IEEE USA President talks – Memories of Tomorrow 🗓

— Exploring the options for non-volatile memory to replace DRAM and SRAM

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IEEE Computer Society and ACM
Meeting Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM Networking; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Tom Coughlin
Location: Knobbe Martens, Irvine
Cost: none
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: Meetup

Summary: New computing architectures are being driven by the end of Moore’s Law scaling. At the same time AI, IoT, and faster connectivity will drive the need for more computing in data centers, at and beyond the network edge and in individual consumer and industrial devices. An important requirement to enable these new computational architectures and to improve computational efficiency and reduce energy consumption will be moving from volatile to non-volatile memories. There are many options for non-volatile memory to replace DRAM and SRAM including phase change memory (PCM, such as Intel’s Octane), magnetic random access memory (MRAM), ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) as well as FeFETs and resistive memory (RRAM). This talk will look at the drivers for new computing architectures, the future role of non-volatile memory (including computational storage and in-memory computing), and the candidates for non-volatile memories that will be used in tomorrow’s embedded devices and computers.

Bio: Tom Coughlin, is President, Coughlin Associates and President of IEEE USA, is a digital storage analyst as well as a business and technology consultant. He has over 37 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at several companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is now in its second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE, (he is past Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6, President of IEEE USA and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference ( as well as the Creative Storage Conference ( He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).