AEC-Q100-rated, automotive grade flash storage for ‘connected car’ market

February 04, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
SanDisk has introduced a range of robust, automotive grade NAND flash solutions designed for next-generation ‘connected cars’ and automotive infotainment systems.

The responsiveness and capacity of flash storage technology offers the potential for car manufacturers to continue to push the boundaries of the “connected car application experience”, SanDisk says. The SanDisk Automotive portfolio of storage solutions includes an automotive grade SanDisk SD card and iNAND embedded flash drive (EFD), which are available to automotive manufacturers in capacities up to 64 GB. Using proprietary flash storage architectures, these solutions are applicable to data-intensive automotive infotainment and connected car applications, enabling maps to load fast, improving touch-screen responsiveness, and reducing potential interference from driving on uneven or rough roadways.

These Automotive storage solutions are built to meet the reliability, endurance, quality and temperature demands of the automotive market, and are AEC-Q100 certified. The company points to its vertical integration and quality control, from flash memory wafer manufacturing to product assembly, test and analysis, to customer implementation. SanDisk adds that it is working closely with leading automotive chipset vendors to optimise the new automotive grade storage solutions for use with the latest application processors.

SanDisk automotive storage solutions features and specifications:

• Up to 64GB

• Temperatures from -40C to 85C

• Enhanced power immunity

• Up to 2 boot/2 user partitions

• Meets AEC-Q100 specifications

SanDisk Automotive iNAND EFD only:

• eMMC 4.51 HS200 specification

• Up to 30 sequential write/ up to 120MB/sec sequential read