Micron Technology, an industry leader in innovative memory and storage solution, launched the industry’s first 1 TB automotive and industrial grade PCIe NVMe solid state drive (SSD) at Electronica 2018. The NVMe SSDs are designed for next-generation autonomous cars and the industrial internet of things (IIoT). The new Micron 2100 series is based on 64-layer triple-level cell (TLC) 3D NAND technology.
The vehicles are transforming into moving data centers as the data requirements in connected cars with in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) increase. Additionally, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in IIoT applications is increasing the need for faster storage that is not supported by legacy interfaces like e.MMC and SATA.
Salient features of Micron2100 SSD
• Superior performance: Up to 2000 MB/s or 2 times faster reads and 1100 MB/s or 1.5 times quicker writes as compared to UFS 2.1 and SATA 3 interface1
• Highest capacity in small form factor: It is available in 64GB to 1TB densities and 16x20mm BGA and 22x30mm M.2 form factors.
• Operating temperature: -40 degrees to 95 degrees Tcase and -40 degrees to 105 degrees
• Low power requirement: Developed and optimized for less power consumption with low energy usage vs. UFS 2.13
• Quality and reliability: IATF16949 and AEC-Q100 compliant
• Industrial specific features: TGC Opal with self-encryption capability, end-to-end data path protection, and SLC partitioning support.
•Cost Effective: It is based on 64-layer TLC NAND with CMOS under array technology.
Ian Riches, executive director of global automotive practice at Strategy Analytics, said, “Strategy Analytics estimates that 1.8 million cars with Level 3 or higher autonomous driving capabilities will be sold in 2023.” Further, he added, "The introduction of Micron's PCIe NVMe automotive SSD is a much-needed development toward overcoming the bandwidth, latency and capacity challenges of ADAS and is well-suited to service the storage needs of future self-driving cars."