Western Digital Achieves ASPICE CL3 Certification to Meet Dynamic Needs of the Automotive Industry

Certification adds to decades of innovation with a full portfolio of high-quality solutions for designing the next wave of software-defined vehicles

SAN JOSE, Calif. - February 13, 2024

More than mere modes of transportation, today’s software-defined vehicles are a result of the ongoing transformation of the automobile from a product that is mainly hardware-based to a software-centric device on wheels. Premium vehicles today can have up to 150 million lines of software code, distributed among hundreds of electronic control units (ECUs), sensors, cameras, Lidar and more.

It is critical for automotive OEMs to ensure the quality and reliability of these software-intensive systems. Automotive SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination) is an industry-standard guideline for evaluating the automotive embedded software development process. This ISO/IEC 15504 standard proves the software and development capabilities of automotive suppliers and manufacturers meet OEM requirements and incorporate best practices throughout the automotive software development cycle.

With its iNAND AT EU552 UFS 3.1 embedded flash drives, Western Digital is one of the first data storage manufacturers to achieve ASPICE CL3 (level 3) for a data storage device. ASPICE CL3 moves beyond the “Managed” CL2 tier to “Established” at CL3, reflecting a level of maturity where processes are well-defined, standardized and actively managed. In order to achieve ASPICE CL3 certification, the development of the iNAND AT EU552 UFS 3.1 had to begin with ASPICE in mind from day one.

Fueling the Future of Smart, Connected Cars
This ASPICE CL3 certification adds to Western Digital’s foundation of innovation and commitment to delivering high-quality and highly reliable products for the automotive industry. With decades of expertise in the flash storage industry, Western Digital’s full portfolio of automotive-grade NAND storage products – from eMMC and UFS to upcoming BGA SSDs – meets the evolving and dynamic needs of automotive customers who are creating smarter, more feature-rich cars.

Western Digital’s full portfolio of automotive-grade iNAND products also feature 100% device capacity pre-loading before surface mount technology (SMT), which reduces complexity and costs in customers’ manufacturing flows. Across its automotive portfolio, Western Digital also meets the functional safety standard for the International Organization for Standardization ISO 26262 Adherence, complies with Automotive Electric Council AEC Q100/104, and is IATF 16949 Certified through the International Automotive Task Force, to name a few.

“This CL3 achievement reinforces our dedication to meeting and exceeding the stringent requirements of the automotive industry,” said Eric Spanneut, vice president, Client and Enterprise SSDs, Flash Business Unit at Western Digital. “Our strong presence in the market and our growing portfolio is a testament to our innovation and commitment to providing solutions that help redefine the future of automobiles. As a trusted partner, we’re dedicated to meeting the highest level of quality, safety, and efficiency for automotive customers worldwide.”

About Western Digital
Western Digital is on a mission to unlock the potential of data by harnessing the possibility to use it. With Flash and HDD franchises, underpinned by advancements in memory technologies, we create breakthrough innovations and powerful data storage solutions that enable the world to actualize its aspirations. Core to our values, we recognize the urgency to combat climate change and have committed to ambitious carbon reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. Learn more about Western Digital and the Western Digital®, SanDisk® and WD® brands at www.westerndigital.com.

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