Embedded Computing Design's Best in Show Awards recognize innovative solutions for embedded, IoT, and machine learning engineers that will be showcased at the Embedded World 2019 Exhibition & Conference. Here, we outline nominees for the 2019 Best in Show Award in the category of Storage and Memory.
- ATP Electronics Industrial Temperature M.2 2280 NVMe SSD
- Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH BG4 NVMe SSD Series
- Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH Universal Flash Storage Version 3.0 Embedded Memory Devices
- VelocityFS by Tuxera
- Western Digital iNAND AT EU312 UFS Embedded Flash Drive
- Western Digital Purple microSD Card 256 GB
ATP's industrial temperature-rated NVMe SSDs deliver stable performance even in extreme temperatures ranging from -40 ºC to +85 ºC. Adopting the NVMe 1.2 specification and integrating 3D NAND technology, ATP's M.2 2280 NVMe modules offer up to 1 TB of memory capacity and deliver boosted performance with sequential read speeds up to 2,540 MBps, sequential write speeds up to 1,100 MBps, and up to 100,000 random IOPS.
- M.2 2280 NVMe modules are a unique product offering, providing industrial temperature ratings in NVMe/PCIe M.2 SSD form factors
- Product development begins at the wafer and IC level, including NAND characterization and screening to ensure weak blocks are screened out for extended product reliability and longevity.
Utilizing the latest 96-layer BiCS FLASH technology, the NVMe SSD BG4 family provides up to 1 TB of client-class memory in an M.2 1620 BGA package, as well as an M.2 2230 form factor module. Random read IOPS of 380,000 can be achieved along with 190,000 random write IOPS through its four-lane PCIe Gen3 interface. Compared to the previous generation of single package SSDs (BG3), the BG4 family is up to 153 percent faster in random read performance while delivering an energy savings of 20 percent. It is ideal for ultra-mobile, embedded, and boot drive applications.
High-speed, durable, reliable flash memory is imperative for all computing applications. Whether it is storing the memories of a family day out, saving our business proposal, or retaining the boot configuration for our data centre, our choice of flash memory is critical. The BG4 family is underpinned with the latest advances in BiCS FLASH technology from Toshiba, the inventor of flash memory. 96-layers of carefully positioned lithography and years of experience are combined to make our fastest, most dense memory solution to date, enabling engineers new design freedoms to make their products smaller, faster, and more energy efficient.
With the eMMC interface having reached its limits, the full-duplex serial Universal Flash Storage (UFS) interface is taking its place. However, in order attain the performance gains delivered by the data interface, the associated flash technology also needs to keep pace. The high-performance UFS NAND mass storage from Toshiba combines the latest UFS Version 3.0 with our BiCS 3D NAND technology to provide a managed memory solution with a standards-based interface. Offered in a 153 ball FBGA package in densities of up to 512 GB, they include error correction, bad block management, wear-leveling, and garbage collection.
Consumer, multimedia, and industrial electronics applications continue to increase demand for high-speed access to larger quantities of data. On this quest to realize ever more complex smartphones, more meaningful entertainment experiences, and more intelligent factories, standardized interface, managed memory flash is always at the core. Toshiba's UFS embedded flash memory devices draw upon our expertise in BiCS 3D flash memory miniaturization to deliver solutions that can deliver data to a host microprocessor at speeds close to the upper limits standardized by the serial UFS interface.
VelocityFS is our high-performance flash file system designed for the edge storage of autonomous and connected cars. Developed in collaboration with all the major flash hardware vendors, it enables all the benefits of flash memory while alleviating the challenges with this technology such as write and erase wear. Unlike other file system alternatives, VelocityFS is custom-engineered for the hardware it's coupled with, bringing maximized performance and up to 3.2 times longer memory lifetime. Packed with automotive-grade features such as fail-safety and encryption, VelocityFS ensures sustained high storage performance of flash, enabling data-driven decisions for the future of cars.
Previously known as Tuxera Flash File System, VelocityFS is a result of years of research and development. It's a product of collaboration between world-leading file system engineers, the automotive industry, standard organizations, and major flash memory hardware vendors. Developed with a vision of creating the world's first flash-friendly file system, it provides an alternative to the commonly-used open-source file systems designed for the legacy storage of 1980s computers. VelocityFS works in unison with cutting-edge flash storage hardware, and is the only data storage engine designed to power the automotive edge computing needs of the future.
Based on the company's advanced 3D NAND architecture and UFS version 2.1 interface, the Western Digital iNAND AT EU312 EFD delivers write speeds of up to 550 MB/s, read speeds of up to 800 MB/s, and up to 256 GB of capacity. It features advanced memory management firmware and hardware, including robust ECC, as well as expanded smart features such as enhanced power failure protection, a comprehensive memory health status monitor, and OEM-configurable partitioning. To meet rigorous automotive quality management and reliability standards, the EFD is IATF 16949 certified and compliant with JEDEC47, ISO26262, and AEC-Q100 Grade 3 and Grade 2 standards.
Advancements in camera and sensor-based systems, infotainment, 3D/HD mapping and navigation, ADAS, V2V/V2I, and autonomous driving systems create a safer and more enjoyable driving experience – and are driving skyrocketing demand for faster, higher-capacity, high-reliability/high-endurance data storage to enable this data-intensive environment. The industry's first automotive-grade 3D NAND UFS EFD, the Western Digital iNAND AT EU312 EFD is compliant with key automotive standards for automotive quality management and reliability, providing automakers and Tier 1 manufacturers a high-capacity embedded storage solution for scalability in capacity, performance, and reliability that will be the foundation of connected cars, smart cities, and full autonomous driving.
Featuring Western Digital's 3D NAND technology, the surveillance-class WD Purple 256 GB microSD card offers continuous recording with up to 1,000 P/E cycles, high performance with speeds up to 80 MBps sequential read and 50 MBps sequential write, and Speed Class 10 and UHS Speed Class 1 support. A unique health monitor in compatible cameras provides users and system installers valuable information, including the card's endurance and capacity status. The rugged, humidity-resistant design enables continuous operation in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments ranging from -25 ºC to +85 ºC.
Designed for the demands of always-on 4K- and AI-enabled video at the edge, the WD Purple 256 GB microSD card is optimized for 24/7 operation to deliver long-lasting, on-camera storage for modern video surveillance systems. This enables surveillance system operators to capture and preserve video in a variety of HD and next-generation formats from cameras operating in extreme weather conditions and multiple indoor/outdoor environments. This supports surveillance system operators in achieving fast and critical business insights, whether it's a retailer utilizing surveillance to accurately analyze shopping behavior through facial recognition or a business employing surveillance video to keep their assets secure.
For more information on any of this year's Best in Show product nominations for the Embedded World 2019 Conference & Exhibition, contact Rich Nass, Executive Vice President and Brand Director, Embedded Computing Design.
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