Through the late 1980’s, branded microprocessors were getting all the credit in consumers' eyes for the rapid improvement in computing power. However the development of flash memory technology offered a pivotal leap forward in storage capability that enabled an equally significant revolution in mobile personal computing devices, including PDAs, mobile phones, GPS devices, handheld gaming and media players.
Fujio Masuoka developed the flash memory cell at Toshiba, Japan in 1984. The industry's first commercially successful flash memory products emerged from a skunk works team at Intel in 1988. With later enhancements by SanDisk, Samsung and others, flash remains today's most widely used non-volatile memory (NVM) technology form.
This CHM Soundbytes will feature a panel discussion of the team that conceived Intel's NOR-type flash memory and brought it to market: Program Director Dick Pashley, Technologist Stefan Lai, Chip Designer Niles Kynett and Marketing Manager Bruce McCormick. Together they will tell the story of Intel's flash memory work and how their skunk works produced an industry-leading standard. CHM's Jeff Katz from the Museum's Semiconductor SIG will host this panel of flash memory pioneers.
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