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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: DOV FROHMAN-BENTCHKOWSKY - INVENTOR

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Dov_Frohman-Bentchkowsky_lr Dutch-born Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky is one of the father's of "flash" memory, a critical technology in computing. He's our third 2009 inductee in to the Inventors Hall of Fame and his contribution is described as follows:

Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky invented a computer chip
that could be erased by exposing it to ultraviolet light, then have new
data written onto it. Before Frohman's erasable programmable read only
memory chip, or EPROM, memory chips were either "volatile," meaning
that they would lose their contents if they lost power, or "read only,"
meaning that they were stable without power but could only be encoded
at the factory - an expensive and time-consuming process. Frohman's
EPROM combined the best of both concepts, providing nonvolatile
erasable memory.


In the 1970s,
Frohman's employer Intel paired his EPROM invention with their new
microprocessors to develop the foundations for personal computing.
Today's complex electronic devices -- our cell phones, digital cameras,
MP3 players, and computers - all rely on a form of nonvolatile memory
(mainly "Flash" memories) to store their operating systems.


Born
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and educated at the Israel Institute of
Technology and the University of California at Berkeley, Frohman began
his career at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1965. He moved to Intel in
1969 and soon established Intel design and fabrication facilities in
Israel. Frohman retired from Intel in 2001.


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  1. warcraft gold's Avatar
    I've never known one of the inventors of flash memory until now. He truly has a great mind to come up with this invention which still contribute to the development of modern technology today.
  2. Jusic Tuberou's Avatar
    You have a great history to bad not every one knows
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