Autonomous Driving & Data Storage

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In order to meet specific applications for autonomous driving in cars and trucks industry adopted multiple storage form factors: Removable SD™ Card – one may have used it to load new maps to your navigation, or to record data from your dash camera, etc; eMMC has been an accessible embedded interface in automotive systems for quite some time as it provides larger capacity and a reliable data storage solution for complex operations. Today it is used for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) or autonomous drive systems, etc but often leverage lower capacity options; Universal Flash Storage (UFS) is the newest interface used in automotive and is not as common as eMMC. It offers a faster interface for next-generation applications such as e-cockpits, Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), and AI-enabled autonomous drive systems.

The Next Generation of eMMC

An industry first 3D TLC NAND eMMC and 256GB eMMC automotive grade embedded flash drive (EFD) designed for autonomous drive, artificial intelligence applications, augmented reality and other future applications has been released few days ago by Western Digital.

Storage is one of the fastest growing semiconductor applications autonomous drive. The in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) for example, AI and sensor-driven autonomous driving systems can generate immense amounts of data. All of which needs to be processed and stored locally expecting average capacity of storage required per vehicle to well beyond 2TB by 2022.

These new iNAND storage devices are designed to support data demands of the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and include cutting-edge infotainment, navigation, HD mapping, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication, drive event recorders, and autonomous driving. New features also include: advanced health monitoring, thermal management, auto and manual read refresh, robust power management, advanced firmware memory management and data retention to exceed JEDEC all current standards.

New EFD comes as model EM122 with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB while model EM132 is delivered with 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of storage capacity.

Autonomous car or a self-driving car, also known as a robot car, or driverless car is a vehicle capable of sensing its surroundings and moving with some or no human input. – Wikipedia

Autonomous cars or long distance driverless tracks may combine a variety of sensors, such as radar, sonar, Lidar, GPS, odometry and inertial measurement units. Advanced control systems will interpret these sensory information in order to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as any obstacles and signage.

When something happens to your (future) autonomous car, or any other storage device, you’ve lost important data and you didn’t have backed up this may be the time to contact Data Analyzers and find out how we can help.

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