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Micron Industrial-Grade microSD for Video Surveillance Storage

Up to 256GB
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2017.11.10

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Micron Technology, Inc. announced a portfolio of edge storage solutions for video surveillance that will enable new deployment models and reduce TCO for both commercial and enterprise use cases.

This industrial-grade microSD products will be available in 2018 and will leverage the firm's 3D NAND technology, providing up to 256GB of density storage.

These solutions will give system designers freedom in the design and cost-optimization of large distributed surveillance systems. The company's high-density products will enable customers to store large amounts of video at the network edge, with a level of reliability that supports 24x7 video recording.

In addition, the firm announced collaborations with the Shenzhen Security and Protection Industry Association (SSPIA) and China channel partner, Jinyu Global, to speed deployment of the new Micron-based solutions regionally.

"The video surveillance industry is unique as its customers demand consistent recording performance over years of use," said Jeff Bader, VP, embedded business unit, Micron. "Edge storage improves the economics of this high-growth market and delivers value for camera OEMs, system integrators and end customers by improving video quality and increasing network reliability. Our collaborations with Jinyu and with the industry association in Shenzhen will help ensure that Micron is aligned with industry standards while expanding its storage offerings and presence in China and beyond."

Edge video - defined by the ability to store data or video content within a camera versus in a centralized recording facility across the network - is the future of IP video surveillance applications. By leveraging the company's reliable local microSD card storage, system integrators can optimize designs that factor in IP network load and capacity availability, recording redundancy and mobile access. Additionally, IHS Markit, a global business information provider, forecasts that the global market for video surveillance equipment will be worth $19.7 billion in 2020 (*).

Edge storage: Higher densities of reliable storage
Most microSD cards are designed for consumer applications, such as digital cameras and car dash cams, and are not suitable for continuous, 24x7 recording over years in harsher environments.

In contrast, the firm's industrial microSD cards are designed to meet the demands of surveillance edge storage use cases and feature:

  • Storage densities of 32, 64GB, and forthcoming ultra-high-densities of 128 and 256GB, will enable more video to be stored at the edge, giving system designers increased flexibility.

  • Over three years of quality, continuous, 24x7 video recording in a range of temperatures and environments.

  • Technology for the cards to self-monitor and provide information on card usage and expected useful life remaining for each card.

  • Special firmware designed for continuous video recording, which minimizes frame drops and video loss.

The high-density products are possible because of process technology - in this case, 64-tier 3D NAND technology produced at the company's Singapore fabs. This technical leadership is enabling the firm to introduce storage solutions for new markets, such as industrial video surveillance.

Ecosystem enablement for partner innovation
Accelerating industry momentum for the system solutions, Jinyu Global has seen early customer success. Additionally, the company is entering into a strategic collaboration with SSPIA as a technology advisor and will work jointly with the association to provide cutting-edge surveillance storage solutions to China's surveillance industry.

"We are excited to add Micron edge technology to our portfolio of surveillance storage solutions," said Charles Zhang, VP, Jinyu. "This technology will help educate system designers and solution providers to understand the value of integrating edge storage into future projects to increase reliability and lower TCO."

"Micron truly understands surveillance use cases, and launching edge storage solutions on advanced flash memory technology will change the way video is captured and stored in future surveillance deployments," said Michael Yang, VP, SSPIA. "We view our strategic technical collaboration with Micron as a way to educate and promote edge storage, and to better meet China's future needs in video surveillance."

"Customers across Europe are increasingly asking for edge storage to meet the demanding requirements of 24x7 recording," said Avnet Silica. "They are also asking for higher densities that will enable longer timespans of video surveillance footage to be retained in cameras at the edge. We look forward to discussing how Micron's 3D NAND addresses these needs at the upcoming SecTech show in Sweden."

The 32 and 64GB versions of the company's industrial microSD cards are available.

The 128 and 256GB versions are scheduled to begin general sampling in early 2018 and volume shipments in by the second quarter of 2018.

(*) Information based on IHS Markit, Technology Group, Video Surveillance Intelligence Database, August 2017.

Resources:
Innovative Edge Storage Solutions for the Video Surveillance Industry
Edge video storage systems at its facility in southern Taiwan with systems integrator Apogear
Video surveillance technologies at the upcoming SecTech Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, November 21-22

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