SanDisk Corporation, a world-leading producer of flash storage devices, is announcing a new family of automotive grade NAND flash solutions that are geared towards next-generation ‘connected cars’ and their vehicle infotainment systems. SanDisk’s latest automotive NAND storage devices are optimized to provide high-performance, reliable and durable storage to a wide variety of in-vehicle usage applications. These applications include entertainment systems, intuitive driver assistance technology, data event recorders, 3D mapping and advanced augmented reality for navigation systems, and more.
As today’s vehicles quickly become more and more technologically advanced, we are seeing more and more ‘connected’ features that were previously only available on a smartphone. According to a recent Gartner Research study, it is forecasted that by the year 2020, one of every five vehicles on the road will feature some type of wireless network connection. This will equate to more than 250 million connected vehicles on our roads.
SanDisk’s automotive family of storage solutions include both automotive grade SD cards and automotive grade iNAND embedded flash drives (EFDs), which are being offered to automotive manufacturers in capacities up to 64GB. Utilizing SanDisk’s proprietary flash storage architectures, these new automotive grade storage solutions provide superior performance for data-intensive automotive ‘connected car’ applications and infotainment systems. This enables faster loading of maps, improved responsiveness of touch screen devices, and reduces problems caused by traveling on rough or uneven road surfaces.
According to Drew Henry, senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk’s Mobile and Connected Solutions, “Flash is enabling dramatic innovation in the auto industry and is expected to transform the car into one of the most connected devices we own. Our vertical integration and deep flash expertise uniquely enables us to architect our automotive grade storage solutions to provide the responsiveness needed to support new and emerging connected applications, as well as offering the reliability and trusted performance that’s absolutely critical for the automotive market.”
SanDisk’s automotive SD cards are offered in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB; with sequential read and write speeds of up to 20MB/s. They are able to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius, and meet AEC-Q100 specifications.
SanDisk’s automotive iNAND embedded flash drives are offered in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB; with sequential read and write speeds of up to 120MB/s and 30MB/s, respectively. They feature enhanced power immunity, and support up to 2 boot / 2 user partitions. SanDisk Automotive iNAND embedded flash drives are able to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius, and meet both AEC-Q100 specifications and the e.MMC 4.51 HS200 standard.
SanDisk is currently offering samples of their automotive grade storage solutions to leading automotive manufacturers around the world. For more info, you can visit the SanDisk Automotive Storage Solutions product page here; and you can view the press release in its entirety here.