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April 12, 2017

NGD Systems Awarded Phase II SBIR Grant from the National Science Foundation for Solid State DriveIn-Situ Processing

Irvine, California – April 12, 2017:

NGD Systems, Inc., a storage pioneer creating intelligent solid state drives (SSDs) for the data center, today announced that the company received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  This grant will support development and commercialization of NGD Systems In-Situ Processing for storage products, and is a result of a highly rigorous selection process.  With a key goal of substantially improving overall data processing performance and energy efficiency in the data center, NGD Systems In-Situ Processing will enable the next generation computational capabilities to fuel future data analytics innovation.


“With our fundamental SSD technology currently available, we are now engaged with several datacenter customers, executing In-Situ Processing proof of concepts,” said Nader Salessi, CEO and founder of NGD Systems. “The support of the NSF through this SBIR grant allows us to further accelerate the commercialization of the product’s In-Situ Processing capability, augmenting open standards and creating a seamless integration path, which is critical for the widespread adoption of computational storage.”


The NSF SBIR Phase II program enables a Big Data paradigm shift, where processing capability is pushed as close to the data as possible. The In-Situ Processing technology extends this concept to the absolute limit by putting the computational capability directly into the storage itself and eliminating the need to move data to main memory prior to processing. The technology’s innovation starts with a solid foundation of an enterprise SSD tailored for the needs of modern Data Centers. Key technology added to support these capabilities include hardware-assisted quality of service control, low-cost 3D-TLC and QLC NAND Flash enablement using advanced error correction, and a proprietary elastic Flash Translation Layer supports extremely large capacity drives. The paradigm shift will result in the ability to perform computation directly on the data with the addition of specialized In-Situ processing aided by hardware accelerators.


About the SBIR:

The NSF Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. The program increases the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses (with less than 500 employees) to undertake cutting-edge,
high-quality scientific research and development and commercialize new ideas. More information is available at


About NGD Systems, Inc.:

Based in Irvine, California, NGD Systems (formerly NxGn Data) is focused on bringing a new generation of intelligent SSD Solutions to market.  With a vision of delivering on the concept of “compute to storage” efficiently and cost effectively, the company is building a converged platform that delivers both enterprise SSD storage capabilities, and the added value of computational functionality directly on stored data. NGD Systems was founded in 2013 by a group of seasoned SSD industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined industry experience with companies including Western Digital/WD, STEC and Memtech.  The company holds 15 patents in key areas of SSD design, with 12 additional patents filed. In various roles at leading storage companies and with NGD Systems, the founders have helped drive and shape the storage industry during a period of rapid growth and expansion.

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