Flash Memory Suits Next-Gen Automotive Applications

July 24, 2019 Rich Nass

With all that’s going on in the design of current automobiles, there’s become a huge need for memory. Western Digital is addressing that need for storage by equipping vehicle manufacturers and system solution providers with the technology and capacity to support both current and future applications including e-cockpits, AI databases, ADAS, advanced infotainment systems, and autonomous computers. As the first 256 Gbyte e.MMC using 64-Layer 3D NAND TLC flash technology in the automotive market, the iNAND AT EM132 EFD extends the life of e.MMC beyond 2D NAND to meet today’s application needs and growing capacity requirements.

This trend requires flash to be designed for extreme automotive environments, including a temperature range up to 105°C, as well as meeting the quality and reliability requirements critical for these applications. Other applications that can take advantage of this high-capacity solution include data recorders, digital clusters, gateways, and V2X communications.

The iNAND AT EM132 EFD is IATF16949 certified, AEC-Q100 compliant, and adheres to the ISO26262 NAND flash Safety Mechanisms guidelines. It also encompasses a feature set designed for intensive automotive workloads, including:

  • Advanced health monitoring
  • Thermal management
  • Auto and manual read refresh
  • Robust power management
  • Data retention exceeding JEDEC standards

The iNAND AT EM132 is sampling now.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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