First 1.5TB microSD Card Will Destroy Your Budget

A view of Micron's new i400 1.5TB microSD card.

While as inevitable as death and taxes, Micron revealed yesterday that its new industrial i400 microSD will come in capacities ranging from 256GB to 1TB, and for the first time ever a never-before-seen option of 1.5 TB that will undoubtedly terribly expensive

Officially announced on the Embedded World 2022 Conference Currently taking place in Nuremberg, Germany, Micron’s new i400 microSD line is manufactured using the company’s 176-layer 3D NAND process with a focus on performance and endurance, and is primarily positioned as a storage device for video security devices such as dash cameras in large fleets, police cameras and even home security solutions.

Micron says the 1.5TB microSD card can store up to 120 full days of footage—a completely arbitrary number with no specs on resolution, frame rate, and compression level—and is more than fast enough to handle 4K video recording. as well as “up to eight AI events per second, such as object detection and classification such as license plate or facial recognition.” The microSD card also has an average time to failure of two million hours — or about 228 years — so there’s a good chance the device it’s being used in will fail long before the card does.

There are no details on when the i400 1.5TB microSD card will go on sale, and no pricing information is available yet. When SanDisk launched the first 1TB microSD card in 2019, it sold for $450. But given the ongoing supply chain issues around the world and the scarcity of electronic components, plus the fact that Micron is positioning this card for industrial use, chances are the 1.5TB microSD will be even more expensive than that. So while it may seem like a great storage solution for the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck, do you really want to pay more for the small card you stick in your handheld game console than for the console itself?

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