Fixstars announces the release of Expansion Microscopy Studio including the world’s fastest deconvolution software

November 13th, 2018 — Cambridge, MA, USA — Fixstars Solutions Inc., a global leader in providing multi-core CPU/GPU/FPGA acceleration technology, announced today that it has released a software package for the Expansion Microscopy project which will be called “Expansion Microscopy Studio (ExM Studio)”. The software is free to use and is now available on their website: Fixstars will be accepting orders for “ExM ready” workstations/servers which will come preconfigured with ExM Studio — also available on their website.

Expansion microscopy (ExM) is a method invented by Professor Ed Boyden (MIT) for improving the resolution of light microscopy by physically expanding biological samples. It allows investigators to identify small structures in 3-D and with a nano-scale resolution by expanding them with a polymer system [1]. In ExM, first a specimen is enlarged, then images are captured many times to cover the entire specimen with a small FOV of a microscope. As a result, you need to integrate and stitch a large number of high-resolution image files in order to get a full 3D picture. The selection of proper applications/tools to realize this is not an easy task. Moreover, the processing time from beginning to end can take several dozen hours.

Fixstars has developed a GPU/SSD accelerated image processing software for ExM over the past two years. The goal of “ExM Studio” is to provide an easy to use, high-performance tool to process a large number of image data for a life science researcher. The first version of ExM Studio has the world fastest deconvolution software that is an essential tool — not only for ExM — but also for general light-sheet microscopy. Fixstars accelerated the deconvolution process by utilizing NVIDIA GPUs and was able to achieve a speed of 54 times faster than other well-known software [2].

This is an initial release of ExM Studio. Fixstars plans to release a second version that has more features early next year. We will keep supporting life science researchers to explore the inside of cells and all other of life’s building blocks.

Technical Reference:
1. Fei Chen, Paul W. Tillberg, and Edward S. Boyden (2015), “Expansion microscopy”, Science. 347 (6221): 543–548.
2. Fixstars internal evaluation result. Visit for more detail.

About Fixstars Solutions, Inc.
Fixstars is devoted to “Speed up your Business”.
Combining our expertise in multi-core processor programming and the use of next-generation memory technology, we provide the best performance solutions, as well as power savings to accelerate customers’ businesses in various fields.

End-of-Life Announcement for Fixstars SSD products

Dear Customer,

Effective immediately, Fixstars Solutions Inc. is announcing the discontinuation of the manufacturing and the End of Life (EoL) of the following products:

  • Fixstars SSD-13000M
  • Fixstars SSD-10000M
  • Fixstars SSD-6000M
  • Fixstars SSD-3000M
  • Fixstars SSD-1000M
  • IRIS-2000

The last day to order all affected products is: December 31, 2017

Current customers of affected products will continue to receive technical support from Fixstars Solutions, Inc., based on the FIXSTARS SSD Limited Warranty.

For more information, please contact:


Fixstars and D-Wave Announce Quantum Computing Collaboration

June 26, 2017 — Tokyo, Japan — D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems and software, and Fixstars Corporation of Japan today announced a collaboration to advance the growth of quantum computing. Fixstars is a leader in providing CPU/GPU/FPGA acceleration technologies, using its software parallelization and optimization expertise. Fixstars is now launching a professional service to help organizations realize the benefits and advantages of D-Wave quantum computers.

“Recent successful developments in practical applications of D-Wave’s quantum annealing system have created strong interest in quantum computing,” said Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimori of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, who first proposed the idea of quantum annealing as implemented in the D-Wave system. “The quantum annealing system was developed based on what was a totally new principle, and it has the potential to accelerate solutions to combinatorial optimization problems and sampling in a wide range of problems such as traffic optimization, portfolio optimization, and machine learning for artificial intelligence. Fixstars has been one of the key players in the application of accelerators, and I hope that their expertise and services will help extract the best possible value out of quantum anneal devices.”

“Many of the companies and research institutions who are investigating the use of quantum annealing systems consult with me,” said Shu Tanaka, associate professor of Waseda Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University, and PRESTO researcher at JST. Prof. Tanaka studies quantum annealing and quantum information theory, and often initiates joint efforts between businesses and universities. “In addition to quantum annealing hardware and system expertise, software, algorithms, and professional services optimized for different industries are essential for further advances. I expect Fixstars, the expert in software development for various processors and industries, to expand the opportunities for quantum computing with D-Wave.”

“I am pleased that Fixstars and D-Wave have announced a collaboration for quantum computing. Fixstars has a history of acceleration technologies through its software expertise in architecture-optimization and parallelization. We will advance our mission, “Speed up your Business” one step further with quantum annealing systems, which can provide faster solutions to important problems in different fields.” said Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars.

“Continuing to make progress in the application of quantum computing to real world customer problems requires strong collaborations with experts and industry leaders around the globe,” said Robert “Bo” Ewald, president of D-Wave International. “With the support of experts like Prof. Nishimori and Asst. Prof Tanaka, we can join forces with leading companies like Fixstars to deliver faster and better solutions to organizations around the world.”

About D-Wave Systems Inc.

D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software, and the world’s only commercial supplier of quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing for the world. We believe that quantum computing will enable solutions to the most challenging national defense, scientific, technical, and commercial problems. D-Wave’s systems are being used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Google, NASA Ames, USRA, USC, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, DFJ, In-Q-Tel, BDC Capital, Growthworks, 180 Degree Capital Corp., International Investment and Underwriting, and Kensington Partners Limited. For more information, visit:





About Fixstars Corporation

Fixstars is a software company devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars provides “Green IT,” while accelerating customers’ business in various fields. For more information, visit:





Fixstars at IEEE Intelligent Vehicles

June 10, 2017 — Irvine, CA — Fixstars Solutions Inc. will be demonstrating its low power in-vehicle compute and storage system this weekend in Redondo Beach, CA during the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium workshops on June 11th.

Utilizing its revolutionary micro-computing platform that has found a home as an edge device for IoT devices and other connected sensors. The Olive system’s small form factor (128mm x 124mm x 55mm), twin Xilinx Zynq FPGAs, up to 6TB of storage capacity, and a multitude of input/output capabilities make it an ideal device for on-board computing and storage.

This demo will showcase the real time data collection using Polysync Core as a communication layer, and display of high resolution sensor data required for the new era of intelligent vehicles.

Fixstars Olive demonstration will be located in the DENSO demo booth as a collaborator along side DENSO’s other intelligent vehicle innovations. Do not miss your chance to preview our brand new system with our state-of-the-art technology.

The demo booth will be located in the Catalina room of the Crowne Plaza Hotel as part of the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium in Redondo Beach, California.

Please refer to technical detail about this demo.

Fixstars Solutions, Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency


Fixstars Solutions, Inc. demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.

Microsoft Gold Partner Logo

Irvine, CA, USA — March 21, 2017 — Fixstars Solutions, Inc., a global leader in providing multi-core CPU/GPU/FPGA acceleration technology, today announced it has attained a Gold Cloud Platform competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world and distinguishing itself within Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, meet a performance (revenue and or consumption/usage) commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

Based on multi-core acceleration technology, Fixstars Cloud Solutions has proven to contribute to not only improved performance and reduced processing time, but has also provided a reduction in the amount of money spent on cloud services. Last year, we moved our service one step further, and announced “Cloud Cost Saving Services”. In this service, we will evaluate and optimize a client’s application free of charge until we can demonstrate a cost reduction in their cloud services. If there are no cost savings, Fixstars will not charge any service fees. In a successful case, we optimized a cloud application in the life science industry and achieved a cost reduction of almost 90%.

 “This Microsoft gold Cloud Platform competency showcases our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft’s products and services,” said Akihiro Asahara, CEO of Fixstars Solutions, Inc. “We plan to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated a deep expertise and commitment that puts them at the top of our partner ecosystem,” said Gavriella Schuster, general manager, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners’ proficiency of the latest Microsoft technology is instrumental in helping customers continue to drive innovative solutions.”


About Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency

Attaining the Microsoft Cloud Platform competency demonstrates partner expertise in building, integrating and/or extending Windows-based applications and infrastructure solutions in the cloud using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. With more than 57 percent of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft Cloud Platform competency can help partners take advantage of the growing demand for infrastructure and software as a service solutions. Equipped with exclusive training, partners can help customers deploy solutions that increase customer productivity and profitability.


About Fixstars

Fixstars is devoted to “Speed up your Business”.
Combining our expertise in multi-core processor programming and the use of next generation memory technology, we provide the best performance solutions, as well as power savings to accelerate customers’ businesses in various fields.

Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, automobile, finance, and media & entertainment. For more information, visit .


Fixstars Cambridge Office is launched

March 1, 2017  – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Solutions, Inc., a leading company of software acceleration technologies, has opened a new office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Members in this office are involved in a special collaboration project in the life science / bioinformatics industry.

The office address is 210 Broadway, Suite 201, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.

This office is inside of NGIN Workplace.


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The World’s Smallest Object Storage Solution, “Ceph on Olive”, is Released

— Hyper Scale, Hyper low OPEX —

April 18, 2016 – Irvine, CA — Fixstars Solutions Inc. is excited to release a revolutionary storage solution, “Ceph on Olive”.

With “Ceph on Olive”, you can easily build high-performance, highly scalable storage systems, while also dramatically lowering your operational costs.

Fixstars is providing this one-stop appliance solution to broadcasters, studios, cable providers, and internet delivery networks to solve everyone’s big-media challenges.

“Ceph” is an object-storage-based, free software storage platform that stores data on a single distributed computer cluster. One of the great features of an object-storage system is scalability. You can begin with a small initial investment on a small number of nodes, and then scale out as you see fit.

You can find more detail about Ceph at Ceph Storage community website (


“Olive” is a new standard platform for Big Data. A Dual Core CPU, FPGA, 512MB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, and up to 13TB Non-volatile storage are in a 2.5-inch form factor. Fixstars is devoted to “speed up your business”, and has developed high speed I/O devices, along with parallel processing technologies. Leveraging these technologies, “Olive” was designed as an ideal platform for a storage server. Please refer to more details on this site (

By combining these two technologies, we have created an innovative storage solution.

Fixstars will be showcasing a live demo of “Ceph on Olive” at the NAB Show 2016 Booth #SL14907 .

If you are around, please do not miss this great opportunity to experience the next generation storage solutions.

Fixstars at the NAB Show

Fixstars will see you at booth SL14907 at NAB 2016

April 14, 2016 – – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Solutions, Inc., an innovator in flash storage, is heading to Las Vegas this month to attend the 2016 NAB Show from April 18th to 21th.

As media and TV broadcasting moves towards Ultra-HD, 4K/8K is replacing 1080P to become the standard format. At the same time, fast and reliable storage solutions have become just as important as large capacities. In response to the voices of many professional video-shooters, Fixstars is pleased to offer the IRIS-DRIVE, a 2 Terabyte professional flash storage device tailored for 4K recording.


With the 6 and 13TB high-capacity enterprise grade SSDs, Fixstars caught the eyes of media and entertainment professionals and has shown potential as an ideal partner for recording devices. Among these, ATOMOS, a leading player in camera-mounted recorders, officially recognized Fixstars as a certified storage partner. Standing as the largest capacity SSD available for video recorders, Fixstars’ IRIS-DRIVE was selected as a recommended drive for ATOMOS’ “SHOGUN” and “NINJA ASSASSIN” series.

Fixstars looks forward to welcoming more partnerships in media and entertainment to provide more reliable and high-performance storage devices for video-shooting enthusiasts.



The 2016 NAB Show will be held at:

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Fixstars is Now a Member of OpenPOWER

11100_IBM-OpenPowerApril 4th, 2016 – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Corporation (HQ: Tokyo, CEO: Satoshi Miki, Hereafter: Fixstars) has officially joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open technical membership organization that redefines the technology approach for data centers.  Working collaboratively with the community, Fixstars will leverage its experience and expertise to bring innovative solutions to OpenPOWER systems design.

Fixstars has a history of innovation on the POWER architecture, specializing in the optimization of parallel computing based on IBM POWER Processor and Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.). Concentrating on high performance computing and POWER, Fixstars worked closely with Sony and IBM for POWER based products such as PS3 Cluster of US Air Force and IBM 7R2 appliance.


Fixstars Launches Cloud Solutions

February 10th , 2016 – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Solutions has officially launched Fixstars Cloud Solutions in North America. Fixstars Cloud Solutions helps our customers reduce their expenditures on public cloud services by enabling their cloud applications to run faster and use fewer resources.

“With expertise in parallel computing and optimization, Fixstars has a long history of providing software services to our distinguished clients in both North America and Japan including Boeing Commercial and Defense, Lockheed Martin, United States Air Force, Army, and Navy, Argonne National Lab, Toshiba, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, and so on”, commented Akihiro Asahara, CEO of Fixstars Solutions. Fixstars has developed its high-speed technology over many years on cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and OpenStack.

Fixstars is a Silver Partner of Microsoft Azure, demonstrating our Cloud Solutions are effective in improving computing performance, reducing processing time, as well as driving down the cloud services cost. “By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corporation.


Fixstars Cloud Solutions is provided as an outcome-based compensation model. No service fees will be charged to the clients if the solutions do not lead to cost savings. After signing an NDA, Fixstars’ engineering team will first help you assess the feasibility of performance improvement and cost reduction. Once positive assessment results are confirmed, Fixstars will implement its Cloud Solutions and work together with the customer to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution. At the mean time, no contract is required before a successful evaluation. Strictly following an outcome-based compensation model, Fixstars only charges a certain percentage of the total cost savings as its compensation.

Fixstars is looking forward to welcoming more cloud service users to try our Cloud Solutions to experience the risk-free and outcome-based services we provide.

For more information, please visit


About Fixstars

Fixstars Solutions is a technology company devoted to our philosophy “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of flash memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars Solutions provides “Green IT”, while accelerating customers’ business in various fields.

Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment. For more information, visit .