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Robust flash storage for the industrial IoT

7th October 2015
Nat Bowers

Designed for the robust storage demands of connected industrial applications, SanDisk has announced a suite of intelligent NAND flash solutions. The outstanding performance and reliability, even in extreme temperature ranges, makes them suited for use in factory applications, industrial computing, utilities, medical equipment, surveillance camera systems, digital signage, robotics, point-of-sale solutions, large-scale printing, energy management and more.

With internet-connected things expected to outnumber humans by 4:1 in 2020 (Gartner Research's Internet of Things Scenario: When Things Become Customers, March 2015), as well as the move away from removable storage in smartphones and tablets, the retail-centric company has adjusted it's focus to the industrial sector, particularly the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The SanDisk Industrial solutions build on the high-endurance of the company's earlier consumer SD cards with new form factors and an extended temperature range up to +85°C. Kim Spaten, Director of Sales, Northern Europe, SanDisk, commented: "These industrial solutions are qualified up to 128TB written, which defines the endurance. These are the only products that SanDisk specify to an endurance level. It is because of the way that they are designed and engineered with endurance as the target that allows us to now specify this."

The SanDisk Industrial portfolio of storage solutions includes industrial grade SanDisk SD cards, SanDisk microSD cards and iNAND embedded flash drives, which are available to manufacturers in capacities up to 64GB. Built for endurance, the industrial solutions are optimised to perform well in a wide range of environments, delivering reliable speed and performance over extended lifecycles. This enables trusted, predictable storage performance for automated factory applications or read-intensive outdoor digital signage that must continuously play video and graphics for extended periods of time.

The SanDisk Industrial portfolio of solutions also includes the SanDisk Industrial XT iNAND EFDs and SD cards. Designed to perform in temperatures ranging from -40 to +85°C, SanDisk XT storage solutions are suitable for high temperature factory applications, utility operations in extreme climates and other intensive environments. The Industrial SD cards and microSD cards are removable and swappable, providing users the flexibility to quickly load or update large quantities of data and enabling easy maintenance and configuration.

Scott Dennison, Director of Marketing, Tyco Security Products, commented: “Our customers trust IllustraEdge cameras with exacqVision Edge video management system to reliably store and retrieve their surveillance video 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This demands storage that has high enough capacity to continuously record high resolution video and the endurance to reliably do so for years."

SanDisk Industrial XT SD cards:

  • Capacities: 8, 16, 32 & 64GB;
  • Sequential read/write up to 20MB/s; and
  • -40 to +85°C operating temperatures.

SanDisk Industrial XT iNAND embedded flash drives:

  • Capacities: 4, 8, 16 & 32GB;
  • e.MMC 4.51 HS200 specification;
  • Sequential write/read up to 30/120MB/s performance;
  • Enhanced Power Immunity;
  • Supports up to 2 boot/2 user partitions; and
  • -40 to +85°C operating temperatures.

SanDisk Industrial iNAND embedded flash drives:

  • Capacities: 4, 8, 16, 32 & 64GB;
  • e.MMC 4.41 and e.MMC 4.51 HS200 specifications;
  • Sequential write/read up to 30/120MB/s performance;
  • Enhanced Power Immunity;
  • Supports up to 2 boot/2 user partitions;
  • Supports Enhanced User Definable Area (EUDA) SLC partition; and
  • -25 to +85°C operating temperatures.

SanDisk Industrial SD & microSD Cards:

  • Capacities: 8, 16, 32 & 64GB;
  • Sequential read/write up to 20MB/s; and
  • -25 to +85°C operating temperatures.

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