by Brianna Crandall — November 27, 2019 — Memory and storage solutions provider Micron Technology recently unveiled what it calls the world’s highest-capacity industrial microSD card, Micron i300 1TB3 microSDXC UHS-I, designed to enable users of video surveillance systems to capture and store more than three months of high-quality video footage on device and at the edge.
Engineered to address the edge storage needs of the video surveillance market and other industrial applications, the new Micron i300 1TB microSD card is based on Micron’s advanced 96-layer 3D quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology, now making it cheaper for small- to medium-sized deployments to have primary storage in the camera compared to a centralized storage architecture.
Micron defines “edge storage” as the recording of video and storing it at the camera instead of — or in redundancy with — a centralized recording facility across the network. Micron’s edge storage solutions are designed for emerging use cases in commercial and enterprise surveillance deployments, and provide intelligence, reliability and security for locally storing large amounts of video at the network edge, giving system designers freedom and flexibility in designing and cost-optimizing large distributed surveillance systems.
Amit Gattani, senior director of Segment Marketing in Micron’s Embedded Business Unit, stated:
Micron’s i300 industrial-grade microSD cards for edge storage open the possibility for a broad range of video-surveillance-as-a-service deployments that no longer require local network video recorders. Micron’s 96-layer 3D QLC NAND is instrumental in helping us deliver 1TB of storage in a microSD form factor and at a breakthrough price point to accelerate edge storage and cloud-based service models.
Intelligence at the edge
VSaaS systems are increasingly integrating artificial intelligence-based and higher-resolution cameras that require more storage at the edge. The Micron i300 1TB microSDXC card allows 24/7 continuous capture and storage of up to 1TB of high-quality video in the camera. Users of video surveillance systems can now store large amounts of video footage on-device, opening a broader set of uses for cloud-managed solutions.
Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president at International Data Corporation (IDC), remarked:
Demand for commercial surveillance cameras continues to grow at a rapid pace. Smart cameras, artificial intelligence, machine learning and threat detection are being driven to the edge for real-time responsiveness, making Micron’s 1TB microSD card an invaluable solution for differentiation and innovation.
The VSaaS market is projected to reach $6 billion in 2022, corresponding to a growth of 22% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2017 and 2022, according to Micron. The rising adoption of VSaaS by small-to-medium businesses and enterprises is attributed to lower overhead costs achieved through ease of installation and elimination of the need for on-site network video recorders (NVRs) and digital video recorders (DVRs).
The ability to store large video footage files in the camera and at the edge reduces the demand for network bandwidth and expenditure associated with continuous cloud storage. These savings contribute to lowering the overall cost of ownership for businesses while bringing flexibility and scalability associated with cloud-based implementation models.
Raj Misra, director of Hardware Engineering at Verkada, pointed out:
The video surveillance market is quickly shifting toward hybrid cloud architectures that store video footage on-camera, allowing secure access via cloud-based software. Enterprise customers are choosing hybrid cloud offerings to reduce operational costs, simplify installation and management, and gain from powerful video analytics. Micron extending its range of reliable industrial-grade microSD cards to 1TB enables us to provide our customers with industry-leading data retention, security and video resolution options at very cost-effective price points.
Micron’s industrial-grade microSD portfolio is designed to endure the harsh environments in which surveillance systems are deployed. The Micron i300 1TB microSDXC card minimizes frame drops in a 24/7, 30 frames per second (FPS) recording environment, offering twice the reliability of hard disk drives at 2 million hours mean time to failure. The card features a smart tool for monitoring the health of devices.
Shengfu Cheng, director of Marketing and Product Development Division, VIVOTEK Inc., noted:
VIVOTEK has launched a series of edge-computing network cameras and successfully deployed Micron’s high-quality industrial-grade microSD cards. Micron’s portfolio of industrial microSD cards up to 1TB equips us to deliver greater flexibility, scalability and maintenance efficiency to our customers, all of which contribute to a better return on investment.
The Micron i300 microSDXC UHS-I card is offered in 128GB to 1TB capacities, which are available for ordering. The entire industrial-grade portfolio includes capacities ranging from 32GB to 1TB. For more information, visit the Micron website.