market, from commercial drones to industrial gateway systems to security cameras and more.

Samples of SanDisk Automotive, SanDisk Industrial and SanDisk Industrial XT SD card solutions with the new smart features will be available in March in the United States and Europe, in capacities up to 64GB.

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