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July 24, 2012

IEEE Milestone Dedication: Floating-Gate EEPROM

by @ 4:00 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

TUESDAY August 21, 2012
SCV Section and Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speakers: Dr. Gordon Day, IEEE President; Dr. Eli Harari, founder of SanDisk
Time: Dedication at 5:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara
RSVP: from website (requires no-cost Exhibits registration for Flash Summit)

This one-hour plenary session at Flash Memory Summit will honor the new IEEE Milestone titled The Floating Gate EEPROM, 1976-1978. Technology developed by Eli Harari in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for the subsequent development of NAND Flash. Eli co-founded SanDisk in 1988 with the vision that flash memory could emulate disk storage, and that its portability as a semiconductor medium and its low power could create a revolution in the electronics industry.
Eli’s journey, and this vision, are encompassed by this citation on the IEEE Milestone plaque: “From 1976-1978, at Hughes Microelectronics in Newport Beach, California, the practicality, reliability, manufacturability and endurance of the Floating Gate EEPROM — an electrically erasable device using a thin gate oxide and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling for writing and erasing — was proven. As a significant foundation of data storage in flash memory, this fostered new classes of portable computing and communication devices which allow ubiquitous personal access to data.”
Eli’s vision for SanDisk did indeed create a revolutionary flash memory technology that has enabled low-cost solid-state storage to replace chemical film and rotating magnetic disk drives. See the IEEE Global History Network (GHN) page (,_1976_-_1978) for this IEEE Milestone for extensive background details including patents and technical papers.
Speakers in this plenary session will include SanDisk co-founder Eli Harari, IEEE President Gordon Day and a representative from Toshiba who will discus the 25th anniversary of NAND Flash.
Free admission to the Flash Memory Summit Exhibition Area and other sessions, including this plenary session, is available here through Thursday, Aug. 16 ( IEEE members can save $100 when registering for the full conference using “IEEE” as their Priority Code.

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