jeanmarc78 posted his PID based thermostat built using the Flash Destroyer module in the forum: After trying a few commercial thermostats for my central heating (hot water), i was not really satisfied. They don’t provide a smooth regulation. Then i decided to build my own one reusing my flash destroyer hardware board.
Flash Destroyer kits are being assembled and should ship shortly. This is Seeed’s test-build of the kits, everything looks good. The Flash Destroyer kit is available for $30, including worldwide shipping.
IPenguin got a free Flash Destroyer PCB on Free PCB Sunday. He used sockets with the 7-segement displays so different colors can be swapped in later. There’s a build log with lots of photos in the forum. On May 30, 2010, I saw the Free PCB Sunday: Flash_Destroyer blog pop up and posted a comment… […]
11,494,069 is the final write-verify cycle count for the Flash Destroyer. Since the flash destruction ended on Tuesday, we’ve been playing with the EEPROM to understand how the failure behaves. We found a ticking data time bomb. Broken bits can linger at a recently written value for seconds before corrupting. Certain writes initially appear successful, which […]
Some time between 8:00 and 9:00 UTC the Flash Destroyer reached 11.49 million write cycles and detected a verify error. The final count is 11,494,06X, the last digit is X because we won’t know what it is until we read it from the PIC over USB. The destruction started at 8:11 UTC on May 25, […]
We go through a lot of prototype PCBs, and end up with lots of extras that we’ll never use. Every Sunday we give away a few PCBs from one of our past or future projects, or a related prototype. PCBs are made through Seeed Studio’s Fusion board service. This week we’re giving away two Flash […]
The Flash Destroyer was offline briefly for a firmware update (live stream here). In anticipation of rolling over to 10 million write-verify cycles, we’ve added a decimal point that shows the millions place. When it hits 10 million the least significant digit (the 1s) will be dropped, and the decimal point will move one to […]
James managed to catch a screenshot of the Flash Destroyer as it hit 6,000,000, thanks James! The EEPROM is specified for 1 million writes at the voltage and temperature extremes listed in the datasheet. Running at room temperature, this chip might surpass 10 million write cycles. Or not. Stay tuned and find out. Submit your […]
Some time in the last few hours the Flash Destroyer passed 2 million write-verify cycles. jnd points to Microchip application notes 01019A [PDF!] and 00537 [PDF!] that explain the EEPROM endurance characterization process. The higher the temperature, the worse the endurance will be. Generally, and approximately, a device which fails at 10 million cycles at […]
The Flash Destroyer, our new EEPROM tester, is going to reach the first million write cycles in the next few hours (see a live stream here). Can you guess what the final write count will be when the EEPROM dies? We’ll give a couple unpublished Dangerous Prototypes PCBs to the three closest guesses. You can […]
The most recent documentation is now on the wiki EEPROMs, such as flash memory, store data in electronic devices like cell phones, smart cards, SD cards, and solid-state drives. This type of memory can only endure a limited number of writes, it will eventually wear out and it won’t store new data. The Flash Destroyer […]