Flash Memory Experts Discuss Alleged Intellectual Property Infringement

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on September 29, 2017

Intellectual Property Expert WitnessThis case involves a prominent manufacturer of flash memory devices in Kentucky which claimed that a proprietary memory controller system it developed had been directly copied by a domestic competitor. The memory controller system was designed with a novel architecture that greatly improved performance, as well as providing an enhanced degree of security in memory systems that used the architecture. The competing firm released a number of flash memory products that shared similar performance characteristics with the plaintiff firm’s products after the latter had been on the market for several months.

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  • 1. Are you a professor, responsible for teaching students about flash memory controllers, wear leveling, and flash memory error correction.?

Expert Witness Response E-017495

This case is right in my area of expertise and I am glad to assist. I am a Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at a major university. I am responsible for teaching ECE 402, Advanced Memory Systems, which covers flash memory controllers, FTL implementations, garbage collection, wear leveling, and ECC for flash memories. I also do research in architecting non-volatile memories, which includes Flash. I am an expert in architecting non-volatile memory technologies. Prior to my faculty appointment, I was a researcher in the Computer Architecture Group at Microsoft Research, where I and my colleagues pioneered the use of phase-change memory as a DRAM replacement in the data center. My research has earned multiple awards and recognition.

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