KIOXIA Donates Command Set Specification to Software-Enabled Flash Project

Enables Ecosystem Development of Hardware Modules for the Linux Foundation Open Source Project Focused on Maximizing Flash Memory Value for Data Centers

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 20, 2023 –  KIOXIA America, Inc. today announced that it has donated a command set specification to the Linux Foundation® vendor-neutral Software-Enabled FlashTM Project.  Built to deliver on the promise of software-defined flash, Software-Enabled Flash technology gives storage developers control over their data placement, latency outcomes, and workload isolation requirements. Through its open API and SDKs, hyperscale environments may optimize their own flash protocols, such as flexible direct placement (FDP) or zoned namespace (ZNS), while accelerating adoption of new flash technologies. This unique combination of open source software and purpose-built hardware can help data centers maximize the value of flash memory.  KIOXIA has developed working samples of hardware modules for hyperscalers, storage developers and application developers.

“We are delighted to provide command set specifications to the Software-Enabled Flash Project,”  said Eric Ries, senior vice president and general manager of the Memory and Storage Strategy Division for KIOXIA America, Inc. “This is an important step that allows the ecosystem to bring products to market, and enables customers to extract the maximum value from flash memory.”

Having previously donated an API to the Software-Enabled Flash project, this new contribution demonstates the KIOXIA commitment to advancing the state of the art by enabling developers to optimize flash memory for their exacting needs.

Hosted by the Linux Foundation and co-founded by KIOXIA, this open source, global collaboration project enables broad adoption of - and advancements to - software-defined flash to benefit the storage developer community.

According to Hilary Carter, senior vice president of research & communications for the Linux Foundation, “The Software-Enabled Flash Project will benefit from this important specification from KIOXIA, as it allows project member companies to develop their own solutions for storage developers.”

The Linux Foundation’s Software-Enabled Flash Project offers several levels of membership and participation. To learn more, please visit

The Software-Enabled Flash project will be on hand at the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)’s Storage Developer Conference (SDC) from September 18-21 to highlight Software-Enabled Flash technology.

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About KIOXIA America, Inc.

KIOXIA America, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today’s breakthrough BiCS FLASH™ 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer innovative memory, SSD and software solutions that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive, and data centers. For more information, please visit


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