Cost Effective 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD Solution for Automotive Application

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Micron’s PCIe NVMe automotive SSD offers better bandwidth, latency and reliability and it can serve storage needs of future self-driving cars

The upcoming models of cars with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) have higher data requirements, which means it also requires faster, reliable and cost-effective storage. Moreover, enhancing intelligent edge and IIOT applications using artificial intelligence also needs a faster storage. Therefore, to meet this proliferating need of the industry, Micron Technology has come up with 1TB automotive and industrial grade PCIe NVMe solid state drive (SSD).

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Micron’s 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD is in BGA packaging and 22x30mm M.2 form factors. 2100 series of NVMe SSDs based on 64-layer triple-level cell (TLC) 3D NAND technology, is especially designed for next-generation autonomous cars and the industrial internet of things (IioT).

While explaining the need of better memory solution, Ian Riches, Executive Director of Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics said that – “Strategy Analytics estimates that 1.8 million cars with Level 3 or higher autonomous driving capabilities will be sold in 2023. These cars are expected to require up to 1TB of flash storage for 3D maps, black box recording, sensor data and 4K infotainment content.” He also stated – “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.”

Key Features of Micron 2100 SSD

  • Superior performance: Up to 2000 MB/s reads and 1100 MB/s writes, >2X faster reads and >1.5X faster writes than UFS 2.1 and SATA 3 interfaces
  • Highest capacity in small form factor: Available in 64GB to 1TB densities and 16x20mm BGA and 22x30mm M.2 form factors
  • Low-power: Optimized for reduced power consumption with lower estimated energy usage vs. UFS 2.1
  • Operating temperature: -40°C to 105°C and -40°C to 95°C Tcase
  • Storage interface: PCIe x4 Gen3, NVMe 1.3 with direct boot option, bypassing the need for another storage device for boot; NVMe shows >25% and >15% improvement in system write and read speeds, respectively, over SCSI software storage stack used in UFS
  • Quality and reliability: AEC-Q100, IATF 16949-compliant
  • Automotive and industrial specific features: End-to-end data path protection, SLC partitioning support for high endurance, TCG Opal with self-encryption capability
  • Cost-effective: Based on industry-leading 64-layer TLC NAND with CMOS under array technology: AEC-Q100, IATF 16949-compliant
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Commentary 

Aravind Ramamoorthy, NAND Product Line Senior Director for Micron’s Embedded Business Unit. Commented – “The Micron 2100 SSD offers industry-leading capacity, performance, reliability and low-cost storage in a small form factor.”

“We are pleased that Micron is announcing the industry’s first automotive grade PCIe SSD based on TLC 3D NAND for next-generation IVI and ADAS systems,” said Nikolaus Bettinger, head of memory purchasing at Continental Automotive GmbH. “Micron’s automotive PCIe SSD offers the significantly higher performance, capacity and reliability needed for Continental’s next-generation autonomous driving solutions.”

“The new Micron 2100 SSD, with its extended operating temperature range, brings unprecedented storage performance and capacity for numerous industrial applications in a compact 16x20mm BGA form factor,” said Yves Desrochers, technology architect and industry relations at Kontron – An S&T Company

Availability
Micron 2100AI and 2100AT PCIe-based NVMe SSDs samples are available to automotive and industrial customers. Volume production expected in the second half of 2019.

Micron showcased its automotive and industrial grade products this year at Electronica.

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