Customized Edge Storage Solution – Apacer Creates New Opportunities

Mar 06, 2018

The gradual integration of artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud services has diversified applications for smart devices, Internet of Vehicles (IoV), and smart healthcare and has steered these applications towards Edge Computing, particularly in the domains of embedded and IPC systems. This development, coupled with the continuous launch of new smart networking devices, has enabled real-time and data-driven edge storage and applications to gain considerable market momentum and diversified industrial storage and applications.

Apacer, which has been rated the world’s top industrial solid-state disk (SSD) supplier by Gartner Research since 2012 for 5 years, has long invested its core specialization – digital storage – in the industrial control market and embedded applications. Now, with the exponential advancement in AI and edge computing, the Company continues to focus on five major applications, namely, IoT, healthcare, transportation, military, and gaming.

Manager of Apacer’s Vertical Market Application Business Taiwan Sub-Division, Jeffery Tseng, asserted that the main advantages of Apacer’s storage solution for edge computing devices lie in its high capacitysmall form factors, advanced power loss protection and data protection and security, and superior durability and reliability, which are all indispensable components in the data-intensive and specialized environment of industrial applications.

Another Step-up in Reliability, Smart Transportation Applications Set a New Benchmark for Edge Storage

Tseng raised several of the most prominent Use Cases. One of which was the incorporation of smart transportation applications for rail transportations construction projects. In response to the ever-increasing speed of railway transport, smart sensors and video devices have been extensively installed to monitor long-haul routes and tunnels and ensure travel safety. The sensory data produced converge at edge devices. After computing and analysis, the data are uploaded to cloud central control systems, allowing operators to view the real-time situations of trains traveling on the railways and through tunnels. Therefore, the railway system is a perfect platform on which to apply edge computing.

Patented Core Technologies, Satisfying the Multifaceted Demands of Edge Storage

Large amounts of edge devices are installed in vast outdoor environments and industrial plants. Taking into account the randomness of data access, power supply stability, data protection and security, and harsh environments and weather conditions, Apacer offers an array of core technologies to satisfy its clients’ multifaceted demands for edge storage. For example, the Company developed industrial-grade microSD/SD cards equipped with Page Mapping firmware and technologies to enhance the speed of random data access by over ten-fold. Moreover, the Company’s patented 7-pin SDM plug-and-play cable-less Multi-Power-Path technology prevents the detachment of power cables from causing power loss, and its CorePower technology guarantees the integrity of data stored on its SSDs during the event of a power loss. Many of Apacer’s products comply with TCG Opal 2.0 specifications and support Write Protect technology. These products set a new benchmark in data protection for edge devices in their class.

Application in Extreme Conditions, Ensuring Superior Durability and Reliability

Apacer applies its anti-sulfuration technology in the manufacturing of patented memory modules to overcome harsh environmental and weather conditions. Specifically, Apacer awarded patent for anti-sulfuration memory adopts exclusive and improved alloy materials to replace normal electrode and ensure anti-sulfuration performance. To distinguish its products from general commercial-grade IC wide-temperature sorting products, Apacer uses industrial-grade wide-temperature components to ensure that the normal operation of its SSDs in the -40°C and 85°C operating temperature range. These components, coupled with the Company’s Underfill technology, can effectively enhance the endurance and durability of its edge storage devices when operating in harsh environments.

Furthermore, Apacer endeavors to resolve the technology and application fragmentation issues of IoT. From the perspective of the client, the Company targets management platform integration and the provision of an S.M.A.R.T. API for SSDs to reduce unnecessary system management setup costs and time, thereby expediting the corporate integration of IoT and edge computing applications.

Extensive Customization Capability and Industrial Experience, Expanding Edge Devices and Storage Applications

The rapid development of PCIe transfer interfaces and 3D NAND flash memory will inevitably fuel real-time data processing application, which would, in turn, create immense opportunities for the development of industrial digital storage. These trends also highlight the importance of flash memory, with its high performance and low latency, in edge computing and end storage applications. Also, the advent of 5G communication will expand the scope of the SSD and memory markets and popularize their applications. Tseng explains that Apacer’s superior customization capabilities and extensive industrial experience satisfy clients’ multifaceted demands and provide highly efficient, highly reliable, and highly durable edge computing and storage solutions, helping clients secure new and mutually beneficial opportunities.