Why is it so important to create industrial-grade product solutions

Why is it so important to create industrial-grade product solutions

We assume a scenario where a customer needs to install a video surveillance system to capture critical video data, and they need to choose between a consumer-grade SSD and an industrial-grade SSD. The advantage of consumer-grade SSDs is that they can save a certain amount of capital costs, but customers often overlook the fact that industrial-grade SSDs are optimized to meet high temperature and demanding write environments, and have good monitoring capabilities to support mission-critical data. storage and processing.

By Taufique Ahmed, Senior Manager, Industrial Marketing, Micron

Why is it so important to create industrial-grade product solutions

We assume a scenario where a customer needs to install a video surveillance system to capture critical video data, and they need to choose between a consumer-grade SSD and an industrial-grade SSD. The advantage of consumer-grade SSDs is that they can save a certain amount of capital costs, but customers often overlook the fact that industrial-grade SSDs are optimized to meet high temperature and demanding write environments, and have good monitoring capabilities to support mission-critical data. storage and processing. If a customer opts for a consumer-grade SSD, if the drive fails or goes into read-only mode, they won’t be able to capture or store video data, and may not even notice the problem for days. Some small businesses could lose surveillance footage of stolen stores or violate HIPAA (a video surveillance system that ensures only employees have access to relevant health information).

With a similar situation in mind, Micron launched the Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner program in 2020, dedicated to providing high-quality, robust, reliable and durable products to meet a wider range of industries Application requirements. The program not only highlights the importance of industrial-grade solutions for mission-critical applications, but also solves industry pain points by ensuring that industrial products meet relevant requirements, such as application-specific optimization, product performance enhancement, reliability, quality testing, extended service life and improved safety. Meeting these specific market needs will help avoid and solve the problems encountered by the above-mentioned customers.

Why consumer SSDs are not suitable for industrial applications

For a long time in the past, the supply and demand relationship in the industrial market has been relatively stable, and some specific suppliers will provide customers with industrial-grade solutions. However, the past decade has seen a plethora of consumer-grade solutions that are unable to meet the stringent requirements of the industrial market.

Through exchanges with many customers in the industry, we have learned that in the fields of manufacturing, transportation and even healthcare, consumer-grade solutions fail frequently due to their inability to meet extreme industrial environments, resulting in loss of critical data, interruption of operations, financial losses, brand Image and reputation damage, and even bring security risks. In today’s fast-moving data economy, whether it’s medical IoT devices failing to capture necessary patient data or a train brake management system malfunctioning, just a few minutes of stagnation can have a devastating impact on property and personal safety. . With these pitfalls in mind, Micron has launched the Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program to improve enterprise awareness of memory and storage to better meet industry needs.

meet industrial needs

Through the Micron IQ Recognition Mark, we are able to demonstrate to our customers that the industrial solutions presented in the IQ program meet stringent industry standards. Through this program, Micron and its partners are committed to providing customers with the following services:

• Application-specific optimization – Extensive cooperation with global customers, in-depth understanding of application scenarios and providing products and functions that can meet specific application needs;
• Enhanced product performance – to ensure that the product can maintain stable performance in harsh environments such as extreme temperatures, thermal cycling, shock and humidity testing;
• Improve reliability – improve product durability and reliability in the design and test process to meet the needs of long-life embedded applications;
• Conduct comprehensive quality testing – through rigorous testing to ensure the necessary products and processes have stable performance in embedded and mission-critical applications;
• Extend Product Life – Extend the life of eligible products through the Product Longevity Program. This plan goes further on the basis of the standard life cycle and is suitable for long life cycle applications;
• Enhanced Security – Integrates Micron’s latest Authenta™ security technology to provide robust cybersecurity for IoT services using a silicon root of trust in flash memory.

The Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program is designed to increase product longevity and reliability, enhance the operational resiliency of mission-critical businesses, ensure data integrity, and reduce the total cost of ownership of embedded solutions.

Expanding Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partners

Micron launched the Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program and organized a group of ecosystem partners that also respect customer value, including: Advantech, Huateng Microelectronics (ATP), Greenliant , Innodisk, Kontron, Mercury Systems, Viking Technology and SMART Modular Technologies. In addition to these leading companies, embedded and edge computing module suppliers congatec and PHYTEC have also recently joined the program. The main business of congatec and PHYTEC is the design and manufacture of computer on module (CoM) and system on module (SoM), which are widely used in medical technology, industrial automation, renewable energy, aerospace and transportation.

The Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program strengthens Micron’s close relationships with ecosystem partners, ensuring that we deliver solutions that meet the stringent market requirements for product quality, longevity and reliability. This is important for industrial project implementation, as factories need equipment that can run smoothly for decades. The cooperation content of the plan includes regular sharing of product roadmaps, early access to the new product design solution platform, priority use of Micron’s latest technology samples, sharing of qualification certification and technical data, and early access to products, etc.

Christian Eder, Director of Product Marketing at congatec, said: “With the advent of the digital age, Industrial IoT applications are placing new demands on the design of embedded and edge computers. Businesses in the fields of automation, healthcare, energy, transportation and other critical infrastructure need reliable Micron’s industrial-grade memory is critical to enabling best-in-class computers on module. Joining the Micron Industrial Quotient program allows us to work more closely together to help us deliver solutions that can withstand extreme industrial environments .”

The Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program also fosters collaboration across the industrial supply chain. Today, designing an industrial solution requires coordination of the entire supply chain, because in projects such as factory automation, energy and power management, there are many players (such as consultants, contractors, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers), and different components are required. Maintaining tight coordination and ensuring hardware compatibility is important because all components need to work together seamlessly for decades, and equipment in industrial environments must have long-term reliability.

“Since PHYTEC Messtechnik GmbH was founded in 1985, we have been committed to providing our customers with robust, reliable and secure modules for extreme industrial environments,” said Bodo Huber, CEO of PHYTEC Technologies. Join the Micron Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program After that, we will use Micron’s cutting-edge technology to simultaneously develop industrial-grade solutions, which will give customers a significant competitive advantage. Early access to new products and new technologies can also help customers speed up time-to-market. In today’s era, we need Micron to be like this A strong and reliable partner to deal with component shortages and other challenges from the supply chain, reducing the negative impact on customers.”

The addition of congatec and PHYTEC enables Micron’s memory and storage solutions to be more widely used in the industrial market. This program gives customers the confidence to choose the right memory and storage solutions for their industrial designs, minimizing total cost of ownership, and ensuring long-term reliability and high quality by simplifying product lifecycle management. The key to standing out. Powered by advanced technologies and tight ecosystem collaboration, our customers can innovate with confidence, speed and flexibility to gain a head start in the transformation of the intelligent edge.

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