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Evaluation of Research and Development in High-Density Memory Devices in Japan

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Workshop Information

The World Technology Evaluation Center (WTEC) Workshop on the Future of Data Storage Technologies, occurred on May 27, 1998. Viewgraphs from the presentations, given by the WTEC panel members and sponsors, are available now on this server

Objective

The overal objective of this WTEC study in high-density memory devices is to carry out a detailed assessment of the status of R&D in these technologies in Japan in order to evaluate trends for future competition and cooperation in this area. The study will include a focus on the electronic information storage technologies that find immediate application in computers, but that will increasingly be used in other products such as communications systems and end-user equipment for the National Information Infrastructure.

Background

Since 1989, the World Technology Evaluation Center at Loyola College (previously known as JTEC for studies involving Japan) have been funded by a series of grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additional support from the Department of Energy, DARPA, the Department of Commerce, the Army Research Office, ONR, USAF, and NASA has been received by interagency transfers to NSF. Panels of experts under the WTEC methodology have assessed Japanese and European R&D in a number of technologies including: superconductivity, advanced computing, X-ray lithography, machine translation, bioprocessing, database systems, display technologies, knowledge-based systems, satellite communications, microelectromechanical systems, electronic packaging, and manufacturing of polymer composites.

In 1995 WTEC completed a preliminary study of five benchmark technologies for the National Science and Technology Council including man-machine interface technologies, optical electronics, manufacturing of integrated circuits, wireless communications, and high-density memories. In addition, WTEC has recently completed a full-scale study of optoelectronics technology and industrial development in the United States and Japan. This study covers several technologies related to the high density storage industry (e.g., optical disk technologies). Additional related WTEC studies are currently underway covering semiconducor technologies in Korea, electronics final assembly infrastructure in selected Pacific Rim countries, and superconductivity technology and applications in Japan. WTEC will draw on its experience in conducting these prior related studies in carrying out this one. This may include the use of panelists from those earlier studies, in consultation with sponsors.

The details of the WTEC methodology, including the reporting requirements, are documented in NSF's current cooperative agreement with Loyola College. This statement of work is a brief plan for an assessment of R&D in high-density memory devices in Japan, under the provisions of a cooperative agreement for 1997-8 studies funded by NSF.

Purpose and Scope

The overall purpose of this WTEC study in high-density memory devices is to carry out a detailed assessment of the status of R&D in these technologies in Japan in order to evaluate trends for future competition and cooperation in this area. The study will include a focus on the electronic information storage technologies that find immediate application in computers, but that will increasingly be used in other products such as communications systems and end-user equipment for the National Information Infrastructure.

The scope of study will include a majority of the secondary and tertiary storage technologies listed below. The final selection will be made by the sponsors at the kickoff meeting in consultation with the experts.

In addition certain primary memory technologies may be included where they overlap the functions of secondary memory. For example non-volatile flash memory devices offer the potential to replace disk storage in some applications such as laptop computers.

The following topics, though not all inclusive, are pertinent to the study of high density memory devices:

Task Statement

WTEC has selected a panel to conduct the study. This panel consists of six U.S. experts in the technologies listed above and of Japanese activities in the field. The chairperson will define the scope of the study (with concurrence from the agency sponsors) and assign each panelist a section of the final report. A schedule for the study will be established, including dates for the workshop and completion of the final report. During the preliminary study, the WTEC shall assist the panelists by conducting electronic literature searches and by acquiring, extracting, and reproducing relevant literature. It has been proven in previous R&D assessments that visits to foreign laboratories greatly improve the amount, accuracy, and timeliness of the information available to the panelists. Thus, WTEC shall organize a fact-finding trip to R&D and manufacturing facilities in Japan for the panel.

Following the trip to Japan, WTEC will organize a workshop in Washington for the presentation of the results. At least 100 key participants from government and the private sector are expected to attend a one-day presentation and discussion of the results. Each panelist will make an approximately 30-minute presentation with visual aids of his or her findings, and the chairperson will make an overall summary. Copies of the visual aids will be available at the meeting.

WTEC will then produce a final written report detailing the findings and will enter it into the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) for distribution to the public. The complete final report/proceedings will be converted into into hypertext (including all graphics and tables) and make it available on the JTEC/WTEC World Wide Web server. The Web service for this study will include an interactive comment page inviting community input on the study from the outset, as well as a forum for international exchange of information on the topic.

Panel

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Dr. Sadik Esener (Co-Chair)
ECE Dept.
University of California, San Diego

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Mark Kryder (Co-Chair)
Data Storage Systems Center
Carnegie-Mellon University

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William Doyle
University of Alabama

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Marvin Keshner
Hewlett-Packard Labs

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Masud Mansuripur
University of Arizona

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David Thompson
IBM Almaden Research Center

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14 October, 1997; WTEC Hyper-Librarian