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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...

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...

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...

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...