SanDisk has introduced an SD flash card for cars, toughening up its standard product to withstand life in the jerky mobile micro data centre hell that is the road warrior's chariot.
Its Automotive SD card features:
- 8, 16, 32 and 64GB capacities
- up to 20MB/sec sequential read speed
- Operating temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C
- Power failure protection
- Memory health status monitor
- OEM customisation capabilities
- Enhancements for read-intensive applications, such as navigation
The 64GB card has an SDXC form factor; the others being SDHC. In both cases the dimensions are 0.94-inch x 1.25-inch x 0.08-inch (24 mm x 32 mm x 2.1 mm.)
SanDisk says the card is built to meet the reliability, quality and temperature demands of the automotive market.
Compared to actual data centres, the IO performance demands on the card are minimal; a 20MB/sec sequential read speed is hardly high performance.
Auto manufacturers can customise the card, as well as remotely monitoring the thing to see if it's operating okay and find out if/when card upgrades or replacements are needed.
SanDisk will add the Automotive card set of features to its Industrial and Industrial XT SD card products. Samples of all three will be available in March. ®
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