Whether you’re using a USB flash drive or secure digital cards, you’re using flash memory. Flash memory, or NAND flash, has become a major part of every industry as we incorporate technology into anything and everything. One of the best attributes of NAND is that it does not require being powered on to actively store the memory; it continues to hold memory until manual deletion. This is an important feature because it makes NAND more cost-efficient than DRAM memory, which must be powered on to hold data.

There are two types of NAND flash memory, single level cell, and multi-level cell. The single-level cell, also known as SLC, is the better performing, yet pricier of the two. The SLC holds one bit per cell, while the multi-level cell, which is also known as the MLC, holds two bits per cell.

NAND cells do not last forever, and they were not intended to. The cells have a limited amount of cycles which it can be written over— and eventually, they burn out. To make sure your data is stored safely, it is important the wear is leveled out across all blocks, so the device does not wear unevenly and fail prematurely.

Solid state drives (SSD) are a better version of NAND memory. They play an important role to some industries where heavy loads of non-volatile memory may be necessary. SSDs are a replacement to hard disk drives, or standard disk drives. Because they have no moving parts, they don’t suffer from mechanical latencies and can be subjected to more shock and vibrations than a hard disk drive, making them great for portable use and mobile applications. The SSD is usually able to write 20 GB per day. They operate in hundreds of milliseconds which makes them far more efficient version than a hard drive.

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Flash memory is used as a storage device just like a hard drive or Ram. What sets it apart is its size and portability. The ease transferring data from one computer to another using a flash drive is a breeze due to its ease of use. The flash drive can be plugged into a USB port in a laptop or computer, when this is accomplished, you can easily move files from your computer to the flash drive. This makes it possible to transport information through a storage device that’s small, convenient, and compatible with all computers and laptops.

Flash drivers have EEPROM (Electronically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) chips. The drive has transistors and columns that align with a cell that make flash memory possible. Tunneling and erasing are vital functions of Flash Memory. Tunneling is used to alter electrons that are essential for flash memory to function and makes erasing files on flash memory is easy.

A great alternative to flash memory drives are flash memory cards. Flash memory cards are smaller and have no noise, no moving parts and it allows quick access compared to a drive. With these benefits, people would ask why don’t we use memory cards and not flash drives since they are faster, smaller, and less chance for malfunction? It’s because the flash drives are significantly cheaper. You can get much more memory for the price with a memory drive, which even though it has drawbacks compared to the memory cards, its still extremely reliable and can be trusted with the files you would like to save or share.

Its clear the benefits of being able to travel anywhere and being able to bring files to be shared or transferred. The ease of use and speed of flash memory is undeniable.

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Flash memory is used broadly every day in all types of products memory products including mobile phones, cameras, computers and more! Flash is created to last for an extended amount of time especially for its diverse application methods there is a never-ending demand for it. However, there has been an increase in unauthorized resellers who are disposing of used chips in the flash and reselling the flash as a new product.  This can negatively impact the buyer because of the unethical approach to the dispensing method as well as the quality that is being compensated. To avoid situations of buying a falsely advertised flash, the engineers at the University of Alabama began to research a way to identify the possible usage of the flash memory.

Flash memory is composed of three parts which are the gate, drain, and source. The voltage makes its way on the control gate which moves the electrons to down the bottom oxide which fastens it inside the floating gate. The voltage needed is readily measurable with the stored charge.

The chips are removed by driving charge out the floating gate. The engineers found the alteration to the flash, affects the flash memory negatively due to the currents leaking through when it needs to be turned off. This also lowers the rate of the charge moving through the device, which slows down the flash, which takes a toll on the memory’s erase time.

Research that has been reported says IEEE International Symposium in Washington D.C., the engineer’s technique was able to decipher recycled flash memory with as little as three percent usage. Overall the effects of the research played to decipher which flash memory had a history of usage and the long-term effects of what used flash memory is.

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The carbon nanotube memory’s ship has finally came. Nantero made the non volatile random access memory or NRAM which has way passed its sell date. It seems as this this type of technology was not competitive as it is coming almost close to a decade later than other company’s launch dates.

Because this NRAM use nanotube groups that are deposited randomly within a space on a substrate as opposed to being individually place in very specific places within a space, MRAN is able to easily mass produce these products.

Nantero wasn’t in the best shape in the past, however things changed after a deal was made between Fujitsu and the company. Chris Spivey, the senior editor at BCC said that,

“Fujitsu announced that they see NRAM as having a natural place alongside their ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM).”

Here’s what Johnson wrote about what Takashi Eshita, the senior director of system recovery at Fujitsu told Spivey.

“…Although FRAM has excellent advantages, such as high speed, low power consumption, high endurance, and so on, shrinking its size is slightly difficult. NRAM has the potential to be ramped up to large memory capacities, so with that in mind, Fujitsu decided to boost its non-volatile memory lineup by starting to develop NRAM for large-scale memories.”

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Many people are always seeking for the best options when it comes to SD cards.  There are many types and many different ones that are currently being offered. There are many different types and many different productions of them. Many are good and many are not as good. Therefore, StartTech has released a new idea.

They have announced that they are releasing a new SD card where is it a dual slot SD card and it enables users to read and write at the same time.it has a better memory span and has a large memory storage. This is mainly important for photographers and videographers because it helps them do their job much easier and enable them to be productive in the amount of time they have.  It is especially important to those who import photos and video.

This is beneficial because it is so efficient and will save them a lot of time. a project manager Scott Burton said “These dual-slot SD card readers provide creative professionals with ultra-fast speed to SD cards and the ability to quickly import images and videos from their devices” he also emphasized With their small, portable form factors and integrated cables, these products are extremely compact, making them versatile enough to use in the studio or out in the field.”

This is a great improvement and it proves that our technology is becoming more efficient which is what matter. The quality is also another important factor that this new SD can produce the best quality and is reliable for users to use. Scott also mentioned to use in the studio or out in the field.”

These new SD cards are becoming very popular and a lot of people are buying them. Many stores are also wanting to start selling them since they know this is a great product that will help their revenue. They are currently accessible at Amazon.co.uk, insight, and Misco. It is distributed by Enta, Ingram Micro and Exertis.

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The computing industry is constantly on the hunt for higher speed for both data storage and data transfer. Taking advantage of the technology development that is persistently on the rise, the industry was able to overcome an enormous obstacle such as not being dependent on the conventional form of energy, and instead it started simply operating on a source of light.

This is not the first trial to make a much faster and more energy efficient computer, but previous experiments were known to result in a much shorter life span, and weren’t considered very practical since it relied on a continuous supply of light in order for it to operate properly.

Professor Bhaskaran at University of Oxford who is also a Nano-engineering expert has indicated more advantages in shifting to this innovative stage. These benefits are a result of the change in material characteristics known as the phase change material (PCM).

PCM is capable of storing and releasing an immense amount of energy by absorbing heat and releasing it while the material transforms from a solid state to a liquid state, and vice versa. This technically occurs by light pulses targeting the PCM to convert the material from solid (atoms are arranged in a more organized or crystalline manner) to liquid (atoms are arranged in an amorphous manner).

Another PCM element shows that by controlling the source of light, the material can be converted into a mixed state (hybrid of crystalline & amorphous orientation). This basically means more memory storage since more information can be transferred into the same capacity.

This concept could possibly require an extensive amount of time and further research to have it prepared to be used on a mass scale and launched into the market. Having that said, this fresh technology could be used to enhance data centers’ performance in the near future. This has greatly encouraged giant companies in the telecommunications industry to start accepting the challenge to adapt to a more performance and energy efficient progression.

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SanDisk unveiled their latest microSD card this past weekend, one that sees a vast increase in storage capacity.The new card can hold up to a record 200 gigabytes of storage – an increase of over fifty percent from their last model. It was just about this time last year when SanDisk came out with a 128 GB card, also a record at the time. This sort of storage capability comes from the demand of the way most people use their phones nowadays. Instagram, Twitter, and other social media outlets have changed the way pictures and videos are shared, and has caused the necessary increase in how much storage is needed. “Mobile devices are completely changing the game. Seven out of ten images captured by consumers are now from smartphones and tablets. Consumers view mobile-first devices as their primary means for image capture and sharing, and by 2019, smartphones and tablets will account for nine out of ten images captured,” said Christopher Chute, Vice President of Worldwide Digital Imaging Practice at IDC.

“As the needs of mobile users continue to change, SanDisk is on the forefront of delivering solutions for these demands as is clearly illustrated through their growing portfolio of innovative products, including the new 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card.” As Snapchat stories continue to grow in length, SanDisk will continue to push the envelope. “We continue to push technology boundaries to deliver record-breaking solutions that transform the way consumers use their mobile devices,” said Dinesh Bahal, Vice President of Product Marketing for SanDisk. “By focusing on achieving new capacity and speed milestones, we are able to deliver trusted mobile memory solutions that give consumers the freedom to never stop capturing, saving, or sharing – with the benefit of fast speeds to transfer it all quickly.” Some details of the world’s highest capacity microSD card include:

  • Ideal for premium Android™-based smartphones and tablets
  • Transfer up to 1200 photos a minute with premium transfer speed of up to 90MB/s
  • Holds up to 20 hours of Full HD video
  • Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback
  • Water proof, temperature proof, shock proof, X-ray proof and magnet proof
  • Comes with SD™ adapter for use in MIL cameras

Via our proprietary website ASAP Memory, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of SanDisk products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current SanDisk parts at www.asap-memory.com . If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapmemory.com or 1-1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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