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Radian wins Flash Memory Summit's Most Innovative Technology award - SSD Firmware
[August 14, 2019]

Radian wins Flash Memory Summit's Most Innovative Technology award - SSD Firmware

CALABASAS, Calif., Aug. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) conference held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Radian Memory Systems, Inc. won the show's Most Innovative Technology award in the category of SSD Firmware for its implementation targeting compliance with the forthcoming Zoned Namespaces (ZNS) specification.

Most Innovative Technology Award - SSD Firmware. Radian Memory Systems, Inc. implementation for Zoned Namespaces (ZNS) at Flash Memory Summit 2019.

The firmware technology, available on Radian's NVMe 2.5" U.2 RMS-350 SSD and RMS-325 HHHL edge card SSD, was chosen for this distinguished award based upon Radian's unique functionality that addresses the challenges of utilizing Software-Defined Flash devices in data center applications.

These same capabilities can be found in the original Radian Symphonic™ CFM technology that the Radian Zoned Namespaces implementation is based upon, and that won this same Most Innovative Technology award at FMS four years ago, in 2015.  This functionality ranges from configurable zones and isolated regions, to Idealized Flash and Relaxed Write Pointers, Decoupled Wear Leveling and NAND Maintenance, to Delegated Copy Move and several other specialized features.

Radian introduced the industry to the concept of Zoned Flash SSDs in 2015 with a presentation atthe SNIA annual Storage Developer's Conference (SDC), and shipped first evaluation units of its Zoned Flash drives to OEM customers in January 2018.  "Storage technology is advancing to new innovation with the new standard of Zoned Namespaces (ZNS) to improve the performance of SSDs and address a new architecture that diminishes the need for over-provisioning, decreases write amplification and reduces latency," said Jay Kramer, Chairman of the Awards Program and President of Network Storage Advisors Inc.

Radian has pioneered Cooperative Flash Management (CFM), and the company's Zoned Namespaces implementation follows the same host/device model as earlier Symphonic SSDs.  This enables the host to control data placement while the SSD abstracts lower level media management, including geometry and vendor-specific NAND attributes ('Idealized Flash').  Flash management processes such as garbage collection, wear leveling, and NAND maintenance are executed by the device, under cooperative host control, and hence performed deterministically.

While FMS has many Best of Show awards, the Most Innovative Technology, SSD Firmware award is one of the conference's most prestigious categories.  According to show organizers, a record number of award submissions were received this year making the judging especially challenging and each of the categories extremely competitive.  Mike Jadon, CEO of Radian Memory Systems, said "We're honored that our technology has been recognized by the industry here again in 2019.  It's a great testament to our team and reflects how the industry is driving to deploy Flash storage more efficiently."

About Radian Memory Systems

Radian Memory Systems, Inc. develops technology and products that target system OEMs, cloud providers, and licensing to device manufacturers.  Founded in 2010, thousands of the company's NVMe storage devices have been successfully deployed in data center applications.  To learn more about Radian Memory Systems contact the company at (U.S.) 818 222 4080,, or visit

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