Sandisk unveils Automotive and Industrial SD/microSD cards
SanDisk, subsidiary of Western Digital, is introducing new SD and microSD specialized memory cards that come with improved speeds and can work in extreme temperatures. These cards also integrate technologies like health status monitors and data retention mechanism, along with AEC-Q100 Grade 3 specifications. The Automotive line is designed for cars, drones and other vehicles, while the Industrial line is aimed at “mainstream” industrial applications like surveillance cams, drones, IoT gateways, factory automation and network equipment.
All the new cards feature reading speeds up to 80 MB/s and write speeds up to 50 MB/s, with minimum sequential write speeds guaranteed at 10 MB/s. The cards’ health and performance stats can be remotely monitored, and they come with special “Read Refresh” and host lock features.
Capacities for the Automotive SD cards range between 8 and 64 GB. The Automotive line is optimized to work between -40 and 185 degrees F. The Industrial/XI SD cards also come with capacities between 8 and 64 GB, while the Industrial microSD models can store up to 128 GB. All Industrial cards have an endurance of up to 192 TBW. As for operating temperatures, the Industrial cards work safely between -13 and 185 degrees F.
Western Digital is currently sampling all the new cards to OEMs worldwide, but there’s no information about the products that will use these cards.