Let’s assume a scenario where a customer needs to install a video surveillance system to capture critical video data and needs to choose between a consumer SSD and an industrial SSD. The benefit of consumer SSDs is that they can save some money. Still, customers often overlook that industrial-grade SSDs are optimized for demanding, high-temperature write environments and have good monitoring capabilities to support mission-critical data storage and processing. If customers choose a consumer SSD, they won’t be able to capture or store video data if the drive fails or goes into read-only mode, and it can be days before they notice the problem. Access to relevant health information).
With similar considerations, in 2020 Micron launched the Industrial Quotient (IQ) partner program to provide high-quality, rugged, reliable, and durable products that meet the needs of a broader range of industrial applications. In addition to emphasizing the importance of industrial-grade solutions for mission-critical applications, the program also addresses industry vulnerabilities by ensuring industrial products meet requirements such as application-specific optimization, improved product performance, higher reliability, quality testing, longer life, and higher security. Meeting these specific market needs will help avoid and solve the above problems faced by customers.
Why consumer SSDs are not suitable for industrial applications?
Historically, the industrial market has long been relatively stable in terms of supply and demand, with a select few suppliers offering industrial-grade solutions to their customers. However, the last decade has seen an influx of consumers. Quality solutions that cannot meet the demanding needs of the industrial market. From discussions with several industrial customers, we have learned that in manufacturing, transportation, and even healthcare, consumer-grade solutions often fail because they cannot withstand extreme industrial environments, resulting in loss of critical data, business interruption, financial loss, and damage to image and people Brand reputation to security risks. If a train’s brake management system fails, just a few minutes of downtime can have extremely serious effects on the safety of property and people. In recognition of these challenges, Micron created the Industrial Quotient (IQ) partner program to increase business awareness of memory and storage and better meet the needs of the industry.
Meeting industrial needs
The Micron IQ Seal of Approval allows us to demonstrate to our customers that the industry solutions proposed in the IQ program meet rigorous industry standards. Through this program, Micron and its partners commit to providing the following services to customers.
- Application Specific Optimization: Extensive collaboration with customers around the world to understand application scenarios and provide products and features that meet application-specific needs.
- Enhanced Product Performance: Ensures stable performance even in harsh environments such as extreme temperatures, temperature cycling, shock, and humidity testing.
- Improved Reliability: Improve product durability and reliability in the design and testing process to meet the needs of long-term-cycle embedded applications.
- Conduct Comprehensive Quality Testing: Through rigorous testing to ensure required products and processes work in mission-critical and embedded applications.
- Extend Product Shelf Life: Extend the shelf life of qualifying products through the Product Lifetime Program. This program is based on the standard lifecycle for long-term applications.
- Enhanced Security: Integrates Micron’s latest Authenta™ security technology, which uses a silicon root of trust in flash memory to provide strong cybersecurity for IoT services.
The Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program aims to improve product longevity and reliability and improve operational security of critical businesses, ensure data integrity and reduce the total cost of ownership of integrated solutions.
Expanding Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partners
Micron launched the Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program and assembled a group of ecosystem partners who also respect customer value, including Advantech, ATP, Greenliant, Innodisk, Kontron, Mercury Systems, Viking Technology, and SMART Modular Technologies. Mercury Systems, Viking Technology, and SMART Modular Technologies. In addition to these leading companies, the providers of edge and embedded computing modules, congatec and PHYTEC, have also recently joined the program. The core businesses of congatec and PHYTEC are the design and manufacture of modular computers (CoM) and modular systems (SoM) for a wide range of applications in medical technology, industrial automation, renewable energies, aerospace, and transportation. Among other things.
The Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program strengthens Micron’s close relationship with our ecosystem partners and ensures we offer solutions that meet stringent market requirements for product quality, durability, and reliability. This is important for the implementation of industrial projects since factories need equipment that will function smoothly for decades. Collaboration under the program includes regular sharing of product roadmaps, early access to new platforms for ‘s product design solutions, priority access to samples of the latest Micron technologies, sharing of skills and technical data, and early access to products.
The Industrial Quotient (IQ) Partner Program strengthens Micron’s close relationship with our ecosystem partners and ensures that the solutions we implement meet stringent market requirements for product quality, durability, and reliability. This is important for the implementation of industrial projects since factories need equipment that will function smoothly for decades. Collaboration under the program includes regular sharing of product roadmaps, early access to new platforms for ‘s product design solutions, priority access to samples of the latest Micron technologies, sharing of skills and technical data, and early access to products.
With the advent of the digital age, industrial IoT applications place new demands on the design of embedded and edge computers,” said Christian Eder, Director of Product Marketing at congatec. Automation, Healthcare, Energy Companies, Transportation, and other Critical infrastructure industries require robust cores with high reliability, and Micron’s industrial-grade memory is critical to the development of world-class modular computers. Joining Micron’s Industrial Quotient Program allows us to work harder to help us deliver solutions that withstand extreme industrial environments.
The Industrial Quotient (IQ) partner program also facilitates collaboration throughout the industrial supply chain. Today, developing an industrial solution requires coordination across the entire supply chain, as projects such as factory automation, power, and energy management involve many stakeholders (such as consultants, contractors, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers) implementing durable devices as well as using different components. Industrial environments need to be reliable over the long term.
Since PHYTEC Mess Technik GmbH was founded in 1985, we have been committed to offering our customers robust, reliable, and safe modules for extreme industrial environments,” said Bodo Huber, CEO of PHYTEC Technologies. Joining the Industrial Quotient (IQ) Through Micron’s partner program, we will leverage Micron’s cutting-edge technology to co-develop industrial-grade solutions that give our customers a significant competitive advantage. Early access to new products and technologies will also help our customers advance in the era We need strong, reliable partners like Micron to address component shortages and other supply chain challenges and reduce the negative impact on our customers.
The addition of congatec and PHYTEC enables wider application of Micron’s memory and data storage solutions to the industrial market. With this program, customers can confidently select the right memory and data storage solution for their industrial designs and minimize the total cost of ownership. Ensuring long-term reliability and high quality through simplified product life cycle management sets us apart. Powered by a combination of advanced technology and close collaboration with the ecosystem, our customers can innovate with confidence, speed, and flexibility to capitalize on changes at the smart edge.