Apacer: industrial-grade USB drives provide full data protection - Embedded.com

Apacer: industrial-grade USB drives provide full data protection


Apacer has developed a full range of gage-level USB storage solution designs for terminal applications in industrial markets, including for vertical applications in the gaming, transportation, medical, and financial industries as well as in automation markets. Products are available for EH322, EH353, and EH163-M (Chip-on-Board support) with USB 3.0 interface.

Apacer and its strategic alliance of suppliers utilize high-quality flash memory chips that allow products to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to 85°C. The shock resistance of the internal structure meets strict military MIL-STD810G / MIL-STD202G specifications to ensure stable operations in the most extreme and harsh of environments.

Built-in error checking and correcting firmware can instantly detect abnormal potential changes and corrections in order to avoid the writing of incorrect data. In addition, management personnel can utilize custom anti-write mechanisms to freely set write protection sectors, restrict writing, and alter and delete data permissions. Apacer's USB storage solutions set multiple protection mechanisms within the software and firmware to protect against data leaks.

In addition to built-in global wear-leveling technology, Apacer's USB solutions also feature optimal storage space utilization and increased product lifespans. They are equipped with S.M.A.R.T. real-time monitoring software, enabling administrators to more thoroughly monitor USB usage data like the average and maximum erase times, the total number of blocks damaged after use, and predicted service life. Users can also diagnose the health of a USB device in real-time to avoid instances of abrupt failure and the resultant data corruption.

Industrial equipment comes with a high cost but can be utilized for a number of years. To ensure compatibility even as materials change during the dozens of years that a piece of equipment is in use, Apacer pledges a long-term supply of USB storage solutions with a fixed BOM certification.

Clients can add another level of protection by using the exclusive vendor and product identification code (VID/PIC), as well as factory serial number settings that bind USB products to specific devices in order to track usage and to deny access by other equipment. In the gaming industry, these characteristics help avoid both the risks that arise when changing materials and the trouble of obtaining re-verification of certifications.

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