Thursday, November 14th 2019

KIOXIA America Introduces Industry's First 512GB Automotive UFS

The next generation of automotive systems are hungry for more. More advanced infotainment and ADAS1 systems. More storage for event data recording. Support for more 3D mapping. In a move that makes more a reality, KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, today announced that it has begun sampling the industry's first 512 gigabyte (GB) Automotive Universal Flash Storage (UFS) JEDEC Version 2.1 embedded memory solution. KIOXIA America's Automotive UFS supports a wide temperature range (-40°C to +105°C), meets AEC-Q100 Grade 2 requirements and offers the extended reliability required by various automotive applications. The 512 GB device joins the company's existing lineup of Automotive UFS, which includes capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.

Innovations such as autonomous vehicles, more advanced infotainment systems, digital clusters, telematics, and ADAS provide not only an elevated driver experience but also a greater demand for storage within vehicles.
To meet this demand for large-capacity memory, KIOXIA's new 512 GB Automotive UFS memory was developed, which integrates the company's BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and a controller in a single package. 512 GB Automotive UFS features several functions well-suited to the requirements of automotive applications including Refresh, Thermal Control and Extended Diagnosis. The Refresh function can be used to refresh data stored in UFS and helps extend the data's lifespan. The Thermal Control function protects the device from overheating in the high-temperature circumstances that can occur in automotive applications. Lastly, the Extended Diagnosis function helps the host processor easily understand the device's status.

"UFS is the best memory solution available that combines the high performance, power efficiency, and small package size that mobile devices and related applications demand," noted Scott Beekman, director of managed flash memory products for KIOXIA America, Inc. "UFS performance will continue to advance, widening the already significant performance advantage it has over e-MMC5. The introduction of a 512 GB UFS device for Automotive is yet another milestone for KIOXIA. We have led the way in UFS since 2013, when we were the first to sample the technology, and will continue to pave the road forward for the automotive applications of the future."
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24 Comments on KIOXIA America Introduces Industry's First 512GB Automotive UFS

#1
DeathtoGnomes
not sure -40C is low enough. its gotten -20F here in michigan without the windchill factor.
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Dr. Nick
DeathtoGnomes
not sure -40C is low enough. its gotten -20F here in michigan without the windchill factor.
Agreed. I've lived places where it gets below -40. Anybody in the Canadian plains will know what I'm talking about.
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comtek
Dr. Nick
Agreed. I've lived places where it gets below -40. Anybody in the Canadian plains will know what I'm talking about.
As a person who comes from tropical place I couldn't stand Australia Winter which was mostly above 0'C let alone -40C. Must be miserable living in that place. I feel sorry for you.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
comtek
As a person who comes from tropical place I couldn't stand Australia Winter which was mostly above 0'C let alone -40C. Must be miserable living in that place. I feel sorry for you.
Where he is you have a distinct 4 seasons. Its all relative. I’ve lived in the extreme north of the U.S. where they take cold as just part of life during winter and can’t imagine sweating nonstop 6 months a year.

Yet where I live now I sweat 6 months a year just stepping to the car, and people here think nothing of it, and think if it gets to a few degrees above freezing that the Arctic ice cap has descended upon them, LOL. It’s all perspective. :)
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#5
DeathtoGnomes
rtwjunkie
Where he is you have a distinct 4 seasons. Its all relative. I’ve lived in the extreme north of the U.S. where they take cold as just part of life during winter and can’t imagine sweating nonstop 6 months a year.

Yet where I live now I sweat 6 months a year just stepping to the car, and people here think nothing of it, and think if it gets to a few degrees above freezing that the Arctic ice cap has descended upon them, LOL. It’s all perspective. :)
I seem to recall the wide spread panic Miami had when the temps dropped below 40F and then it snowed, i forgot if a state emergency was raised or not.
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
DeathtoGnomes
I seem to recall the wide spread panic Miami had when the temps dropped below 40F and then it snowed, i forgot if a state emergency was raised or not.
In Athens they had a few days of sub zero (C) temps and some snow. They used water to clear the streets from snow. It froze. :laugh:

But yeah one get used to it. We usually have atleast a week or so per year with -30 C, and it's nice to go for long walks those days, especially if the sun's out.
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#7
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
rtwjunkie
Where he is you have a distinct 4 seasons. Its all relative. I’ve lived in the extreme north of the U.S. where they take cold as just part of life during winter and can’t imagine sweating nonstop 6 months a year.

Yet where I live now I sweat 6 months a year just stepping to the car, and people here think nothing of it, and think if it gets to a few degrees above freezing that the Arctic ice cap has descended upon them, LOL. It’s all perspective. :)
Where I am we have all 4 seasons in a day to a week.

Yes its cold here now, jacket weather
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#8
Slizzo
eidairaman1
Where I am we have all 4 seasons in a day to a week.

Yes its cold here now, jacket weather
I have no sympathy. You're in Texas according to your set location. :)
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Slizzo
I have no sympathy. You're in Texas according to your set location. :)
that's fine I don't need anyone feeling sorry for me. Heck It Rain sideways here
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#10
DeathtoGnomes
eidairaman1
hat's fine I don't need anyone feeling sorry for me. Heck It Rain sideways here
laying down on the job will give you that illusion when you're worn out.
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#11
Arjai
Up here, we love it when it snows down South. Every news channel lights up with videos of Southerners trying to control their cars on icy streets.
:laugh:
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#12
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
DeathtoGnomes
laying down on the job will give you that illusion when you're worn out.
Nah it literally rains sideways here

Arjai
Up here, we love it when it snows down South. Every news channel lights up with videos of Southerners trying to control their cars on icy streets.
:laugh:
I lived in WA for 2 years, the locals there can't drive worth a hoot in snow or ice, I could and im from TX
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#13
nemesis.ie
DeathtoGnomes
not sure -40C is low enough. its gotten -20F here in michigan without the windchill factor.
Do components inside a box, which is itself inside a vehicle suffer from wind chill?

Is the temperature inside said box going to be as low -40 if the outside is -40? Likey applying power to the components (and those nearby) will also provide some heating and then there is the vehicles heating/cooling system that can assist.

-20 F is -28C, so still within spec at that level too.

So it seems like a good (industry standard?) range.
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#14
DeathtoGnomes
nemesis.ie
Do components inside a box, which is itself inside a vehicle suffer from wind chill?

Is the temperature inside said box going to be as low -40 if the outside is -40? Likey applying power to the components (and those nearby) will also provide some heating and then there is the vehicles heating/cooling system that can assist.

-20 F is -28C, so still within spec at that level too.

So it seems like a good (industry standard?) range.
yes but not directly, the inside temp will match the external temp over time, depending on the intermediate material.
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#15
kapone32
nemesis.ie
Do components inside a box, which is itself inside a vehicle suffer from wind chill?

Is the temperature inside said box going to be as low -40 if the outside is -40? Likey applying power to the components (and those nearby) will also provide some heating and then there is the vehicles heating/cooling system that can assist.

-20 F is -28C, so still within spec at that level too.

So it seems like a good (industry standard?) range.
If the car has a radiator it certainly would and take longer to get to ambient too. In different parts of Canada -40 could be the median temp on some days. As it stands in some provinces you have to plug in your car at night so the engine block does not freeze. The worry would not be when the car is running but from a cold start.
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#16
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
kapone32
If the car has a radiator it certainly would and take longer to get to ambient too. In different parts of Canada -40 could be the median temp on some days. As it stands in some provinces you have to plug in your car at night so the engine block does not freeze. The worry would not be when the car is running but from a cold start.
Northern US too.

There are battery blankets too
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#17
kapone32
eidairaman1
Northern US too.

There are battery blankets too
How could i forget. I remember going to Winnipeg (coldest city in Canada) one winter and marveling at those blankets I thought they were for babies when the clerk told me it was a for a car battery.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
kapone32
How could i forget. I remember going to Winnipeg (coldest city in Canada) one winter and marveling at those blankets I thought they were for babies when the clerk told me it was a for a car battery.
Mine was a piece of foam, i removed it to prevent cooking my battery here in TX lol
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#19
kapone32
eidairaman1
Mine was a piece of foam, i removed it to prevent cooking my battery here in TX lol
:laugh:
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#20
DeathtoGnomes
kapone32
If the car has a radiator it certainly would and take longer to get to ambient too. In different parts of Canada -40 could be the median temp on some days. As it stands in some provinces you have to plug in your car at night so the engine block does not freeze. The worry would not be when the car is running but from a cold start.
thats a poor analogy because the radiator fluid has direct contact with the material thats exposed to the air temps, plus its usually mixed to work in cold weather, a computer chip has no such ability to be adjusted to work in varying weather.
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#21
kapone32
DeathtoGnomes
thats a poor analogy because the radiator fluid has direct contact with the material thats exposed to the air temps, plus its usually mixed to work in cold weather, a computer chip has no such ability to be adjusted to work in varying weather.
Yes but the radiator fluid is different from the radiator. I am saying that the rad is directly open to outside so if it -40 outside and the car is off the components will reach that temp (as the cold air blows between the fins).
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#22
DeathtoGnomes
kapone32
Yes but the radiator fluid is different from the radiator. I am saying that the rad is directly open to outside so if it -40 outside and the car is off the components will reach that temp (as the cold air blows between the fins).
all i can say is ... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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#23
kapone32
DeathtoGnomes
all i can say is ... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
:laugh:
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#24
nemesis.ie
kapone32
In different parts of Canada -40 could be the median temp on some days. As it stands in some provinces you have to plug in your car at night so the engine block does not freeze. The worry would not be when the car is running but from a cold start.
A good reason to have an electric car. While their batteries have reduced output in the cold, there is no issue with not starting and of course if you leave it plugged in, it can keep itself warm.
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