Micron Technology has expanded its embedded product portfolio and ecosystem partnerships to deliver powerful solutions optimized for complex memory and storage demands at the intelligent edge.
The company is sampling to customers the world’s highest-capacity microSD card, the i400, at an unprecedented density of 1.5 terabytes (TB). This card is designed for industrial-grade video security with the world’s first 176-layer 3D NAND, also pioneered by Micron.
To better provide its high-performance, ruggedized solutions to the industrial market, Micron is also adding partners to its Industrial Quotient (IQ) partner program. Additionally, the company is announcing it has received the first International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D certification of memory for its low-power double data rate 5 (LPDDR5) DRAM, which is based on its first-to-market 1α (1-alpha) process node. With next-generation advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) applications requiring increasing levels of autonomy and safety, this certification validates that Micron’s LPDDR5 meets strict functional safety standards and positions it to enable innovations that will unleash full autonomy in intelligent vehicles.
As 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) converge at the edge, the world is experiencing an explosion of devices across autonomous vehicles, video security, smart factories, energy infrastructure, robotics, industrial transport, health care and more. ABI Research estimates 25 billion connected IoT devices by 2026, 1 each generating enormous amounts of mission-critical data. This data increasingly needs to be stored, managed and analyzed at the edge — where it is created — for actionable real-time insights. Facilitating these tasks requires industrial-grade memory and storage capable of processing massive data sets in harsh conditions, from high temperatures to shock and vibrations.
“With edge devices generating critical insights for everything from public safety to vehicle autonomy to manufacturing operations, today’s smart applications cannot afford to compromise on latency or quality,” said Kris Baxter, corporate vice president and general manager of Micron’s Embedded Business Unit. “Micron’s newest high-performance, ruggedized solutions — our i400 microSD card for video security and automotive ASIL-D-qualified LPDDR5 — will unlock new value for businesses and drive the rapid innovation needed at the intelligent edge.”
These solutions generate more value for enterprises at the intelligent edge with proprietary features purpose-built for industrial applications. Unlike consumer-grade memory and storage that can malfunction in industrial environments and result in critical data loss or disrupted operations, Micron’s i400 and automotive LPDDR5 are uniquely tailored to offer the longevity and reliability needed to speed innovation and extract greater business value at the edge.
World’s first 1.5TB microSD delivers industrial storage for AI-enhanced video security
With rising demand for real-time video security, the internet protocol video security and video security-as-a-service (VSaaS) market is estimated to be worth $83 billion by 2030.2 Fleet dash cameras, smart home security, police body cameras and AI-enabled cameras in factories all need storage capable of handling media-rich data. As the world’s highest-capacity microSD card, Micron’s i400 is ideally suited for video storage at the edge and hybrid VSaaS deployments.
The substantial 1.5TB density can store up to four months or 120 days of video security media locally, enabling users to optimize what data is stored in the cloud. The high capacity eliminates the need to continuously upload data to the cloud for primary storage, a process that guzzles network bandwidth and operational expenses.3 Small businesses looking to reduce expensive bandwidth or remote sites — such as cargo ships or oil rigs with limited connectivity — can instead periodically upload data to the cloud for backup while relying day to day on i400 storage at the edge. Bringing primary storage to the edge enables real-time AI analytics and faster decision-making within smart cameras. This speed is especially crucial for critical law enforcement, public health or safety decisions.