Smart Bus Solutions
Today, over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas. The portion is estimated to reach nearly 70% by 2050, making transportation one of the toughest challenges for cities around the globe. With the advancement of automotive IoT and 5G communication technologies, ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) is being implemented in many cities to improve traffic congestion, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Smart Public Transportations An ITS system is capable of making critical and timely traffic decisions from management centers or roadside infrastructure through networks of sensors, intelligent embedded solutions, distributed computing ability, and wireless connection capabilities. In other words, an ITS uses new and emerging technologies to make moving around a city more convenient, more cost-effective (for both the city and the individual), and safer. As environmental awareness rises, more and more local governments have set goals to raise the proportion of people using public transport. Many have embraced and developed intelligent public transportation systems to increase efficiency and safety with lower operating costs. Among all, smart buses are considered one of the most welcomed choices for their lower infrastructure costs and faster deployment. Smart Buses In addition, with video analytics ability and edge AI imbued, it becomes the key to automated services such as total passenger control and AFC (Automated Fare Collection). Meanwhile, smart buses interconnect with the surroundings and the control center through GNSS and IoT technologies. Hence the operator can conduct fleet management and provide better PIS (Passenger Information System) service that delivers essential real-time information to passengers. Furthermore, as smart buses collect traffic data continuously and collaboratively, operators can gain more insights to improve service, enhance utility efficiency, and rearrange routes or timetables when necessary. Challenges and Solutions Due to the ongoing development of in-vehicle surveillance, communication, and computing technologies, the demand for real-time massive data collection and analysis continues to grow, leveraging the need for large-capacity and high-transfer-speed storage solutions. However, when it comes to in-vehicle applications, the key lies in reliability against tough onboard situations and challenging environments, such as unstable power supply, vibration, extreme temperatures, and humidity Although high temperatures, shock, and vibrations can cause damage and severely reduce the lifespan of electronic devices, these factors are common for in-vehicle systems. All Cervoz in-vehicle products are compliant with ISO-16750-3 standards, ensuring that they can withstand shock and vibration for a continuous 24 hours, and survive a 100cm-6-face drop test. These stress tests simulate the actual conditions of vehicles in an outdoor operation. Our optional Anti-Vibration Fill also can help secure PCB and main chips in their place and prevent solder joints from coming loose. All Cervoz flash storage products come with wide temperature versions that can operate stably between -40˚C to 85˚C. In addition, our in-house developed conformal coating is optional compliant to all our embedded products, protecting the storage from dust and humidity in vehicles. With the emergence of electric transportation, power supply instability and outages may pose problems for owners and operators. Cervoz Powerguard is our firmware-and-hardware integrated power loss protection technology. Powerguard provides additional power to the memory during an unexpected power outage to complete the current flash write operation and protect data integrity and the firmware. Meanwhile, its under-voltage protection feature prevents recording erroneous and incomplete data, which may damage data validity and the device during a power outage. Cervoz Industrial T376 family is a line-up of high-capacity and high-transmission-speed 3D TLC SSDs with Powerguard function and DRAM buffer design. The DRAM Buffer technology utilizes an additional DRAM that functions the way a cache does in a hard disk to increase the products' performance, endurance, and lifespan. The line-up consists of multiple form factors, including 2.5” SATA, mSATA, and M.2 2280, all compliant with the SATA III interface. Know more about Cervoz's solutions for: Smart EV Chargers Parking Lots Smart Traffic Management Contact a Cervoz Sales Rep. to learn more.
Advancements in digitalization have brought us to this era of big data, and rocketed the development in AI (artificial intelligence), ML (machine learning), MEC (multi-access edge computing), HPC (high-performance computing), etc. Distributed AI As IoT and 5G technologies thrive, increasing devices collect and generate colossal amounts of data on a millisecond basis. Sending inundated data back and forth to the cloud and center for storage and processing is relatively inefficient and expensive. Also, there is not enough bandwidth when increasing machines are becoming interconnected. With distributed AI deployment, mundane AI tasks such as data collating and basic processing are allocated to edge devices with moderate memory and computing power like industrial endpoints and local 5G base stations. These edge appliances are imbued with enough intelligence to ensure only relevant and valuable data is sent to central AI for crunching. Allowing it to learn faster, infer deeper, and achieve more with lower costs, less bandwidth, and power consumption. One trending application case is IVA (edge-based Intelligent Video Analytics) solutions for traffic management. IVA helps to ease traffic congestion by monitoring the road conditions in real-time and taking timely action locally, without dependency on time-consuming video transmission and analytics from the cloud. It also reduces the cost for massive data transmission and intense cloud services from the broad and geographical deployment of monitors, signals, and devices. Memory in Distributed AI Continuous data input from edge endpoints has incrementally trained and optimized the neuro networks and central ML models. The retrained central AI then feedback refined algorithms to the edge for better predecessor results. It's a continuous cycle of improvement. Cervoz Solutions Unlike traditional 2D NAND with flat and one-story cell structures, the vertical structure of 3D NAND flash memory technology has taken advantage of the space above and significantly increased performance and capacity for each unit while consuming less power and costing less per GB. Cervoz offers a range of affordable high IOPS 3D TLC solutions in diverse form factors, from mainstream 2.5" SSD to slim and compact embedded modules including M.2 2242/ 2280, mSATA, Half-size mSATA, and Half Slim. Cervoz DDR4 32GB 3200MHz DRAM in DIMM and SO-DIMM modules feature high capacity, transmission speed, and reliable JEDEC-standard-quality, making it ideal for working with massive datasets in AI applications. Furthermore, the DDR4 series consumes 20% less power compared to predecessor DDR3. There's also DDR4 SO-DIMM Very Low Profile Industrial Memory Module, the miniature version, saving 40% space, and is suitable for any edge device with a dense enclosure. Read also: ▪ Cervoz 3D NAND Flash Storage Solution ▪ Next-Generation Server Solution Contact a Cervoz Sales Rep. to learn more!
New DDR5 Industrial Grade DRAM Modules
Cervoz Announces New DDR5 Industrial Grade DRAM Modules for Diversified Industrial Applications Cervoz announces the introduction of new industrial-grade DDR5 memory modules, DIMM and SO-DIMM 8G~32G, that feature enhanced capacity, stability, and power efficiency for high-bandwidth industrial applications such as data centers, AIoT, and machine learning. DDR5 DRAM Solutions The new DIMM channel architecture is updated with two independent 40-bit (32 data bits with eight ECC bits) subchannels per memory module (DIMM). With this new architecture, Cervoz DDR5 will significantly increase memory access efficiency and lower the latencies of data accesses for the memory controller. Besides increased memory bandwidth, DDR5 will allow for individual memory chips up to 64Gbit in density, which is 4 time higher than DDR4's 16Gbit density maximum, enabling higher-capacity DIMMS. DDR5 debuts at 4800MT/s, while DDR4 tops out at 3200MT/s, a 50% increase in bandwidth. In cadence with compute platform releases, DDR5 has planned performance increases that will scale to 6400MT/s, ideal for edge computing, IoT, 5G, surveillance, and industrial PC-related applications. With on-die ECC (Error Correction Code), the DDR5 modules keep the system stable by self-correcting errors, effectively improving transmission reliability. ECC-enabled processors for servers and workstations feature the coding to correct single or multi-bit errors. Cervoz industrial-grade DDR5 memory modules use original high-quality IC and capacities of 8GB ~ 32GB. Cervoz DDR5 is set to supersede DDR4 in almost every area – faster speeds, greater bandwidth, better power efficiency. For more information about Cervoz DDR5, please contact a Cervoz Sales Representative!
New M.2 Expansion Solutions
Big Performance in Small Packages Cervoz Industrial Modular Expansion Card (MEC) product lineup covers a broad range of expansion applications from Ethernet, Serial, USB, Display, SATA, and WiFi to provide flexible integration and cost-effectiveness to your total system solution. All MEC products undergo rigorous test procedures to ensure functionality, compatibility, and reliability. New M.2 Expansion Card MEC product line has mini PCIe and M.2 (B+M key) 2242/2260/2280 form factors. The new M.2 (B+M key) 2242/2260/2280 form factor is a three-in-one card designed with flexibility in mind. MEC-LAN solutions for Ethernet connection expansion, MEC-COM, and MEC-USB for serial and USB solutions. The product comes in the M.2 2280 form factor but can be broken off to become an M.2 2260 or broken down further into an M.2 2242. The flexibility to shorten the MEC products allows customers to order one product that works for multiple locations on an application device's motherboard and their respective space constraints. Cervoz New M.2 MEC modules stand out for their compact and flexible design, especially for industrial embedded systems. Explore Cervoz New M.2 Expansion Card Solution Now Contact a Cervoz Sales Representative to learn more about flexible MEC-LAN/ COM/ USB solutions!
New Era of Smart Healthcare
The world changed with the COVID-19 pandemic—and so did healthcare. To prevent the virus from further spread while we are in the midst of this pandemic, many countries have proposed "zero-contact diagnosis and treatment”. According to research firm ReportLinker, the global telemedicine market is expected to reach US$218.5 billion in 2025, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.34 percent. Why Telemedicine? Telemedicine enables a new standard of care by keeping patients better connected with their doctors and allowing both patients and doctors to avoid high-risk environments. Telemedicine allows people to access care in the comfort and convenience of their homes. Virtual visits are easier to fit into your busy schedule. It reduces travel, expense and time away from home. Going to the hospital or clinic means being around people who may be infectious. With Telemedicine, your exposure to other people's germs is minimized, which helps everyone, especially the ones who are most vulnerable (i.e, - pregnant elderly, immunocompromised). Telemedicine technology enables frequent patient monitoring and data collection to support faster diagnosis and appropriate treatment. It improves access to healthcare providers, continuity and quality of care. Challenge of Telemedicine Healthcare data do come from many different sources. From patient forms to test results and diagnostic imaging, every patient accumulates a sizable electronic health record. What Cervoz can offer Cervoz storage products meet the demands of telemedicine applications such as industrial-grade 2.5”/M.2 SSDs for medical equipment and data centers, and mSATA SSDs and CF/Cfast cards for medical devices. All Cervoz industrial-grade storage products undergo rigorous testing procedures to ensure functionality, high durability, and reliability. Furthermore, Cervoz RO-MLC, 3D MLC and 3D TLC flash storage offers high-speed calculation with lower power consumption, allowing telemedicine services to gather, store, and process data instantaneously with ease . In the legal aspect of telemedicine, the interaction between doctors and patients must be recorded to avoid medical disputes and aid further diagnosis. It is also necessary to encrypt the process and ensure the communication between the patient and the doctor is safe. Data security and data integrity are essential for telemedicine. Cervoz data protection technologies such as AES 256-bit encryption and write-protect function can help protect patient information that is transmitted over telemedicine IoT devices and other endpoints. M339 and T376 family are two of the best storage solutions for telemedicine applications. Cervoz flash module products, such as R336/M336/T376 family, come with the Powerguard function to offer extra power during a power failure to preserve patients' data integrity. Meanwhile, longevity of telemedicine devices should be considered to ensure 100% compatibility and interoperability. Cervoz has established successful product management processes for legacy products, simplifying the transition to alternative solutions. If you are looking for a storage solution provider for telemedicine services, please contact Cervoz to ensure you will not miss the opportunity to take full advantage of what telemedicine has to offer.
Solutions for Smart EV Chargers
Transportation is Going Electric Have you noticed that there is an ongoing revolution around your daily commute? As governments successively announce policies targeting zero-emissions transportation, electric vehicles (EVs) are now snowballing in global popularity and market, around 160% increase in sales in H1 of 2021 compared to 2020, and is estimated to keep expanding significantly for the upcoming years. While the popularity and market of EVs continue to rise, so do electric vehicle chargers. *According to Canalys and GlobeNewswire reports. Interconnected Smart EV Charging Interconnectivity is trending in transportation, such as vehicles to home (V2H), vehicles to grid (V2G), even vehicles to everything (V2X). The trend has shaped the development of EV charging from fixed-point stations to widespread interoperable units, from standalone to interconnected Smart EV Charging devices. Smart EV chargers are interconnected while sharing a data connection with electric vehicles and their operators. The interoperability allows vehicle owners to track charging progress remotely and know nearby chargers' vacancies during their drive. In addition, interconnected EV chargers allow operators to conduct cloud-based and scalable management, real-time monitor, remote software update, and optimize electricity distribution. Challenges and Cervoz Solutions Since drivers who use EV chargers are usually active, dynamic, and on-the-road, status information from a Smart EV charging devices such as vacancy and malfunction is required to be real-time, prompt, and reliable. Thus, the Smart EV charging operators who can provide instant and reliable services are able to maximize operational benefits and attract more EV drivers to use their service. Cervoz Industrial Embedded Modules are able to assure the data transmission in real-time and reliable. The T405 Family, are a series of SSD products compliant with PCIe Gen 3x4, available in M.2 2242 and 2280 form factors. The NVM Express compliance enables the series to read and write at their maximum speed. The T405 Family uses 3D TLC flash memory from Micron, the industry-leading manufacturer, to achieve smaller cell sizes, higher circulation speed, and power efficiency. There is also the T435 Family who owns all the above features and comes with a specially designed DRAM buffer to optimize storage endurance and lifespan. Most of the EV chargers locate outdoor, facing diverse weather. Meanwhile, electrical equipment as such is usually with high operating temperature. Cervoz flash modules support wide operating temperatures (-40˚C~85˚C), enabling them to work perfectly within extreme environmental conditions. Also, an in-house developed conformal coating is optional and compliant to all our embedded products, protecting storage against outdoor environment challenges such as moisture, dust, thermal shocks, and sunlight. Cervoz offers comprehensive solutions for overheating, including the Dynamic Thermal Throttling mechanism, which activates automatically to cool the device down. On the hardware front, Cervoz provides additional heat dissipation solutions for high data transmitting products like T405 and T435. Read also: ▪ Know more about Cervoz Over Heating Solutions ▪ Independent Review of T435 Family by Rugged PC Review Contact a Cervoz Sales Rep. to learn more!
Next-Generation Server Solution
In the post-pandemic era, factories are facing multiple challenges in production and manufacturing, including labor and material shortages, rise in labor costs, halts in production. The current automated production lines can no longer keep up with the market competition. However, through development of 5G technology, the integration of 5G, edge computing and AI have the greatest impact on the digitization of smart factories. It will also become one of the driving forces in the server market. Challenges and Requirements As a perfect server solution, selecting suitable server components to build data centers and servers is the basic requirement. Even with many 5G and AI advances, speed, stability, data security, and low power consumption will be essential for servers building as well. Cervoz Solutions High-speed, High capacity and Low power consumption Based on the latest platform development plan of Intel, the new Cervoz DDR5, in RDIMMs, UDIMMs, and SODIMM, support Intel 12th gen processor. Also, Cervoz DDR5 with dual-channel I/O mode with 32-bit wide channels provides twice the performance of DDR4, as well as improved power efficiency through an on-DIMM 12V voltage regulator and 1.1V I/O. With a dual-channel DIMM topology for higher channel efficiency, it is suited to server and cloud computing applications. Enhanced endurance and Stability for industrial applications Cervoz industrial-grade NVMe PCIe Gen4x4 SSD features 3D NAND technology with large storage capacities, which offers temperature tolerance from -40˚C~85˚C. Comparing Cervoz NVMe PCIe Gen4x4 SSD with T405 Gen3x4 SSD, the speed is 3.5 times faster. It greatly benefits server and cloud computing application. Featured technologies for server applications Cervoz Advanced LDPC ECC Engine is an error-correcting mechanism that is far superior to its predecessor, EEC. It can correct more errors per pages, thus sustaining the lifespan of the SSD in servers. Cervoz Powerguard function for flash module is designed to prevent data loss and ensure the stability of data transmission during an unstable power supply situation. It's definitely a must-to-have technology for server applications. Cervoz offers a feature known as Dynamic Thermal Throttling for flash module products. This mechanism is activated to prevent the SSD from overheating, automatically adjusting SSD performance to cool it down, allowing the SSD continues to perform at optimal levels without declines in performance. Meanwhile, the special fin heatsink design for M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe products can effectively reduce the temperature of the SSD during operation and maintain stable read and write performance.
Automated Optical Inspection
When a traditional factory is transferred to a smart factory, more devices will be adopted to improve production performance. The vision machine system no doubt is one of the important devices and the Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) is the eye of the quality control first step. AOI integrates with optics, mechanics, electronic control, and software to replace the human eye and the camera will autonomously scan the device under test for both catastrophic failure and quality defects. Challenges and Requirements Quality inspection is a critical step in the whole production flow. Traditionally, quality inspection was ensured by manual visual inspection (MVI), using humans to detect defects. Today, in the era of post-pandemic coupled with the development of industrial automation, factories reorganize their workforce to ensure the best utilization. Obviously, more and more workers will be replaced by machines, especially in labor-intensive industries. For example, factories use machine vision to replace human vision, artificial intelligence instead of the human brain. This replacement has accelerated the practice of AIOT. What can Cervoz offer? To fulfill the stabilized transmission, including processing huge amounts of small images, Cervoz offers an industrial Optimized Endurance Flash solution that meets the requirement of writing large amounts of small-sized data into SSD quickly and accurately. A DRAM build-in designed flash module provides a temporary storage area for data and the chip acts as a directory that assists in allocating the data to the assigned positions that could improve performance by shortening data transmitted response time, simultaneously, increasing endurance by reducing P/E cycle erase times. Cervoz provides a Conformal Coating service for all DRAM and flash modules, allowing them to be protected by the thin protective film against moisture, dust, chemicals, e.g., in food processing factories where using AOI for grading and inspection in the humid and cold working environment. It not only enhances product reliability but also prolongs memory and storage lifespan. As for extreme environments, Cervoz products use industrial-grade ICs with strict compatibility test to ensure reliability can operate in extreme temperatures ranging from -40˚C~85˚C. Cervoz Powergard (Power Loss Protection,PLP) technology can prevent ongoing written-in data loss and ensure stability of data transmission when any power failure occurred. Cervoz Powregard as well as power stability, needless to say, indispensable to 24/7-run factories. Cervoz delivers a rich portfolio of high-performance DRAM module solutions and storage products to various industrial applications. Contact Cervoz for more industrial solutions.
Parking Lot Solutions
Parking lots and garages have been around since we can remember. As automobiles and motorcycle ownership became commonplace, the infrastructure that house them did too. Most parking facilities nowadays adopt self-service vending machines where people can park their cars, get a token and then pay when they are ready to leave or even more convenient with a machine at the front of the gate that scans the license plate and generates a ticket to be paid later. With the rising popularity of electric vehicles, many of these parking lots are also being equipped with EV charging stations. All of these operations add to the list of tasks parking lot systems need to handle. As mentioned above, these parking lot self-service vending machines need to keep track of a lot of information, such as which parking spaces are occupied, how long each space has been occupied, etc. For charging stations, the overall managing system will need to know how much kilowatt-hour of energy is being used. Cervoz recommends its special technology SSDs such as the military-grade M339 or its Powerguard M336 or T376. The military-grade SSD has a number of security functions that prevent hacking or tampering and ensures that data is kept safe both for the parking lot and the customers' benefit. The Powerguard SSD preserves data integrity in a different way—by providing an extra boost of energy in case of a power outage so that any data being processed at the moment can find its way safely written into the device. Outdoor parking lots face the unique challenges of the environment, whether it be extreme temperatures, rain or even snow. All three of these families of SSDs can come with conformal coating, thus allowing them to be protected from environmental factors such as moisture, dust, chemicals, and sunlight. To further boost system performance, customers can pair the storage solutions with the Cervoz DDR4 DRAM, or the upcoming DDR5 DRAM, that can also be equipped with conformal coating. Contact a Cervoz Sales Rep. to learn more!
Electronic Gaming Machines
Upon arriving at a casino, what most patrons will see are rows and rows of game machines. These electronic gambling machines, though easy to use, are hard to beat, which is why casinos have so many of them. Most gambling machines are slot machines, which feature a simple game of chance whereby you win if you get a certain combination of the randomly generated symbols. Essentially, this is a game of probability, especially as these machines have been computerized, so what makes it hard to win is the sheer number of combinations available. With these gaming machines digitized, the one thing that casinos cannot have is a fail in the flow of data. The excitement that players get with these machines is that they can play, seemingly with no end in sight, and every time they pull the lever, the reels will spin and stop on a symbol. Cervoz has worked with a number of customers specializing in making these machines. We generally recommend the T376 family of products: 2.5” SATA SSD and mSATA modules with a power loss protection as well as layers of data protection. Otherwise known as the Powerguard products, these Flash modules provide the extra boost of energy during a power failure to ensure that data being processed gets stored away. This mechanism is useful even in a casino where backup generators should be plentiful because in that split second between the electricity going out and the generator kicks in, data can easily be lost. The lost data presents a weird situation for both players and the casino where the odds of beating a game may change, which is why casinos try their best to avoid any data loss. In a similar way, data can be lost or manipulated by hackers. Once again, this would affect the probability of winning, which is why Cervoz's Powerguard products also come with a physical write-protect function and AES-256 bit encryption. When switched on, the write protect makes these products read-only so that no one can tamper with them. Similarly, the AES-256 bit encryption is the largest bit size encryption currently available, which makes the products virtually impenetrable by brute force. Contact a Cervoz Sales Rep. to learn more!