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Eight Compelling Reasons to Opt for Reliable Storage Solutions

01/02/2024 by Martin Schreiber

In today's data-driven landscape, the reliability and security of memory solutions are critical for a wide range of applications. While consumer-grade products may be adequate for everyday tasks, they often fall short of meeting the stringent demands of industrial or other professional applications. Let's uncover the key factors that set Swissbit products apart from their consumer-grade counterparts.

Longevity: Standing the Test of Time

Consumer products are often designed for short-term use, being discontinued only after very little time in the market and sometimes even without notice to keep up with the latest technology advancements. This constant turnover can be costly in terms of re-qualification efforts for businesses that rely on storage solutions that need to be in the field for many, many years.

Swissbit bucks this trend by offering long-term availability of the products. This means that businesses can confidently count on Swissbit solutions knowing that they will have access to the same reliable components for years to come.

Long lasting data storage products

Robustness: Built to Withstand the Harsh Realities of Industrial Environments

Consumer products are typically designed for the controlled environment of an office, where it is very unlikely to encounter extreme conditions like shock, vibrations, or wide temperature fluctuations.

Swissbit products, on the other hand, are engineered to thrive in demanding industrial environments. They undergo rigorous testing to ensure they can withstand the harshest conditions, from extreme temperatures to intense vibrations. This unwavering robustness makes Swissbit solutions ideal for mission-critical applications.

Data storage in extreme environmental conditions

Endurance: Built for the Long Haul

Consumer products often have limited endurance due to cost and speed optimization. This means that they may need frequent replacement, leading to increased costs and downtime.

Swissbit products prioritize endurance, offering high-endurance solutions that can be used over an extended period without compromising performance. This translates to a lower total cost of ownership and reduced operational downtime.

Enduring data storage products

Wide Temperature Range: Adapting to Diverse Environments

Consumer products are usually developed with a standard temperature range in mind, which may not be suitable for areas that experience severe weather conditions or for industrial environments where temperatures can vary widely.

Swissbit products, in contrast, offer a wider temperature range, operating seamlessly from -40°C to 85°C. This versatility makes them suitable for various applications, regardless of the environmental conditions. In addition, we also offer product series like the EM-30 that features an extended temperature range of -40 to +105 °C! This makes them perfect to meet the requirements of demanding automotive applications.

Wide temperature ranges

Locked BOM: Ensuring Stability and Predictability

Consumer products often undergo frequent changes in their Bill of Materials (BOM), including hardware and firmware. This can lead to compatibility issues, unpredictable performance, or other surprising impacts on electronic systems. To make things even worse such changes are frequently not communicated and silently introduced which makes or breaks the system in the field.

Swissbit maintains a fixed BOM for each product, ensuring consistency and predictability throughout the product lifecycle. This locked BOM approach eliminates compatibility concerns and simplifies maintenance procedures. This reinforces trust in the reliable operation of systems over the entire product or service lifecycle.

Locked BOM approach

Background Data Refresh: Preserving Data Integrity

Background data refresh is a cyclical task that refreshes weak data on trigger conditions, ensuring data integrity over time. While this feature is not always guaranteed in consumer products, it is essential for long-term data retention.

Swissbit implements a sophisticated background data refresh process with carefully defined trigger points to optimize data retention and endurance. This proactive approach ensures that data remains intact even under demanding conditions.

Data integrity

Power Loss Protection: Safeguarding Data in Unexpected Outages

Sudden power losses can lead to data corruption or loss, particularly in consumer storage solutions that may lack adequate protection.

Swissbit products incorporate advanced firmware and hardware features that safeguard against power loss events. Those mechanisms ensure that data and firmware remain intact even in the event of unexpected power disruptions. And there is even more! With Swissbit powersafeTM we also provide an industry-leading power loss protection (PLP) that takes care of any dynamic or cached data between the host, controller, DRAM, and NAND array.

Power loss protection (PLP)

Security: Shielding Your Data from Unauthorized Access

While consumer products often lack robust security features, Swissbit prioritizes data security. That’s why we offer secure products with extra features that protect the device and data from unauthorized access or manipulation. This includes features like AES256 encryption and crypto-erase security, as well as TCG Opal 2.0 or secure boot. This commitment to security ensures that your data remains protected from unauthorized access, even in the most challenging environments.

Data Security

In the dynamic landscape of data storage, opting for Swissbit is an investment in reliability, longevity, and peace of mind. The intrinsic differences in design philosophies between consumer storage solutions and Swissbit's industrial offerings make Swissbit the preferred choice for critical applications where downtime is not an option. For a deeper understanding of how Swissbit can meet your specific needs, please feel free to contact us.