NGD Systems Delivers Industry’s First Scalable NVMe Computational Storage Platform

Mar 07 2019

NGD Systems

IRVINE, Calif., March 7, 2019 — NGD Systems, Inc., a leader in computational storage, has announced the general availability of the 16TB U.2 NVMe SSD, the first of the Newport Platform of products for broad deployment of computational storage devices. The Newport Platform offers the highest capacity NVMe SSDs and leverages In-Situ processing to eliminate the need for data movement to main memory prior to processing, removing a major bottleneck that’s never previously been addressed. The Newport Platform makes it possible to implement intelligent edge and hyperscale environments with much greater efficiency and lower cost, providing customers a significant TCO benefit.

“The Newport Platform is the result of years of customer engagement, feedback, and market research. Having developed Computational Storage IP and multiple previous products that address the biggest storage pain points in the intelligent edge and hyperscale environments. The Newport Platform delivers innovation by bringing NVMe-based computational storage into the mainstream, and for the first time making it truly scalable,” said Nader Salessi, CEO and co-Founder of NGD Systems. “We offer the industry’s highest capacity NVMe, smallest footprint, and the most power-efficient NVMe SSDs on the market. This makes it possible to perform In-Situ processing within the storage device itself without having to trade power, space or cost to do so.”

Intelligent edge computing applications have gained major momentum recently, while hyperscale system growth has accelerated. Each offers tremendous possibilities that can transform technology. However, both rely on fundamentally old computing architectures in which all data needs to be moved between and within servers’ memory and CPU before it’s processed. This data movement causes latency, consumes power and makes it harder to scale as datasets reach petabyte size, resulting in major bottlenecks for intelligent edge and hyperscale markets which prioritize response time, results and scalability. Organizations first tried to mitigate this problem by adding technology like NVMe-oF, composable architectures, and GPU and FPGA acceleration solutions, but these approaches increase cost, power consumption and size while they don’t address the fundamental issue of moving data before processing.

The industry’s most advanced NVMe storage solution, Newport is the first ASIC-based computational storage platform in the world. In addition, the product is also the industry’s first SSD Controller ASIC to be released on a 14nm process technology. The Newport platform has up to 16 flash channels and delivers NVMe 1.3 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 optimized storage performance in a variety of form factors. Today the first product is being released, the U.2, with additional form factors coming soon. Unlike other SSD storage products, the Newport Platform products do not suffer performance loss due to power throttling.

Product details include:

  • Form Factors: U.2 15mm
  • Max Raw Capacity: 16TB
  • Max Active Power: 12W
  • Interface/Protocol: PCIe Gen3 x 4; NVMe 1.3

“Modern networks, such as hyperscale and intelligent edge environments, face their biggest challenges in trying to scale,” said Don Jeanette, Vice President, Storage Research at TrendFocus. “NGD Systems’ Newport Platform solves that scalability challenge by introducing new efficiencies to these systems, which delivers a groundbreaking approach by creating computational storage NVMe SSDs. By eliminating the need to move data before processing, the Newport Platform drastically reduces latency and system level power consumption.”

As a third-generation design, the Newport Platform offering builds upon the success of NGD Systems’ Catalina-2 and Catalina-1 families of computational storage devices. Customers deploying Catalina-2 will be able to seamlessly transition to the new platform, as applications developed for Catalina-2 are fully compatible with the Newport Platform.


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