Micron accelerates edge storage

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Micron Technology, Inc. is releasing a full portfolio of edge storage solutions for video surveillance that will enable new deployment models and reduce total cost of ownership for both commercial and enterprise use cases. The new industrial-grade micro SD products will be available in 2018 and will leverage Micron's 3D NAND technology, providing up to 256Gb of ultra-high-density storage.

At the recent CPSE 2017 event, Micron announced collaborations with the Shenzhen Security and Protection Industry Association (SSPIA) and Chinese 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, vice president of the Embedded Business Unit at Micron. "Edge storage improves the economics of this high-growth markets 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 as opposed to a centralised recording facility across the network — is considered by some to be the future of IP video surveillance applications. By leveraging Micron's highly reliable local micro SD card storage, system integrators can optimise 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.

Micron's new solutions give system designers what they say is "unprecedented freedom" in the design of large distributed video surveillance systems. This architectural approach enables large amounts of video to be stored at the network edge, with a unique level of reliability for 24x7 video recording.

The new Micron industrial microSD cards are designed specifically to meet the demands of surveillance edge storage use cases. The ultra-high-density products are possible because of leading-edge process technology — in this case, 64-tier 3D NAND technology produced at Micron's Singapore labs. This technical leadership is enabling Micron to introduce innovative storage solutions for new markets, such as industrial video surveillance.

"We are excited to add Micron edge technology to our portfolio of surveillance storage solutions," said Charles Zhang, vice president for 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, vice president for 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."

Micron will showcase the industrial Micro SD card and discuss its video surveillance technologies at the upcoming Sectech in Stockholm, Sweden, November 21-22. The 32GB and 64GB versions of the Micron industrial micro SD cards are available now; and the 128GB and 256GB versions are scheduled to begin general sampling in early 2018 and volume shipments by the second quarter of 2018.


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