World’s first 1.5TB industrial microSD card

World’s first 1.5TB industrial microSD card

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By Nick Flaherty

Micron Technology is sampling the world’s first 1.5TByte microSD card for embedded video and AI applications at the Embedded World show in Germany this week. It has also added two German suppliers to its partner programme.

The i400 industrial microSD card is designed for industrial-grade video security with the world’s first 176-layer 3D NAND memory.

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, each generating enormous amounts of mission-critical data.

This data increasingly needs to be stored, managed and analyzed at the edge and this requires industrial-grade memory and storage capable of processing massive data sets in harsh conditions, from high temperatures to shock and vibrations.

The IP video security and video security-as-a-service (VSaaS) market is estimated to be worth $83 billion by 2030. Fleet dash cameras, smart home security, police body cameras and AI-enabled cameras in factories all need storage capable of handling media-rich data, hence the move to 1.5Tbyte capacity which 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. 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.

Unlike consumer-grade memory and storage that can malfunction in industrial environments and result in critical data loss or disrupted operations, the i400 provides a long product life time and reliability for industrial applications.

The card can concurrently handle 4K video recording and up to eight AI events per second, such as object detection and classification like license plate or facial recognition, and has a mean time to failure MTBF of 2m hours.

“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 will unlock new value for businesses and drive the rapid innovation needed at the intelligent edge.”

Micron is also adding German embedded hardware providers congatec and PHYTEC to its IQ partner program. The IQ program fosters close collaboration with partners for industrial equipment with longevity, ruggedization and reliability for industrial implementations, such as factories, that need equipment to run smoothly for decades.

Congatec and PHYTEC design and manufacture computer-on-modules and system-on-modules, respectively, used in medical technology, industrial automation, renewable energy, aerospace, transportation and other industries. The addition of these two companies make Micron’s memory and storage solutions more broadly accessible to the industrial market and better serve the burgeoning European Industry 4.0 market.

Micron is sampling the i400 1.5Tbyte industrial microSD card to customers, including Verkada, a cloud-managed enterprise building-security provider.

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