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Discover the latest news and expert insights from the flash memory industry.

eMMC woes for Tesla were entirely avoidable

Bringing a product to market is challenging. With something as sophisticated as a car there are years of planning and a great deal of investment involved. New models have to stand on their own feet as well as contribute more...

Understanding SD cards

Understanding SD cards Flash memory cards have many different markings on them.‭ Each one has a particular meaning, and between them they signify the technical capabilities of each card. The marks are standardised, so that cards from different makers can...

Kajou selects Cardwave to provision, package and deliver microSD cards

Kajou selects Cardwave to provision, package and deliver microSD cards Social enterprise Kajou needed fully loaded and packaged microSD cards delivered to to Senegal and to the African Continent at short notice. With duplication, print, packaging and international transportation experience,...

Cardwave provide OneOcean with USB drives

Cardwave provides OneOcean with USB drives Global maritime regulatory and compliance is complex and rules change frequently. OneOcean provides vessel owners, managers and crew with vital data on USB flash drives provisioned, printed and distributed by Cardwave. CASE STUDY CUSTOMER...

Flash memory terms explained

Flash memory terms explained We often find customers struggle with the technical terms used by companies in the flash memory sector. Here we explain some of the most frequently used terms, to help those new to the sector do business...

Cardwave’s certifications and compliance

Cardwave’s certifications and compliance As a global company, Cardwave complies with relevant national and international standards, including those relating to business processes, substance use, and design and production. We are certified to two ISO standards. We constantly monitor and assess...

Embedded vs removable flash memory

Embedded vs removable flash memory Flash Memory is a crucial part of any product in which it features‭. Care needs to be taken to ensure the right memory is specified‭. ‬A key choice will be between embedded and removable flash...

HERE Technologies selects Cardwave for end-to-end flash drive duplication

HERE Technologies selects Cardwave for end-to-end flash drive duplication Location data and technology platform, HERE Technologies uses Cardwave to provide flash drive duplication, printing, packaging and distribution, consolidating a long term relationship into a broad, end-to-end service. CASE STUDY CUSTOMER...

Why we use bit-by-bit duplication

Why we use bit-by-bit duplication For a device to function optimally using the data on flash memory, that data must be perfect in every respect. The 100,000th flash memory card duplicated must be identical to the first one that came...

Cardwave and Raspberry Pi: a longstanding partnership

Cardwave and Raspberry Pi: a longstanding partnership Cardwave provides microSD cards for official Raspberry Pi computer kits. The cards contain the operating system, software and user data. Consistent, high quality supply of microSD cards is vital for the Raspberry Pi...

Why is the entry level data storage size for flash memory rising?

Does anyone reading this remember when flash memory card capacity was measured in megabytes rather than gigabytes? When SD cards first became available in 2000, following on from a number of earlier flash storage media formats, they were available in...

Balancing the risk of quality vs price

Flash memory exists in many different formats and has many different grades of robustness. Some are designed for use in challenging conditions, perhaps in industrial situations where it might have to withstand vibration, extremes of heat and cold, or the...

Planning for a volatile flash memory market

Flash memory supply can be volatile at the best of times, with fluctuations in availability resulting in price variation or even making it impossible to get the memory you need. We are not currently in the best of times. The...

Why Cardwave invested during the pandemic

2020 has been a challenge for everyone, including Cardwave. Although our business slowed significantly last year, I decided to go ahead with a major capital investment so we’d be ready to offer a new service as soon as our customers...

Embedded or removable memory?

Deciding whether to use removable or embedded memory is one of the earliest decisions a designer has to make, so getting it right is crucial to the rest of the development process. Sometimes the choice is clear cut, but in...

Discover our SanDisk partnership video

Our partnership with SanDisk has enabled us to deliver large volume, flash storage programming with the latest OS for our Raspberry Pi vendors. With Europe's largest flash memory centre, years of experience delivering flash storage solutions; we are perfectly positioned...

Using microSD Cards with Raspberry Pi FAQ

What memory card should I use for Raspberry Pi?  The Raspberry Pi uses the microSD form factor. There are plenty of choices available, but it is important you choose a card that will get the best out of the Pi and therefore give your customers...

Speed test results on the Raspberry Pi

Background At the heart of every Raspberry Pi is the microSD card, this card contains all the software required to boot up the Pi and execute commands and functions. It acts very much like the disk drive in your PC...

Providing flash memory for Raspberry Pi

Our success in working with Raspberry Pi from its beginning to today Problem: Providing the operating system for the Raspberry Pi on removable flash storage. To achieve this we had to overcome technical, duplication and distribution challenges and come up...

Bit-by-bit duplication – What does it really mean?

Copying files to flash memory: bit-by-bit duplication What does copying a file mean? Not in the sense of ‘what’s the dictionary definition of copy’, but in the sense of ‘when a computer makes a copy of a file, what is it actually...

Flash memory selection – Our checklist for procurement managers

Flash memory selection - Our checklist for Procurement managers Procurement managers have to ensure that all the component parts required for manufacturing and assembling products arrive on time, on budget, and in good order.  When flash memory is a component in...

Implementing effective IT asset disposal

Implementing effective IT asset disposal Your IT assets and devices will eventually wear out, losing business value and becoming ineffective. It may seem obvious, but just because these devices are outdated, their memory storage does not just disappear. If not...

Flash memory selection – Our checklist for design engineers

Flash memory selection - Our checklist for design engineers A design engineer has to come up with a product that’s achievable in the real world from a cost and a components point of view. That means ensuring some very important points are...

Why are there different grades of flash memory – and what does that have to do with pizza?

Why are there different grades of flash memory – and what does that have to do with pizza?  Flash memory is on the face of it a very simple thing to understand. It’s a data repository. The data is written to the flash memory and can be...

Removable or embedded storage? Both have their advantages – and their disadvantages

Removable or embedded storage? Both have their advantages – and their disadvantages Deciding whether to use removable or embedded memory is a matter of weighing up the pros and cons of each option. There are manufacturing issues, features and functionality...

Flash Memory Technology FAQ

Flash Memory FAQ What is flash memory technology? Flash memory is a type of electronic, non-volatile memory storage used to transfer and store data. The convenience of use and extended list of benefits has resulted in the demand for flash...

Why are there so many flash memory form factors, how did we get here, and where are we going next?

Why are there so many flash memory form factors, how did we get here, and where are we going next? There have been many twists and turns in the development of flash memory, and there is plenty more change to...

Helping a leading automotive manufacturer navigate the memory maze

Helping a leading automotive manufacturer navigate the memory maze When this leading automotive manufacturer was struggling to find the right memory card for its new navigation and entertainment system, we were called in to assist. We discovered a disconnect between...

Why we work with every manufacturer – so our customers don’t have to

Why we work with every manufacturer - So our customers don’t have to One of the issues I’ve been reflecting on as we’ve developed this new website is how we’ve changed as a business since I set up Cardwave in...

A New Era for Cardwave

A New Era for Cardwave We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website. Flash memory is integral to all devices in our digital world. From mobile devices and home electronics to transport, infrastructure and manufacturing...

SD Cards: A trip down memory lane

SD initially was short for Secure Digital, a non-volatile memory card format developed for use in portable devices. Now known as SD memory cards, they may be small, but they’ve been on a big journey since their inception in the...

QUICK GUIDE: Fixed BOM and non-Fixed BOM solutions

  What does BOM stand for? Bill of Materials. What's a Bill of Materials? Every memory product that is manufactured has a bill of materials, a list of everything that is needed to build the product. This will include: Hardware...

31st March is World Backup Day

Back up your data today and don’t be an April fool tomorrow FACT: We’ve created more information in the last two years than in the entirety of recorded history. That’s an awful lot of photos, memories, and important documents. In...

Why microSD Express Memory Cards Rule: The Many Advantages of the PCIe and NVMe Standards

Article written by Yosi Pinto, Chairman of the SD Association. The latest version of the popular microSD form factor brings SSD levels of performance, creating a host of new opportunities for memory card users. In the nearly two decades since...

What’s the difference between one memory card and another? Part 2: The need for speed!

Choosing the right memory card for your application can be the difference between success and failure. Size, format, read/write speeds, storage capacity, operating environment, reliability, performance, longevity, brand and price, are all considerations. One of the most important factors has...

What’s the difference between one memory card and another? Part 1: Size matters!

They say that size matters, and it really does when it comes to memory cards. We’re not referring to the physical size of a card here, although SD and microSD memory cards are small, very small, which makes them the...

What’s the difference between one memory card and another? An Introduction

Choosing the right memory card for your application, whether as a consumer or OEM designer/manufacturer, is a big decision. Failing to secure the right memory for your application/device can result in under-performance. Ignoring the size difference between an SD and...

microSD Express – the fastest memory card for mobile devices

microSD Express joins SD Express in integrating PCIe® and NVMe™ for up to 985 MB/sec transfer rate with backwards compatibility Press Release from the SD Association, 25 February 2019 The SD Association announced today microSD Express, offering the popular PCI Express® and NVMe™...

IoT data dilemma

Data is at the heart of all IoT devices. From wearable technology such as smartwatches, to smart home tech like smart thermostats, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for smart cities, all are reliant on data to perform. Connected...

Happy Data Protection Day!

Yes 28th January is Data Privacy Day, or Data Protection Day for those of us in Europe. A day when we are all encouraged to stop and think about data, our own and that of others, how we store it,...

Operating System Upgrades

Operating System Upgrades Cardwave has worked with one of the nation’s largest energy providers to migrate their off-site workforce’s devices from an old operating system to a modern Windows platform. These mobile devices are carried by the organisation’s engineers and...

Media and Film

Media and Film Cardwave has worked with some of the biggest, most iconic media companies in the world handling many unique and highly complex projects. We have supported and project-managed a variety of innovative applications for solid-state media. Some of...

Automotive

Automotive Cardwave works closely with major automotive companies regarding their data requirements on a supply and consultancy basis. These companies operate across all sectors of automotive manufacture and automotive OEMs. Like today’s vehicles, flash memory technology is safe, rugged, reliable,...

Look smart in 2019

The concept of wearable technology is nothing new. The first watch, which was worn around the neck, was actually invented way back in 1500. In the 1600s pocket watches came into fashion and by the end of the century the...

A winning start to 2019

On Thursday 24th January 2019, the South West’s most ambitious, inspirational and exciting businesses, charities and individuals will gather at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Swindon, for the 2019 South West Business and Community Awards. Over 300 nominations have been...

Goodbye to 2018

As the Cardwave team gets ready to shut up shop for Christmas, founder and Chief Executive, Paul Norbury reflects on the past 12 months and looks forward to 2019… As we approach the end of the year I wanted to...

Memories about memory cards

What do you know about memory cards, their history and evolution? In today’s ‘smart’ world so much of what we do relies on data. As technology has evolved, demand for memory has grown. The need to store and process data...

A smarter future ahead

Voice assistants, smart thermostats, indoor security cameras, smart lighting, our homes are getting smarter by the day. Whilst the adoption of smart home technology hasn’t been as rapid as some anticipated, and hoped, research from IDC indicates 2019 could be...

3 is greater than 2 – FACT!

Memory overload In recent years demand for flash memory has gone through the roof, as our lives have been taken over by tech, both at work and at home. In addition to growing demand for memory, our demands on memory...

Cardwave visits local charity Devizes Opendoors with donations

On Friday 23rd November Emma, our Marketing Manager and her son visited Devizes Opendoors to deliver 6 bags of warm clothing donated by our staff. She commented “It was a humbling, yet heart warming experience speaking to volunteers and spending time...

Living on the Edge: A Data Storage Revolution

The new SD Express is an ideal vehicle for an edge storage and computing gateway The future is here, and it requires removable storage – lots of it. Trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT (IIoT), connected...

Cardwave agrees sponsorship for charity Christmas concert

  Sponsored by Cardwave Services Ltd and raising money this year for two fantastic charities - Devizes Opendoors and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the TITCO Christmas Concert is definitely one not to be missed. This year it will be held on...

Cardwave® confirm sponsorship of the Bishop Cannings U14 Jedis football squad

Paul Norbury, Chief Executive of Cardwave® is pleased to confirm sponsorship of the Bishop Cannings U14 Jedis football team for the 2018/2019 season. The football club is a not for profit organisation meaning that all the people who run and...

Don’t ‘dash’ to use any old memory card for your ‘cam’

Dash cam sector set to vrooom In recent years dash cam sales have been seriously motoring and show little signs of slowing down. Dash cams are no longer a novelty item, owned by the few that could afford them. A...

Change for the Better: Introducing SD Express

A demand for memory cards with higher speeds; improved protocols and interfaces; high performance sequential; and random access spurred the creation of SD Express. Article by Yosi Pinto, SD Association expert It’s not uncommon for consumer and business behaviors to...

Two local initiatives benefit from carbon footprint offsetting programme

As an ISO 14001:2004 accredited organisation, Cardwave is committed to reducing the impact of its carbon footprint on the environment and is thrilled to be supporting two local initiatives as part of their carbon footprint offsetting programme: Caenhill Countryside Centre...

Controllers: The Unsung Heroes in Achieving A2

Article by Rex Kuo, Senior Product and Project Engineer at Phison Electronics Corp, courtesy of the SD Association  All the buzz about A2’s stellar performance specifications would be for nothing without controllers guiding the promise into reality. The brain is...

Cardwave wins ‘Flying the Flag for Swindon & Wiltshire Tech’ at the inaugural Techies Awards

Oh what night! Paul Norbury and other members of the Cardwave team joined over 100 representatives from Swindon and Wiltshire's IT community last night at Hartham Park (near Corsham) for the inaugural The Techies awards ceremony. An initiative from The Business...

SD Memory Card Market to Exceed US$8.9 Billion in 2022

Rising demand for smartphones in developing regions is expected to create an opportunity for microSD memory card manufacturers. However, the presence of counterfeit SD memory cards in the market with inaccurate capacities is emerging as a key challenge in the...

How to say a proper (and secure) farewell to your old mobile

Out with the old, and in with the new For many of us the annual renewal of our mobile phone contract means the chance to change and more often than not upgrade our handset. The lovely shiny new device we...

Get creative with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is a small and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming Cardwave has been working with Raspberry Pi since the first NOOBS release. Our high tech duplication and production facilities have been delivering hundreds of thousands...

New Year, New Year’s Resolutions – the photographic kind!

So what does 2018 have in store for you? Holidays? A wedding? A big birthday? A new arrival? A house move? Unforgettable events and special moments, never to be repeated, unless of course you capture them on a camera. Gone...

Now Trending: SD Memory Cards

Eight trends in 2017, plus a look to the future By Paul Norbury, founder and Chief Executive at Cardwave Service Ltd. When historians of the future look back on the top tech trends of 2017, certain technologies will likely stand...

SSDs, USB Drives, SD Memory Cards: Know the Difference

Choosing the right storage option for the right application By: Keith Tsai Originally published here on the 1st November on the SD Association website. Gone are the days when consumers and businesses had to use unwieldy floppy disks, cassette tapes and CDs for...

An interview with Paul Norbury, founder and Chief Executive of Cardwave

At the end of 2017, Cardwave's founder and CEO, Paul Norbury shared his thoughts, views and hopes about the EU GDPR and the year ahead (2018) with Business Exchange Magazine. Here you can read what he had to say... Paul Norbury,...

Cardwave Christmas Cookbook

Anyone who follows Cardwave on Facebook will know that we're rather partial to a sweet treat or two. Seeing as it's Christmas we thought we'd share our love of food, and cooking, with you by putting together a little cookbook...

From an amazing adventure to a data disaster

Device management and data protection advice for action camera adventurers Action cameras have become a must-have for adrenalin junkies worldwide. On land or sea, in the air or on the ground, more and more people are participating in extreme sports,...

Cardwave staff achieve their ILM qualifications

Congratulations to Emma Charlton, our Marketing and Communications Manager and Lucy Bradfield, our Customer Account Executive who are the first of Cardwave's staff to complete their ILM qualifications funded through Wiltshire College who have accessed funding through the ESF Education...

Smartphone + Water = :-(

In days gone by a mobile phone was simply a portable telephone that allowed us to make and receive calls away from home, and were often only used in the case of an ‘emergency’. Oh how times have changed! Nowadays...

Cardwave® shares proceeds from office refurb sales with three local charities

Cardwave® Services Ltd in Devizes is delighted to announce that it has recently donated proceeds from the sale of their old office furniture to three local charities; Devizes Opportunity Centre, Julia’s House and Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Over the summer, the...

Cardwave shares best practice in 2016/17 Parliamentary Review

Cardwave Services, based in Devizes, features alongside a select number of outstanding UK organisations in a publication that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the review is to showcase best practice as a...

What you should know before storing data on a SD memory card

Thought Leadership - SD Association The 5 most critical traits about SD memory cards By: Crystal Chang User experience, and the constant need for more efficient and cost-effective products, continue to drive innovation of new technology and the evolution of...

Cardwave® achieves new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standards Certification

Cardwave Services Ltd, the global expert in flash memory specialising in removable and embedded solid-state storage system solutions, is proud to announce the achievement of the new standards ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard Certification. ISO 9001 is the world's most...

The dog ate my homework. Yes on the laptop. HONEST!

What to do when man’s best friend gets the munchies, or should we say the data crunchies! We love our pets and there’s nothing cuter than seeing an adorable puppy chewing and wrestling with something, until you realise that ‘something’...

Data recovery – can you do it yourself or do you need expert help?

Data is the lifeblood of your business operations As a home business owner if you were asked to name your most valued assets, things like equipment, technology, transportation, stock and perhaps your business partner, would spring to mind, but I...

SD Association adds higher app performance class and low voltage signaling to expand support for mobile devices

A2 features ramp up app performance on cards, give consumers more choices while low voltage signaling meets latest low-power mobile chipset requirements SD Specification 6.0 expands support for mobile devices with Application Performance Class 2 (A2) more than doubling random...

SD Association Doubles Bus Interface Speeds with UHS-III

Last week the SD Association announced UHS-III, doubling the fastest SD memory card transfer rate up to 624 megabytes per second (MB/s). UHS-III faster speeds help move large amounts of data generated by data-intense Gbps wireless communication, 360-degree cameras, drones,...

Is your head in the clouds when it comes to data protection and recovery?

Data loss, whether short or long-term, can be crippling to the day-to-day operations of an organisation which is why having a robust data protection and recovery plan in place is of paramount importance. Formal plans should address a) how company...

Making flash technology work for you

Your business is our business In recent years, there has been a mini explosion in the variety of uses for flash memory – most notably for IoT, mobile, automotive, drones and industrial applications, all of which have significant growth prospects...

Clean out your computer and avoid a data disaster

Today, 13th February, 2017 is clean out your computer day...     It can be worrying and frustrating when your computer is running slowly, but rarely do we stop to actually work out what’s causing it. The causes can be...

Cardwave makes second donation to the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature Project to offset carbon footprint

As an organisation, Cardwave is dedicated to reducing the impact of its carbon footprint through a programme of continuous assessments, improvements and offset.   Last year Cardwave donated to the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature Project, purchasing trees to create...

Cryptic messages, strange noises, unexplained disappearances…

  Warning signs that your hard drive is about to fail   Whilst most computer components are electrical, the hard drive is mechanical, and like anything mechanical its life is limited, over time its performance will deteriorate and ultimately it...

Understanding the Difference Between Consumer and Industrial SD Memory Cards

Industrial and OEM users have more unique options By:Paul Norbury   SD memory cards as a technology have a proven track record as the most successful removable storage form factor of all time. They are a simple, trusted and low-cost...

The Rise of 4K and 8K Content SD memory cards

Thought leadership article by Noriya Sakamoto SD memory cards are optimal for recording, storing and streaming ultra-high-definition content There’s been a lot of buzz lately in the consumer electronics market around one particular letter of the alphabet: K – as...

Look after your camera SD card and keep your images safe

Taking care of how you store and treat your camera SD card is just as important as keeping your camera in perfect condition. The SD cards that store your precious photos can sometimes be temperamental and shots can be lost...

Data Resus can help if the unthinkable happens

In today's fast moving world, we save data to all types of devices, from our digital cameras, video camera and smart phones to more sophisticated business systems. We all recognise the importance of the data, photographs and footage you shoot...

Don’t risk your data with free software recovery programmes

If your data or images are precious why would you risk using a free software programme over a cost effective solution you can trust and rely on which has been developed by a global expert in data recovery. Once you...

The Card Versus The Cloud

Card or cloud? That is the question that consumers and businesses will be asking themselves more and more frequently when they think about storing and sharing video, photos and other files – whether to upload the files to the cloud...

How does data recovery work?

There are many reasons you might lose data from an SD card, a USB, or a hard drive. Perhaps the device has experienced a technical problem and the data has corrupted, or the device can no longer be recognised by...

Interview with Paul Norbury

Read an interview in the August /September edition of the Business Exchange Magazine. Paul Norbury talks about how he got started, what makes Cardwave unique, plans for the future and the biggest concerns in the industry at the moment. Read...

Fake SD cards are still an industry issue

Last year, we looked at the danger of counterfeit SD cards, which, unfortunately, continues to be an issue that demands the attention of industry professionals. Like any product, SD memory cards are under threat from counterfeits on the market. These...

Removable Storage Flies High in Aerial Imaging

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are one of the most popular and quickly growing segments of the camera market, providing new possibilities for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Along with the explosive growth of this market comes an...

Data can be lost and recovered in a flash

There are many factors that contribute to data loss. It isn’t surprising that the number one cause of data loss is human error. Other reasons for data loss include: • Hardware failure. • Power-related problems. • Flood/water damage. • Fire/heat/smoke...

11 Myths about Embedded SSD’s

The facts about a complex technology like solid-state storage in embedded/industrial applications can get distorted, blurred, or otherwise indistinct from the truth-to the point where casual observers can make neither heads nor tails of SSDs.   Consumer-grade SSD performance is...

Why Older SD Memory Cards Are Still Relevant

The SD memory card was born in the year 2000, when Bill Clinton was completing his second term as president of the United States. Sixteen years in human time may sound short, but in electronic technology time, it is an...

The More You Know – Choosing the SD Speed Class That’s Right for You

Knowledge is power. Before you buy a pair of shoes, you need to know your shoe size. Before putting together new furniture, you should read the instructions. And you definitely need to make sure anyone who watches your children is...

New SD Association Video Speed Class Supports 8K and Multi-File Video Recording

SAN RAMON and PACIFICO YOKOHAMA, Japan – CP+ BOOTH G-O6 – Feb. 25, 2016 -- The SD Association (SDA), a global ecosystem of companies setting industry-leading memory card standards, today launched its fastest speed class, Video Speed Class, which also...

How 3D NAND Can Continue Gigabytes Scaling, Enhance Applications

Because 2D NAND’s ability to shrink is reaching its limits, the NAND industry has been working for a few years on 3D, which is expected to enable the flash memory industry to continue the Moore’s Law trend by increasing bit...

Picture This: How to Select the Right Photography Memory Card

Learn about the capabilities you should take into account when shopping for your next memory card By:Tom Ando, general manager for Canon Inc. and Co-Chairman of the Compliance Committee and a board member of the SD Association   While the...

The Next Frontier: New Applications for SD Memory Cards

By: Janice Chiu, a board member of the SD Association and the Director of Expandable Storage Team at Silicon Motion Inc. SD memory cards are proving their worth in a variety of applications that have emerged in the first part...

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