With the current world becoming increasingly connected, automotive flash storage has evolved in tandem with it. In the past, automotive control units were practically read-only. Nowadays, however, we’ve seen increased complexity and sophistication in automotive systems due to advancements in hardware and software (like consolidated electronic control units, and new apps). This evolution has brought about increases in data handling, driving growth in edge storage memory needs.

The result? New data storage risks and challenges that can be costly – and potentially even dangerous – to ignore.

These include flash memory wear out and fragmentation, which in combination can increase costs for the end user while heightening the risk of critical system failure.

In the video below, I walk you through those key risks and challenges that our customers have been facing in automotive embedded storage. Join me as I discuss how the quality of a file system can impact storage lifetime and performance, and how Tuxera can help solve those challenges.

For a more in-depth look at what I’ve discussed above – including how these challenges can apply to IOT projects – read my whitepaper here.

Fragmentation impedes lifetime and performance

Fragmentation is yet another challenge that automotive storage manufacturers must tackle. At Tuxera, we perform a lot of automotive flash storage testing in order to identify exactly how issues like fragmentation can affect flash memory. This allows us to develop solutions that manage and mitigate fragmentation that accurately reflect our customers’ use cases.

A high-performance flash-friendly file system, like VelocityFS, can extend the lifetime of flash memory – while providing optimal performance for your use case. VelocityFS has been chosen by our customers for its fail-safety and reliability – reducing risks of data corruption and file system mounting issues. Another key motivator has been its high performance in complex hypervisor-based IVI systems, and in DVR systems.

Fragmentation and its effects on file systems are a subject we’ve written about extensively. For even more information on how fragmentation affects automotive storage lifetime and performance, check out our whitepaper on it here.

Final thoughts

In summary, the changing nature of flash storage and the ever-present issue of fragmentation both present us with future risks and challenges. With the right solutions and processes, however, these obstacles can be effectively tackled. Tuxera is here to help you in every step of that journey.


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