emFile: new feature enables use of large NAND flashes for microcontrollers
Block grouping means that the driver treats multiple blocks as a single block to considerably reduce the memory used for administrating the NAND flash memory. When using external NAND memory with microcontrollers, RAM limitation is usually the bottleneck. NAND flash, however, is still the fastest and most cost-efficient way to store large data.
The size of a block group is scalable according to the users’ requirements. For example, an 8 GB NAND flash, with 4096 blocks, would normally require 8 Kbyte RAM – block grouping can bring down RAM consumption to less than 1 Kbyte. Critically, block grouping does not affect processing speed.
The new feature further improves the preeminent efficiency of emFile’s NAND driver. The driver has outstanding read and write performance: almost 6 Mbytes/s for reading and 3.8 Mbytes/s for writing. Furthermore, it is fail safe, which means the file system remains intact even in cases of unexpected resets.
By adding the journaling feature, this safety can be extended to the data residing in the file system. Block grouping is a built-in feature of emFile with the latest release.
More information on emFile NAND Flash driver is available at:
SEGGER’s emFile is a highly efficient file system optimized for resource usage and performance. Two versions are available, one for FAT-file systems and another for EFS, a proprietary file system which allows the use of long file names without royalties. emFile’s driver level is fail-safe by design, removing the risk of corrupted data. To add fail-safety to the upper file-system, a highly efficient journaling option is available for both EFS and FAT. All popular flash media are supported by emFile. Removable media such as SD-Cards, MMC, and CompactFlash are supported, as well as, internal flash memories like NOR, NAND, and data flashes. The drivers for the internal flash memories include sophisticated wear leveling algorithms. The wear leveling also takes into account that files may be modified at different frequencies. Full product specifications are available at: www.segger.com/emFile.html