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Once all bulk data storage was magnetic (or punch cards). Then along came Flash. #ChipHallOfFame

NAND Flash Memory Manufacturer: Toshiba Category: Memory and Storage Year: 1989 < Back to the Chip Hall of Fame The saga that is the invention of flash memory began when a Toshiba factory manager named Fujio Masuoka decided he’d reinvent semiconductor memory. We’ll get to that in a minute. First, a bit of history is in order. Before flash memory came along, the only way to store what passed for large amounts of data at the time was to use magnetic tapes, floppy disks, or hard disks. Many companies were trying to create solid-state alternatives, but the choices, such as EPROM (or erasable programmable read-only memory, which required ultraviolet light to erase the data) and EEPROM (the extra E stands for “electrically,” doing away with the UV) couldn’t store much data economically. Enter Masuoka at Toshiba. In 1980, he recruited four engineers to a semisecret project aimed ...

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