Tuxera Wins “Best in Show” for Flash Memory Testing Services from Embedded Computing Design

Tuxera Wins “Best in Show” for Flash Memory Testing Services from Embedded Computing Design

With competitive award criteria based on Design Excellence, Relative Performance, and Market Impact/Disruption, Tuxera dominates the Memory & Storage category.

HELSINKI, June 22, 2022 – Tuxera, the leading provider of quality-assured data storage management software and networking technologies, has won a “Best in Show” award from Embedded Computing Design magazine for Tuxera’s Flash Memory Testing Services, a unique program designed to save engineers and systems designers time, energy, and money.

Embedded Computing Design’s prestigious “Best in Show” awards recognize design excellence, relative performance, and market impact/disruption. The editorial team and advisory board members highlight the latest accomplishments and most innovative products of the embedded industry.

“Today’s embedded systems are developing rapidly, bringing new functionality and challenges. Previously read-only systems are logging and using more and more data, and this has a big impact on the overall user experience and lifetime of the devices,” the Embedded Computing Design editorial staff wrote in the award citation. “Tuxera’s Flash Memory Testing Services’ win is well-deserved as it provides workload analysis and lifetime testing, helping organizations mitigate risks associated with their data storage stack.”

Tuxera’s Flash Memory Testing Service provides insights beyond common flash memory performance and endurance benchmark testing. With several individual packages including workload analysis, lifetime testing, power fail-safety testing, and environmental testing, the solution reduces testing overhead, identifies possible storage failures, and reduces the hassle of selecting a flash memory device while potentially bringing substantial cost savings to OEMs.

“This award highlights the critical need to ensure the reliability and longevity of flash storage solutions, especially in the automotive market,” said Sami Kassimäki, Product Manager at Tuxera. “Our team worked tirelessly to bring Flash Memory Testing Service to life, and we’re thrilled to be named among other innovative brands and products making engineers’ lives easier and driving rapid digital transformation.”

A flash memory validation service helping OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers determine the best choice for their embedded flash storage needs, Tuxera’s solution is named among other industry-leading products bringing significant steps forward in the embedded storage industry.

Tuxera’s win comes only months after the product’s initial launch and is another step in the company’s momentum of exciting leadership hires, strategic industry partnerships, and internationally recognized certifications.


Embedded storage management 101 – a glossary

Embedded data storage management is filled with technical terms that can make your head spin if you’re not familiar with them.

To make it easier for you to keep track of all these terms, our experts have compiled a glossary of essential embedded technology definitions.  It’s not meant to be a finalized list, but a glossary that our experts will continue to contribute to over time. And as the embedded data storage industry continues to grow, we expect that to happen regularly. So check back often!

Atomic operation

For embedded designs, an atomic operation refers to the smallest change that can be attempted – it will either be fully done or not done at all.

For older media, atomic operations were at the byte level. If file systems didn’t provide additional protection, a write or update could be stopped halfway through a data set, leaving it corrupted – neither fully written nor untouched. For media based on NAND flash memory, atomic operations are at the size of a flash write block.

File systems still need to match any protection to the media operation in order to provide the most efficient solution. Some file systems require multiple files and updates to be written so as to ensure system integrity, and in those cases the perceived atomic operation size is much larger.

See also system integrity.

Compression

Data collected or generated by devices is stored on the media – when that data is compressed, that means it is stored in a way that consumes less space on the media. Some of that data is provided in a compressed state, such as MP3 audio or MP4 video and JPG images, while other data (such as text-based log files) is provided raw.

The ability to compress data can be valuable to the raw data, and that can be done within the file system or by the media device driver. When data is compressed, you must be aware of any changes to the data, as modifying a data set can make it bigger or smaller, potentially causing issues like fragmentation. One good use case for compressed data is in read-only formats – in such cases the data is decompressed before use. The system designer must determine whether compression will result in any improvement for their specific use case.

Both compression and decompression are usually done by the CPU, and can affect CPU consumption.

See also CPU consumption.

See also fragmentation.

CPU consumption

The amount of work handled by the CPU of a device. The CPU handles a lot of things – in some designs, that means everything from the application software visible to the users, to timed tasks and communication, sensor data gathering and analysis, and storage of data to the media. Because of that broad usage, understanding just how much time the processor spends on managing storage will help predict how available those CPU cycles are to the other tasks.

See also power consumption.

Data integrity

When the power is lost or the system crashes, data not yet committed to the media is usually lost. A measure of how much is lost can be considered the data integrity. This problem can exist for both the file system and the media – both can have uncommitted data in cache or buffers.

Control over data-at-risk is managed with mount settings, flush and fsync commands, and the design of the software and hardware. In many designs, this control can be directly opposed to the raw performance of the solution. The ability to control that balance with runtime settings can be very useful. Tuxera Reliance Assure is a file system that can help developers achieve control over data-at-risk, thanks to deterministic file system operations.

See also system integrity.

Data retention

How long the data will last on the device. When the device is active, software will correct occasional bit errors. When inactive, data retention is how long the device can hold the data without refreshing that data. There are several factors involved in data retention – such as time, environmental conditions, and the ability to correct errors on NAND flash media.

Data retention decreases when the device nears end of life. To better understand that decline, the short answer is to work with your vendor. They can give important information on how long data will be retained in a working system, how long without power, and the maximum erase count of the media.

Tackling data retention and understanding issues with embedded flash is best accomplished with cost-effective and use case-specific flash memory testing. See the Tuxera Flash Memory Testing Service for more information on how our testing and analysis offerings can help.

RELATED CONTENT:
Download our whitepaper, “How to avoid end of life from NAND correctable errors.”

See also secure erase.

Device health

NAND flash media is rated for an expected maximum lifetime as a number of erases for each erase block. The software or firmware that manages access to the NAND based media has the capability of tracking this information at some level, and most provide an interface to access a rating based on this information. This is known as Health Information or Health Status.

On eMMC, for example, the device health report was added in the 5.0 revision of the specification. Device health is reported through the extended CSD register in a fairly low resolution, rounding device usages to the nearest 10%. Reach out to the vendor for more information, as some provide a finer resolution through alternate channels.

It’s worth mentioning that accurately determining the lifetime of a flash device can be tricky. We go through why that’s the case in our blog post, “Automotive flash – what’s the real lifetime?”

Dynamic wear leveling

All wear leveling software or firmware must track how often a given media block has been written and erased. Designs which perform dynamic wear leveling will often perform the next write operation to the least-used block in the available pool – a significant improvement over no wear leveling.

See also static wear leveling.

eMMC (or e∙MMC)

Short for “embedded Multi-Media Controller,” and refers to a package consisting of both flash memory and a flash memory controller integrated on the same silicon die. The eMMC solution consists of at least three components – the multimedia card (MMC) interface, the flash memory, and the flash memory controller – and is offered in an industry-standard BGA package. This standard also specifies the firmware functionality, though the exact capabilities vary from vendor to vendor.

Drivers are often needed by the operating system and file system to take advantage of the eMMC block device. Some of these drivers provide access to vendor specific operations. A file system can then take advantage of these operations to provide more performance and/or functionality.

The eMMC standard is currently maintained by JEDEC.

See also device health.

Encryption

Data stored on the media without some form of encryption can be read by external means – a potential security risk if the media contains sensitive data. The encryption software or hardware operates on the data to provide readable content to the application and file system.

Encryption can be performed at the media level, at the file system level, or within the application itself. Linux examples of media and file system level encryption are dmcrypt and fscrypt, respectively. Support for fscrypt has been made a requirement for current and future versions of Android.

For encryption done in software, see also CPU consumption.

exFAT

An industry-standard file system introduced in 2006 as part of Windows CE 6.0, to extend FAT and remove limitations on file size and media capacity.

In August 2019, Microsoft published the exFAT specification for the first time, but designs which implement this require a license from Microsoft.

Since 2009, Tuxera has provided both of these licenses and an improved design of exFAT in a hassle-free bundle: Microsoft exFAT by Tuxera. This implementation features performance and interoperability advantages over other solutions – like increased structural integrity and background disk checks, for speedier mounting.

See also SD card and structural integrity.

See also FAT.

Fail-safety

For software, fail-safety encapsulates the designs and mechanisms to ensure both data integrity and system integrity. In general, a fail-safe design will respond to a failure in a specific way that will cause no harm to anything relying on this design – usually people or other equipment. Failure isn’t impossible, but any unsafe consequences are mitigated. Designs which require continuous availability can’t be made fail-safe.

RELATED CONTENT:
Learn how embedded storage experts tackle device failure in our whitepaper, “Understanding system integrity and how testing can help in preventing field failures.”

See also data integrity and system integrity.

See also functional safety for the extended requirements for fail-safe software.

File Allocation Table (FAT)

A widely used type of file system originally derived from use on CP/M in the last half of the twentieth century. It has been extended to allow larger file names, file sizes, and media capacities. For early implementations, the size of the FAT entry (in bits) dictated the naming – from 12 bit FAT12 through 32 bit FAT32. The maximum size for a FAT32 volume on Windows was 32 gigabytes, with a maximum file size of 4 gigabytes. The exFAT file format was eventually designed as a way to extend the earlier FAT16 and FAT32 formats.

Tuxera offers a fail-safe implementation of FAT together with other industry standard file systems – see GravityCS by Tuxera suite.

See also exFAT.

Flash memory

A type of non-volatile storage that is used in most embedded devices today. The non-rotating media is safer from physical impacts, but has a limited lifetime. Two commonly used types of non-volatile flash memory are NAND and NOR.

See also SLC flash and MLC flash.

Fragmentation

An impact to files when the data is not stored in a contiguous region on the media. This was a serious problem with rotating media, leading to physical head seek for each separate part of the data. While flash memory doesn’t have any moving parts, it can still cause latencies at the file system level and hinder throughput, reducing performance.

Fragmentation can also cause overhead, with additional metadata required for the individual segments of data set. Over time, this can also lead to reductions in available storage capacity.

RELATED CONTENT:

Read our whitepaper, “The impacts of file system fragmentation on automotive storage performance.”

Functional safety

Relates to all the requirements that define the environment where the embedded software developed will have to perform, and what level of risk is acceptable. One set of requirements is that the product at hand:

  • Satisfies all the design requirements.
  • All risks or hazards are identified through a systematic analysis approach.
  • The respective severity for each risk or hazard is identified and defined.
  • Proper mitigation techniques are identified and implemented.

As a result of those actions, the severity of the risks and hazards is reduced. All the risk mitigation actions are verified, validated, and properly documented, and any residual risk is reported.

RELATED CONTENT:
Read our whitepaper, “Challenges of tomorrow’s data storage integrity in automotive and IOT projects.”

Input/output operations per second (IOPS)

This is a way of measuring performance of a system, since each of the involved instructions needs to complete (and uses media throughput to do so). Other forms of measurement include throughput, which will show up as Mb/s.

Journaling file system

As one of the methods to improve system integrity, file systems that use this technique track metadata changes in an additional reserved location called the journal. When recovering from an unexpected interruption, a journaling file system examines the structures on the media to decide which files on the media are valid and which are not. Then the fsck() tool is able to recover lost space and correct any other errors.

Many Linux file systems use journaling, including ext4, btrfs, and f2fs.

See also system integrity.

Latency

The measurable delay between an action and the response or result. For an embedded design, the raw throughput minus the file system latency minus any media firmware or software latency results in the perceived performance for the system.

Latency can be kept to a minimum by reducing overhead, optimizing write patterns, and even minimizing data moves in memory where possible.

Log-structured file system

With this type of file system, the entire media is treated as one large circular buffer. The position of the last write can be determined at mount time, allowing an incomplete last write to be easily discarded. Log-structured file systems are sometimes used on NAND-based media because they make fewer in-place writes inherently provide dynamic wear leveling. Some new designs in SSDs will likely work better with log-structured file systems.

Some examples of log-structured file systems on Linux include the flash file systems JFFS2, UBIFS, and YAFFS.

See also dynamic wear leveling.

Managed flash

NAND flash media requires software to handle the wear leveling, bad block management, and error correction. When this software is provided in silicon it is referred to as firmware, and is usually provided by the media vendor, and typically cannot be customized. Types of managed flash memory include eMMC, UFS, and SSDs. This category also covers removable media such as SD and Compact Flash (CF). A high-performing and fail-safe flash manager like Tuxera FlashFX® Tera can help provide versatility to flash media management.

See also raw flash and SD card.

MLC NAND flash

Originally NAND flash was designed to store a single bit per cell (SLC). One advancement has been to store multiple bits per cell, also known as multi-level cell (MLC). These additional bits require more measurement thresholds, and therefore bit errors are more common on this type of NAND. MLC usually has a shorter maximum erase count, and therefore a shorter lifetime.

Technically MLC refers to any situation with more than a single bit per cell. Marketing in the industry has used the term TLC to refer to three bits per cell, and QLC for four bits per cell.

MLC NAND flash imposes additional rules on the software that works with the media. Linux flash media drivers can’t match these requirements, and the flash file systems available on Linux are not guaranteed beyond SLC NAND flash.

RELATED CONTENT:
Learn more about MLC, SLC, and other NAND flash types in our whitepaper, “How to avoid end of life from NAND correctable errors.”

See also SLC NAND flash and pseudo-SLC NAND flash.

Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)

One of two primary standards used for file transfers between the host and a USB connected device. With this protocol, data is transferred at the file level – the device storage media is hidden from the host. While the command set is more limited, the host does not need to use a driver to access the media – the device file system is sufficient.

Most Android phones use MTP, and thus Windows hosts are not required to provide support for the ext4 file system commonly in use. By the same measure, other file systems can also be used in the embedded design without requiring a host driver. This allows the system designer the opportunity to select the best file system for their use without concern for a user-level requirement.

See also USB mass storage.

NVM express (NVMe)

This non-volatile memory interface provides an open logical device specification to connect with NAND media-based devices. The interface was designed to capitalize on low latency and internal parallelism of solid-state devices.

PCI express (PCIe)

A high speed serial computer expansion, designed to replace PCI or PCI-X. Improvements include higher maximum bus throughput, smaller physical footprint, and a more detailed error detection and reporting mechanism.

Platform interoperability

Modern automotive and embedded systems often encompass more than a single task, whether using a hypervisor or multiple OS options. Each of these store data, and if the data is to be shared between environments, a common format is required. There are only a few “standard” formats, and none designed for data integrity.

Tuxera offers file systems that are operable on multiple RTOS with the same on-media format.

Power consumption

Embedded devices can be limited in power use – especially designs for use in the field or in space. This measurement reflects the amount of power in use by the device while performing standard operations. The storage software can affect this in a number of ways, including the power used to write or erase NAND flash, the processor usage (or CPU consumption), the RAM requirements, and even the amount of time the device must stay “awake” to complete a given write operation.

See also CPU consumption.

Pseudo-SLC

Media which stores multiple bits per cell (MLC) can sometimes be used as single bits per cell (SLC) by the firmware. This design halves the storage capability – one bit is stored as two – and provides a larger maximum erase count, which extends lifetime.

See also MLC NAND flash.

Raw flash

NAND flash media requires software to handle wear leveling, bad block management, and error correction. When this software is external to the device, the media is referred to as raw flash media. Some of the advantages of using external software include the ability to fine tune the design and access to the source code.

With Tuxera FlashFX Tera, the same software solution can be used with media from multiple vendors. This provides a common environment for the developers and a broader range of part choices, giving flexibility to the bill of materials.

See also flash memory.

Removable media

In earlier days, removable media referred to floppy disks. With modern designs, this is now SD cards and USB sticks. With the wide variety of desktop environments, the need for a common file system on these devices has grown. The capacity of most devices has also grown, far beyond the capabilities of FAT.

Microsoft designed exFAT for those environments, and it is the standard file system for larger SD media, and is increasingly common on USB media also. In addition to FAT, NTFS could also be used on these devices. Gravity CS by Tuxera offers a suite of industry-standard file systems for designs which need to provide access to removable media.

See also SD card and exFAT.

Single Board Computer (SBC)

This acronym refers to a design which encapsulates the processor (CPU), memory, and storage all on a single design. A popular example of an SBC is Raspberri Pi, widely used among enthusiasts.

See also SOC/SOM.

SD card

Secure Digital is a proprietary non-volatile memory format developed by the SD Association for use in portable devices. This term refers to a number of physical design specifications, from standard SD and miniSD to the more modern microSD and newer Nano memory. The format has also evolved to include the newer SDIO, SDHC, and SDXC formats.

Read more about the types of SD cards on the market – and how to format them – in our blog post, “A quick guide to SD card speed and capacity for video recording.”

Tuxera serves on the board of directors for the SD Association, working closely with other member companies to define the software and hardware standards for the future of SD media.

Micro sd card with adapter.

Secure erase

For older magnetic media, data was securely erased by first overwriting the location and then erasing it. Some environments specified multiple overwrites, to completely obliterate any chance of reading the earlier data at that location.

It is not possible to write to a block of NAND media a second time. When a file system modifies or overwrites a block, the NAND media driver creates another block instead, marking the former block for eventual erase. This, like wear leveling, is invisible to the file system and application in the device.

To securely erase NAND flash, the block erase must be done immediately. This can require special commands, and the impact of doing so will affect system latency, performance, and even media lifetime. File systems need to be aware of this also, because anytime a file is modified or deleted, the secure erase option must be used.

Learn more about secure erase in our blog post, “The nuts and bolts of secure erase.”

SLC NAND flash

As a Single Level Cell, this type of flash media stores one bit per NAND cell. This term is used to differentiate from MLC NAND flash, which stores more than one bit per cell. In general, SLC NAND provides the most erases and longest media lifetime, though it is usually more expensive.

See also MLC NAND flash and pseudo-SLC NAND flash.

SOC/SOM

System on Chip, or System on Module, describe a processor and RAM package that is more condensed than a single board computer (SBC). This type of design also allows vendors to provide “carrier” boards with several types of I/O connections that are independent of the actual processor package.

See also SBC.

Static wear leveling

All wear leveling software or firmware must track how often a given media block has been written and erased. Designs which perform static wear leveling will track which blocks are erased considerably fewer times with a difference threshold. When the difference grows too large, data is moved from the less frequently erased block to a more frequently erased one. This averages the usage on a part even more than dynamic wear leveling, providing the best possible product lifetime.

See also dynamic wear leveling.

System integrity

Devices which feature high system integrity are designed to start up after unexpected power loss or system crash. A file system check will clean up any fragments of data, leaving the system in a functional state. Some of these checks run in the background – for example, fsck() on ext4 or Tuxera Reliance Velocity.

See also data integrity.

Transactional file system

A file system design that provides both system integrity and data integrity. One way this is achieved is by not overwriting data on the media, preserving a “known good state.”  After unexpected power loss or system failure, this type of file system mounts quickly – it merely must determine which is the proper media state. No file system check or other cleanup is required.

Control over data-at-risk is managed with mount settings, flush and fsync commands, and the design of the software and hardware. In many designs, this control can be directly opposed to the raw performance of the solution. For this reason, file systems like Tuxera Reliance Edge and Tuxera Reliance Assure provide runtime access to this control also, through an API and provided system library.

See also data integrity.

Trim/discard

A trim or discard command (also known as unmap in SCSI) allows the file system to notify the media driver that certain blocks of data are no longer in use. This allows the media driver to flag the data to be removed with a later erase, and also disregard these blocks during wear leveling, garbage collection, and related operations. Properly using trim or discard commands results in both consistent high performance and the longest NAND-based media lifetime possible.

Universal Serial Bus (USB)

An industry standard for cables and connectors, covering both data communication and power connection. There have been four generations of USB standard so far, numbered USB 1.0 through USB4. Physically, there are also a number of different hardware connectors, with varying data rates.

Two standard protocols for data communication are USB mass storage and Media Transfer Protocol.

USB mass storage (UMS)

One of two primary standards used for file transfers between the host and a USB connected device. With this protocol, the device storage media is presented to the host as an external drive; this requires the host to use a matching file system driver for this storage. This is inherently how USB flash drives function.

See also Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and exFAT.

Universal Flash Storage (UFS)

A specification for digital cameras, mobile phones, and consumer electronic devices. This was originally positioned as a replacement for eMMC and SD specifications, with goals of higher data transfer speed and increased reliability for flash storage.

See also eMMC.


A true Queen’s Gambit: Tuxera becomes Hungarian champion chess club’s sponsor

The initiative aims to support the growth of talent and attract new professionals to join Tuxera.

Tuxera is pleased to announce our new sponsorship contract with the national chess championship team, who will be called Tuxera ANSK. We’d like to contribute to the tradition of chess playing excellence in Hungary, and in the process, put Tuxera in a position to attract new talent to our own ranks.

“We are very excited by this sponsorship. As the world’s need for data storage and handling is becoming increasingly complex, it’s important for Tuxera to actively support the growth of current and future talent in Hungary, and also around the world,” said Szabolcs Szakacsits, President and CTO of Tuxera. “This initiative is one of those opportunities. We value the great minds and look forward to further professionals joining Tuxera.”

Honoring a tradition of strategy and mental prowess

The chess club has seen success in numerous Hungarian and international challenges, with its members winning national team champion titles 13 times. Due to their achievements, a great number of outstanding players have joined the club over the years. Players like the World Champion Viswanathan Anand, Olympic Champion Lajos Portisch – and the world’s greatest female chess player of all time, Judit Polgár.

The origins of chess date back over 1,000 years, and the game remains as popular and celebrated today as ever, played by millions around the globe. While chess is enjoyed both as a hobby and a sport, the classic strategy game benefits the human mind – it contributes to the maintenance and improvement of brain function. Early childhood practice provides an unparalleled opportunity to develop young talent, while chess in old age assists in the prevention of dementia.[1]

Supporting the future in developer talent

Handling quality-assured data storage management software and networking technologies, Tuxera has been active in the Hungarian market since 2001. In 2021, we added to our global organization HCC Embedded, the Hungarian developer of embedded file systems, flash management, and network data transfer software. The new team has brought to Tuxera strong hardware enablement knowledge and expertise, deepening our commitment to delivering reliable data management solutions to the world.

Now, Tuxera seeks to actively support the ongoing growth of talent in Hungary as well – and with it, research and development opportunities on an international level. Tuxera sees supporting professional growth as an important part of enabling a future of sustainable and innovative embedded data storage management.


We work with many alliances, industry associations, and partners around the world.

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References

[1] Lillo-Crespo, Manuel et al. “Chess Practice as a Protective Factor in Dementia.” International journal of environmental research and public health vol. 16,12 2116. 14 Jun. 2019.


Tuxera launches Flash Memory Testing Service

Data management leader offers automotive, industrial automation, and other sectors unique test packages to ensure flash memory reliability.

HELSINKI, March 04, 2022 – Tuxera, a world-leading data storage management and networking technologies company, has launched its new Flash Memory Testing Services, a unique program designed to save engineers and systems designers time, energy, and money.

The service provides customers with guidance in choosing the right storage technology for their individualized use cases, so they can select a solution that meets their requirements for lifetime, performance, and reliability.

"Tuxera's Flash Memory Testing Service saves engineers a lot of headaches and hardware costs, in particular when designing automotive data storage," said Tuxera Product Manager Sami Kassimäki. "Our advanced system-level testing provides insights beyond common flash memory performance and endurance benchmark testing."

"Embedded file systems designers struggle to find the time, resources, and expertise to adequately validate flash memory vendor specifications," Kassimäki said. That means they may often select the more expensive flash parts to try to mitigate issues or choose a solution that satisfies limited tests but might end up failing in the field.

Tuxera draws on its decades of experience serving car manufacturers, Tier-1 suppliers, and device OEMs to provide more sophisticated and thorough flash memory testing, which can reveal unexpected flash device behavior under a specific planned use case and identify possible failure points early in the development phase.

Tuxera embedded flash memory tests include several individual packages including workload analysis, lifetime testing, power fail-safety testing, and environmental testing. The tests can be bundled together to create a fully customized package to meet design needs.

Tuxera Flash Memory Testing Service offers:

Workload Analysis. Tuxera analyzes and validates configuration for performance and lifetime targets, and finds opportunities to improve the efficiency of your platform. Tuxera works with clients to analyze the project workload and gives clients the optimal configurations for your system and data management solutions.

Lifetime Testing and Cost Analysis. Tuxera validates storage lifetime under custom workloads to inform product decisions for managed flash devices with a holistic approach. Testing how file systems, flash devices, and applications work together provides customers with a valid and accurate estimate of flash lifetime under the intended use case.

Power Fail-Safety Testing. Tuxera comprehensively tests fault tolerance to ensure system and data reliability using its proprietary test suite to simulate several real-world power-down cases. Examining how the flash device and file system work together provides clients with a comprehensive understanding of fault tolerance in the entire storage stack.

Environmental and Data Retention Testing. Tuxera validates device behavior throughout the device's lifetime by determining the device's behavior under different environmental conditions. Tests also assess whether the device can hold data for a targeted duration when powered off. That allows clients an understanding of the device's reliability under the extreme conditions of real-world use.

"In automotive manufacturing and industrial automation, lifetime requirements combined with performance requirements place extremely high demands on data storage designs," Kassimäki said. "Validation of the flash memories for their long-term behavior is crucial, and our new service can give embedded system designers confidence in the storage system they select."

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiff Rossi

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What will the drones of tomorrow look like, and how can file systems help power them?

As drone technology continues to push boundaries, file systems help ensure performance and data storage stay sky-high.

Tuxera was at CES 2022 last week, and attendance was down. With smaller crowds and less hustle-and-bustle, we had a golden opportunity to visit with some interesting customers and partners. That said, we also noticed some intriguing drone technology that caught our eye.

Pushing drones to new, imaginative limits

We were impressed by how much progress has been made in drones over the last few years. It’s an area of technology that has seen strong development in recent years, with the global consumer drone market expected to hit $3.26 billion in 2025, according to a report by Research And Markets.

At CES, we saw hydrogen fuel cell drones and huge piloted drones from SkyDrive, a Japanese tech startup. Their featured piloted drone was the Model SD-03, which promises to be extremely light and compact, as well as emission-free to boot. But as a VTOL (vertical take-off and land) aircraft, is it a stretch to still call it a drone?

The company Autel Robotics had quite a few drones on display, including their EVO Nano. This is a tiny model of drone, weighing in at under 250 grams and able fit into a decent-sized pocket. These small drones use a lot of modern technology, with Moore’s law being cleverly used to deliver more capable payloads in ever lighter packages. Other Autel drones on display included the Lite+ and the Dragonfish – the latter of which has a 120 minute flight time and multiple camera packages with multiple camera feeds. These advanced, high-performing cameras put a heavy demand on the file system.

We also observed underwater drones (from Chasing), drones for aerial cinematography (from Xdynamics), and even drones for Mars – NASA’s JPL Ingenuity technology demo.

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The drones of tomorrow demand crystal clear footage

Many of the cutting-edge models of drones we saw at CES made increasing use of highly advanced video cameras. With drones used in anything from aerial photography to visual safety inspections in buildings [1], maintaining high quality video camera capabilities as a major feature makes perfect sense. The EVO Nano model of drone mentioned earlier is capable of 4K footage and 48 megapixel stills on a tiny frame – no small feat.

On drones that push the limits of usability, the need for better photography and recording features means that camera capabilities are constantly scaling upwards too. Even at a fixed frame rate, a larger frame size of drone may mean a LOT more data arriving at the file system, and no extra time to deal with it. The media too must keep up, and fortunately the SD Association has delivered new media: the “V” video class cards and SD Express.

Assuming the right media is chosen, the file system has to pass any camera data onwards with minimal overhead. Too much overhead is referred to as system latency, and in the end results in lost or “dropped” frames on the video. To the drone user, the video can look choppy or stuttering – a poor user experience to say the least.

After camera data is captured by the drone, the next issue is storage. With the quality of camera data demanded by sophisticated drones, data reliability is no small concern. High-quality recording devices have write-heavy workloads, and flash devices in general have a limited number of write cycles. What’s more, highly mobile devices like drones can very realistically simply crash, potentially damaging the data.

File systems help ensure drone camera footage is smooth, and safely stored

One of the ways to help ensure high-performing cameras on drones and reliable storage is with quality-assured file systems.

Tuxera provides the best possible file system options in this case. For data stored on external media (such as a V class SD card), Microsoft exFAT by Tuxera provides the highest performance and lowest latency on a variety of operating systems used by drone and camera manufacturers.

Data stored on an internal media is not limited by the SD card speed class, but that doesn’t lessen the impact of file system latency. The Tuxera Reliance family of internal file systems deliver the strongest performance while also maximizing device lifetime.

Tuxera file systems feature proprietary methods to fight write amplification in flash storage, increasing the endurance and lifetime of the media while maintaining consistent and stable recording performance. Our software employs patented methods to protect user data retention and volume integrity, prevent or reduce data loss and corruption, and offer power fail-safety.

All in all, that means the end user can experience smoother camera performance from a drone that will last longer under heavy use.

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Final thoughts

CES 2022 shed light onto the direction of modern drone development, and the innovations occurring in how drones are built, as well as their envisioned uses. While sophisticated drones implement advanced cameras, the nature of drones as devices mean camera performance and data reliability on the drone are ongoing concerns.

File systems optimized for camera performance and reliability can help ensure that even the most high-tech drone achieves the camera performance and data storage that it deserves. And that’s a level of end user satisfaction we have a deep understanding of.

 

References:

[1] https://www.flyability.com/drone-inspections

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Tuxera announces ISO 9001 certification

Tuxera receives ISO 9001 certification, strengthens commitment to customer satisfaction

Data storage management company adopts quality management framework favored by automotive, enterprise, and aerospace manufacturers.

Tuxera, a world leader in quality-assured data storage management and networking technologies, is pleased to announce it has received ISO 9001 certification, an internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS).

As the most widely used QMS standard across the world, ISO 9001 is a set of specific standards based on seven broad management principles. It creates a framework that helps to ensure quality of a company’s products and services and that the company consistently meets customers’ expectations. An increasing number of manufacturers and OEMs, specifically in automotive, aerospace and defense, are imposing very strict prerequisites for supplier qualification.

"Receiving ISO 9001 certification further demonstrates Tuxera’s commitment to delivering the best possible quality to our customers using our state-of-the-art processes,” said Jesus Cabrera, Global Quality Manager at Tuxera. "The decisions we make are informed by data and aim to satisfy both the needs and expectations of our customers and stakeholders. The certification also highlights that the company around the quality products is driven by a solid, quality-driven structure."

Tuxera has a global customer base, and ISO certification ensures the company will meet quality requirements anywhere in the world. Clients know that Tuxera has robust processes in place, such as risk assessment and mitigation planning, that can result in cost savings and quicker time to market.

"The certification also shows Tuxera’s dedication to continuous improvement and maintaining its competitiveness in the market," Cabrera said.

Tuxera and its customers greatly value quality certifications. The company is also expected to complete Automotive SPICE® (A-SPICE) certification in 2022 – a framework for ensuring effective delivery of automotive systems as the development cycles shorten, with increased complexity and higher expectations of reliability. 

For A-SPICE certification, Tuxera adopted new Product Lifecycle Management tools to enable a better decision-making process. The company also increased its commitment to its employees by designing and implementing new training. "That allowed A-SPICE process features and needs to be simplified and translated into our own company culture," Cabrera said.

Pursuing and achieving certifications like ISO 9001 and A-SPICE framework demonstrate to Tuxera’s customers that the entire organization is committed to providing quality throughout the whole development process. 

"Our customers are at the heart of everything we do,” said Tuukka Ahoniemi, CEO of Tuxera. “Everything we build, we test rigorously, which results in quality-driven, reliable storage and networking software, built to expectations. ISO 9001 will be an integral piece of the foundation of the products we provide our customers."

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters is in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi


Telechips and Tuxera form partnership

Telechips and Tuxera form partnership for next-generation in-vehicle automotive solutions

The partnership comes after long-standing cooperation between the companies, allowing both leaders to meet the growing needs of global OEMs and Tier-1s even more effectively.

HELSINKI, Finland, and SEOUL, Korea, October 28, 2021 – Tuxera Inc., a market leader in data storage management software and networking technologies, today announced its partnership with Telechips, a leading automotive system on chip (SoC) supplier for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and cockpit solutions. The organizations are working together to address the growing global demand for advanced IVI and cockpit systems. The partnership allows for strong technical information sharing between Tuxera and Telechips, empowering cutting-edge automotive solutions development. Tuxera’s quality-assured embedded file systems will optimize the performance and reliability of Telechips’ advanced automotive chipsets.

A leading chipset maker in the global connected vehicle market

Telechips is a leading producer of Arm-based chipsets for automotive systems. As the top semiconductor provider for the automotive industry in Korea, and with an approximate 10% global market share in the industry, the company plays an important role in the worldwide IVI and cockpit market. Telechips is also active in reinforcing the smart automotive ecosystem through developing international partnerships.

The advanced automotive solutions of Telechips include integrated cockpit systems, head-unit displays (HUD), IVI systems, microcontrollers, SoCs, and more.

Driving next-generation automotive solutions through cooperation

Telechips and Tuxera both have extensive experience in cooperating with global Tier-1 suppliers in Korea. The companies have engaged in multiple joint projects together, building up shared expertise and mutual trust for more than five years. Together, they have initiated development of next-generation solutions aimed at providing improved support for global OEMs and Tier-1 automotive suppliers. Telechips and Tuxera are committed to developing and implementing solutions not only in IVI, but also in next generation technologies like automotive microcontrollers (MCUs) and neural processing units (NPUs).

This reinforced cooperation will enable Telechips’ high-performance automotive cockpit and audio processors – on Linux®, AndroidTM, or QNX® – to experience even greater reliability and responsiveness through Tuxera’s failsafe file system solutions, like GravityCS by TuxeraTM and the Tuxera RelianceTM family.

“We are really happy with this partnership. By working closely with Telechips, we are helping to meet the performance and reliability needs of advanced automotive systems worldwide,” says Rey-Yue Chien, Key Account Manager in Automotive at Tuxera. “Our storage solution experts work close with the hardware. In working with Telechips, we can adapt our solutions to optimize the performance and fail-safety of the Telechips hardware – allowing our customers to get the absolute most out of Telechips’ cutting-edge chipsets.”

“We are grateful that Telechips has the opportunity to partner with Tuxera. Telechips believes the cooperation with Tuxera will help develop the performance and reliability of automotive systems and expand the market in Europe.” says Stanley Kim, Business Unit Leader at Telechips. By cooperating with Tuxera, Telechips secures a fail-safety solution partner, which will reinforce customer confidence in the company’s solutions.

About Telechips

Telechips Inc. has been successful in Automotive industry with its application processors and communication ICs. Telechips automotive AP is expanding applications from In-Vehicle Infotainment to the cockpit system with its advanced, secure and power efficiency. Telechips provides chipsets with development environment including reference H/W design, and platforms with its partners that help Tier-1s and OEMs develop efficiently. Telechips has constantly invested for advanced technologies like ADAS and AI in the auto industry to outperform the solutions available in the market.

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About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more at www.tuxera.com

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi


Tuxera hires Antti Alila as the Head of Enterprise Business Unit

Tuxera hires Microsoft cloud veteran as Head of Enterprise Business Unit, expands operations in the growing enterprise cloud market

Antti Alila joins Tuxera as the company strengthens its commitment to developing Microsoft technologies-based enterprise cloud storage solutions for Linux.

ESPOO, Finland – October 6, 2021 – Tuxera, a world-leading storage software and networking technology company, announced that Antti Alila joins the company as Head of Enterprise Business Unit. Under new direction and leadership from Antti, Tuxera is well positioned to support the needs of the world’s rapidly expanding enterprise cloud storage market.

Antti has played a critical part in building Microsoft’s enterprise cloud market in Finland for the past 15 years. He had a key role in executing the development of Microsoft Azure business from its early beginnings, all the way to its position as a leading cloud platform. Antti brings to Tuxera unique industry experience, knowledge, and insight, allowing the company to take new strides in its enterprise solutions development.

“The enterprise cloud storage industry is growing rapidly,” says Antti. “I see a great opportunity for Tuxera to bring added value to customers globally from our world-leading knowledge on data storage, reliability, and performance, in order to unlock new scenarios and opportunities in this era of digitalization. I’m very excited to be joining Tuxera to lead in this transition, and help guide the team of global experts in developing and delivering the scalable and secure enterprise solutions that the world needs.”

“Tuxera has been pioneering data storage solutions within the embedded domain for the past decade. Along the way, we have gradually expanded our offering also towards enterprise storage,” says Tuukka Ahoniemi, CEO of Tuxera. “Now, we see a growing opportunity for investing even more into enterprise cloud storage. I warmly welcome Antti to lead the next step in this area of Tuxera’s future.”

Tuxera hires Antti Alila as the Head of Enterprise Business Unit
Antti Alila, Head of Enterprise Business Unit, Tuxera

The rising global demand for cloud storage requires scalable solutions with continuous availability

The enterprise cloud solutions market is on the verge of significant growth. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global cloud storage market is projected to grow from $76.43 billion in 2021 to $390.33 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 26.2%. As that market grows, organizations around the world will face increased demand for cloud data storage. Enterprises globally will continue to invest in digitalization, to modernize their industry solutions and migrate to the cloud, be it the hybrid cloud or hyperscale platforms.

This trend is supported by analysts globally. Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage forecasts that by 2024, large enterprises will triple their unstructured data stored as file or object storage on-premises, at the edge or in the public cloud, compared to 2020. By 2024, 50% of the global unstructured data storage capacity will be deployed as software-defined storage (SDS) on-premises or in the public cloud, up from less than 20% in 2020.

With data storage on the cloud increasing, high availability and scalability are needed to ensure that critical data remains secure and rapidly accessible for organizations. As the leading provider of embedded data storage management solutions, Tuxera has extended its direction and focus on expanding into the growing enterprise cloud market.

A strategic direction with roots in a long-term partnership

Since 2009, Tuxera has been a close partner of Microsoft. Tuxera has developed licensed, value-added implementations of widely used storage and networking technologies like SMB, exFAT, FAT, and NTFS. Tuxera continues to be part of Microsoft’s IP licensing programs.

This long-term collaboration has built the foundation for Tuxera’s new enterprise-focused strategic vision.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more about us at http://www.tuxera.com/.

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi

Photo credit: Mikko Mäntyniemi for Tuxera


Tuxera acquires HCC embedded

Tuxera acquires embedded storage and networking software front-runner, HCC Embedded

The company now offers the widest range of data storage management and network transfer software in the industry, with a strengthened focus on safety- and mission-critical data.

HELSINKI, Finland and BUDAPEST, Hungary – September 9, 2021 – Tuxera, the world-leading storage software and networking technology company, has signed an agreement to acquire HCC Embedded, the Hungarian developer of embedded file systems, flash management, and network data transfer software. HCC Embedded will officially operate as Tuxera Hungary Kft. Tuxera now offers the most comprehensive range of software and services for managing data as it is stored, used, and moved in and between embedded systems. The acquisition deepens Tuxera's commitment to deliver reliable data management solutions in a world increasingly fueled and vitalized by data.

Rising global data use demands secure management solutions

The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that the global data demand will grow to an estimated 175 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025.1 Keeping up with the storage needs driven by this global data demand will require over 22 ZB of storage capacity across all media types. Much of this data will be generated by embedded devices and transported through complex and demanding network protocols. As the world becomes more dependent on data for real-time decision making, the requirements for safe and secure data management grow more stringent.

Meeting the need for safety-critical data management

Since its founding in 2002, HCC Embedded has emphasized quality and information security, achieving both ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and ISO 27001 Information Security Management standards. This complements Tuxera’s focus on serving its customers with demanding safety- and mission-critical data requirements, particularly in the automotive industry. Safety design standards and increasingly rigorous regulations continue to put more demand on embedded systems designs – not only in the automotive sector, but in the avionics, aerospace, medical, rail and shipping transport, and industrial automation industries as well.

New networking expertise and deeper flash storage knowledge

The acquisition also brings deep hardware enablement knowledge and expertise to Tuxera, allowing the company’s storage management software to interact more closely and optimally with an even wider range of hardware environments. Additionally, HCC Embedded brings an extensive range of MISRA-compliant networking products to Tuxera’s portfolio, covering domains such as network management, security, and TCP/IP applications. These new products will enrich Tuxera’s expertise beyond fail-safe storage and management of data-at-rest and data-at-use, to encompass the reliable and secure transport of data in, out, and through limitless data-driven, connected devices.

Leading the way in data management solutions

Since 1983, Tuxera has been developing fail-safe, high-performance software for managing data. The company’s solutions have shipped in billions of consumer devices and vehicles to date. Tuxera develops proprietary implementations of industry-standard file systems such as FAT, exFAT, and NTFS, as well as its own range of proprietary embedded file systems, flash management software, and network storage solutions. In 2021, Tuxera’s storage-industry leadership was recognized by CRN on its annual Storage 100 list of the most innovative providers of storage technology used in enterprise deployments.

“Joining forces with HCC Embedded is a great next step for us in strengthening our expertise in embedded data storage solutions and expanding our offering even more towards deeply embedded systems using real-time operating systems and micro-controllers. With the networking and middleware components of HCC Embedded, we’re able to provide a more comprehensive portfolio of solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of data management. Expanding our team will also allow us to more effectively provide engineering services in Central Europe,” says Tuukka Ahoniemi, CEO of Tuxera.

”For the past 20 years at HCC Embedded, we have worked to provide ever-higher quality embedded software components and related services to customers that value quality and reliability. By joining Tuxera, a company of similar aims and values for its customers, partners, and employees, I’m now more confident than ever that we can accelerate our mission to provide quality embedded software to fulfill tomorrow’s needs for secure and safe products,” says Dave Hughes, CEO, HCC Embedded.

The combined engineering teams of the two companies now encompasses some of the top experts in file systems, flash memory, embedded storage, and networking technology around the globe. Their experience and understanding of data storage and transfer technology covers any operating system or real-time operating system, any flash memory type, any hardware environment, any storage interface, and a wide range of network protocols.

Tuxera acquisition – HCC Embedded CEO with Tuxera CEO
HCC Embedded CEO Dave Hughes with Tuxera CEO Tuukka Ahoniemi

Solving challenges across the entire data management lifecycle

The merging of the two companies will bring significant benefits to any device, vehicle, or industrial products manufacturer with onboard or edge storage and/or networking requirements. These benefits include:

  • comprehensive storage management support for a broad range of devices – from deeply embedded (such as microcontrollers), to vehicles, aircraft, and spacecraft, and for all consumer and industrial IoT devices
  • improved file system performance, data reliability, flash memory lifetime, and hardware costs reduction
  • data storage support for both managed and unmanaged flash memory
  • USB mass storage, USB device, and host drivers
  • industry-standard, fail-safe file systems like FAT, exFAT, NTFS, APFS, and HFS+
  • industry-standard network data transfer and file sharing protocols support, such as IPv4/6 and SMB
  • flash memory quality and cost evaluation services

Transaction advisors

DLA Piper acted as legal advisor to Tuxera, and KPMG acted as financial and tax advisor.

RSM Hungary acted as financial, legal, and tax advisor to HCC Embedded.

About HCC Embedded

HCC Embedded develops deeply embedded software components “out of context,” which ensures that they can be used as core elements of any system, including those engineered to meet stringent requirements for safety, quality, and portability. Built on a foundation of the highest quality, HCC’s product portfolio comprises more than 250 embedded components developed with the help of the company’s deep competencies in reliable flash management, fail-safe file systems, and IPv4/6 networking stacks with associated security protocols. HCC also offers a comprehensive suite of USB host and function software. Since 2002, HCC has supplied these embedded software components to more than 2,000 companies globally in a wide range of industries including industrial, medical, and automotive.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more about us at http://www.tuxera.com/.

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi

References

[1] The Digitization of the World From Edge to Core, An IDC White Paper – #US44413318, An IDC Whitepaper Sponsored by Seagate.

*This report is no longer accessible online, though is cited in "175 Zettabytes By 2025," Tom Coughlin, Contributor at Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomcoughlin/2018/11/27/175-zettabytes-by-2025/


Tuxera and Wittenstein announce partnership

Tuxera and WITTENSTEIN strengthen partnership, offering reliable data integrity for safety- and mission-critical systems

The partnership will allow for safeguarded critical data with SAFERTOS® for customers in medical, industrial, automotive, and rail.

HELSINKI, Finland, and BRISTOL, United Kingdom, August 31, 2021 – Tuxera, a world-leader in quality-assured storage management and networking software, announced its partnership with WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems (WHIS) to make Tuxera Reliance Edge™ and Tuxera Reliance Assure™ power-failsafe file systems available to SAFERTOS®. WHIS produces and supplies its safety-critical real-time operating system, SAFERTOS, to a diverse range of technology sectors worldwide. The partnership simplifies the customer journey, allowing these integrated platforms to speed up time to market.

Safeguarding mission-critical data in real-time operating systems

The partnership between Tuxera and WHIS is built on a shared vision of the growing importance of data and need for reliable real-time responsiveness within mission-critical systems. Both companies have expertly served the complex needs of some of the same industries and customers.

WHIS is a global producer and supplier of RTOS and platform solutions to the medical, automotive, rail, and industrial sectors. SAFERTOS is the company’s pre-certified safety RTOS for embedded processors. It provides deterministic event handling, and is available pre-certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL 3.

Tuxera’s Reliance® family file systems for SAFERTOS use transactional methods to protect critical system and user data from corruption, especially where power loss or interruptions may cause mission or system failures, or safety risks. Reliance Assure is designed specifically for certifiable systems and can be used when certification is mandated. With a focus on power fail-safety and protecting mission critical data, the Reliance file systems are a natural fit with SAFERTOS.

Pairing up to meet the embedded world’s challenging reliability needs

Reliance Edge, Reliance Assure, and SAFERTOS all feature in-built support for determinism. Key file system operations of Tuxera’s Reliance Edge and Reliance Assure are deterministic, offering developers unprecedented predictability for data reliability and storage performance. This flexibility amplifies the dependability of Tuxera’s file systems as a tool for data management – helping to ensure greater mission-critical data protection for WHIS’ customers.

“We’re proud to be partnering with WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems,” says Thom Denholm, Technical Product Manager at Tuxera. “While WHIS can laser-focus on the core development and safety aspects of SAFERTOS, we can apply our expertise in storage development to look after the critical data handling requirements.”

“SAFERTOS is specially designed for systems that need to respond quickly to safety events, where the system must be placed into a safe state in the shortest possible time,” says Andrew Longhurst, Managing Director at WHIS. “The partnership is significant in providing greater fail-safety and system integrity that’s needed in the safety-critical embedded systems of today.”

About WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems

WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems is a safety systems company that produces and supplies real time operating systems and platform solutions to the Automotive, Rail, Medical, and Industrial sectors worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.highintegritysystems.com.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more about us at www.tuxera.com

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi

References

[1] Safety Critical RTOS Adapting Across Applications. February 2019. WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems. https://www.highintegritysystems.com/downloads/white_papers/Safety_Critical_RTOS_Adapting_Across_Applications.pdf


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