January 16th 2023

Micron Releases World’s First 1.5TB microSD Card and Automotive Functional Safety Certified Memory

Micron Technology has announced the extension of its embedded product line as well as collaboration with its partners. The firm is also giving clients samples of the i400, the largest capacity microSD card in the world, which has an unprecedented density of 1.5TB. The card, a first for Micron, includes the first 176-layer 3D NAND in the world and is intended for industrial-grade video security.

Micron is expanding its Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program to include new partners in an effort to better serve the industrial market with its high-performance, robust solutions.  Additionally, Micron announced that 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 1-alpha process node.

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The world’s first 1.5TB microSD i400

The i400 offers industrial storage for AI-enhanced video applications such as corporate fleet dash cameras, smart home security, police body cameras, and AI-enabled cameras in factories. All of these applications need storage that can handle rich media data. The Micron i400 is the largest capacity microSD card in the market, making it perfect for video storage at the edge and hybrid VSaaS deployments.

world’s first 1.5TB microSD i400

Users may optimize data stored in the cloud thanks to the enormous 1.5TB density, which can locally store 120 days or 4 months’ worth of video-safe media. Small enterprises and remote locations with low bandwidth requirements, such as cargo ships and oil rigs, can frequently upload data to the cloud for backup while depending on i400 storage at the edge for day-to-day operations. Smart cameras are able to do real-time AI analytics and make decisions more quickly by moving primary storage to the edge. For crucial law enforcement, public health, or safety judgments, this speed is particularly important.

The i400 is built for video security environments, in contrast to the majority of consumer-grade cards on the market, and has capabilities like:

– Five years of excellent ongoing 24/7 recording

– Able to simultaneously process 4K video recordings and up to 8 AI events per second, such as object identification and categorization like license plates or facial recognition

– 2,000,000 hours Mean Time to Fail

Micron is sampling the i400 to customers, including Verkada, a cloud-managed enterprise building-security provider. Verkada protects over 12,000 organizations, including 43 of the Fortune 500, with its intelligent cameras and recently donated cameras to Asian American-owned businesses seeking enhanced safety to address the spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, which have risen by 339% in the U.S. last year.

Micron receives world’s first LPDDR5 ISO 26262 ASIL-D certification

With over 100 million lines of code and hundreds of megabytes of operations per second, ADAS-enabled automobiles may now challenge data center computing. The market for factory-installed car memory will increase from $3.3 billion last year to about $15 billion in 2026. To dependably support safety-critical applications like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot recognition, trusted high-performance memory is necessary. Additionally, it is essential for enabling ADAS technologies that supports autonomous shared mobility, automated valet parking, 4D digital imaging radar and hand-free experience. This will pave the way for fully Level 5 autonomous driving.

In order to satisfy these demands, Micron’s automotive LPDDR5 memory has been granted the esteemed exida certification and has attained the most exacting safety integrity level ASIL D stipulated by ISO 26262. Because of LPDDR5’s high performance, high power, and low latency, it can accommodate the rising bandwidth needs of future automotive systems. The performance highlights of Micron’s LPDDR5, which is now being mass produced in densities of 48GB and 96GB, are as follows:

– To enable the vehicle to react and respond intelligently, proprietary on-chip safety features have the capacity to identify and notify the system of random and systematic hardware failures.

– Data access speed is increased by 50%, enabling near-instantaneous decision-making from multiple sensors and inputs in smart vehicles, such as radar, lidar, high-resolution imaging, 5G networks, and optical image recognition.

– Power efficiency is improved by more than 30%, minimizing the power consumption of electric and conventional vehicles, allowing for greener, longer-distance transportation and lower emissions.

These certifications follow Micron’s 2021 milestone of sampling the industry’s first LPDDR5 hardware-evaluated to meet ASIL-D suitability requirements and of establishing an office of functional safety. The office is dedicated to collaborating with customers on the memory requirements of designing safe automotive systems through Micron labs in Munich, Detroit, Shanghai, Tokyo and beyond.

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