NAND flash solutions target connected cars

3rd February 2015
Siobhan O'Gorman

NAND flash solutions, designed for next-gen ‘connected cars’ and automotive infotainment systems, have been introduced by SanDisk. The company’s portfolio of automotive storage solutions includes an automotive grade SanDisk SD card and iNAND embedded flash drive. The devices, which are AEC-Q100 qualified, are available in capacities of up to 64GB and operate across a temperature range of -40 to 85ºC. 

Utilising SanDisk’s proprietary flash storage architectures, these solutions enhance automotive infotainment and connected car applications, enabling maps to load faster, improving touch-screen responsiveness and reducing potential interference from driving on uneven or rough surfaces.

According to Gartner Research, approximately one in five vehicles on the road will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, amounting to more than 250m connected vehicles in service.

“Flash is enabling dramatic innovation in the automotive industry and is expected to transform the car into one of the most connected devices we own,” said Drew Henry, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Connected Solutions, SanDisk. “Our vertical integration and deep flash expertise uniquely enables us to architect our automotive grade storage solutions to provide the responsiveness needed to support new and emerging connected applications, as well as offer the reliability and trusted performance that’s absolutely critical for the automotive market.”

“It is increasingly becoming clear that tier 1 auto makers will no longer just compete on the road-performance, comfort and gas mileage they offer, but also the infotainment and connected car experiences they deliver to drivers. For these types of applications, the responsiveness and capacity of flash makes it a suitable storage medium,” said Richard Robinson, Director of the Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics.

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