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Western Digital addresses increasing data demands

13 May 2019

Western Digital is addressing the automotive industry’s increasing need for storage by equipping vehicle manufacturers and system solution providers with the technology and capacity to support both current and future applications including e-cockpits, Artificial Intelligence (AI) databases, ADAS, advanced infotainment systems, and autonomous computers.

As the first 256GB e.MMC using 64-Layer 3D NAND TLC flash technology in the automotive market, the new Western Digital iNAND AT EM132 EFD extends the life of e.MMC beyond 2D NAND to meet evolving application needs and growing capacity requirements.

Counterpoint partner Neil Shah says, “Storage is one of the fastest growing semiconductor applications in a connected autonomous car. The advanced in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), AI and sensor-driven autonomous driving systems generate large amounts of data that needs to be processed and stored locally at the edge. The average capacity of storage required per vehicle is expected to balloon beyond 2TB by 2022.”

High capacity storage, typically used in cars for storing map data, application software and user information is now finding its way into next-gen auto applications including data recorders, digital clusters, gateway, V2X communications, ADAS, AI and autonomous computers.

This growing trend requires flash to be designed for extreme automotive environments, including temperature range up to 105oC, as well as meeting the quality and reliability requirements critical for these applications.

“High capacity storage with rigorous quality and reliability requirements is rapidly becoming the standard in the automotive sector,” said Western Digital director Oded Sagee. “This first-of-its-kind 3D TLC NAND e.MMC EFD is designed with the feature set and specifications to meet the demands of next-gen applications.”

The IATF16949 certified, AEC-Q100 compliant and adhering to the ISO26262 NAND flash Safety Mechanisms guidelines, iNAND AT EM132 EFD also encompasses a rich automotive feature set designed for intensive automotive workloads.

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