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Tom has over 30 years of experience in data storage engineering and management, ranging from floppy
and tape drives to hard disk drives and storage systems. His name is on 6 US patents
granted on heads and media design with other applications
pending. He was responsible for developing and integrating heads and media
for several disk drive programs at Seagate, Maxtor, Micropolis, and
SyQuest. This work involved debugging and problem solving,
including spending a considerable amount of time interacting
vendors and fixing manufacturing issues in Asia (Singapore
and Thailand). He also have
considerable experience in materials and physical vapor deposition
technology as well as troubleshooting and failure analysis.
Tom has been involved with standards activities at IDEMA and
SNIA. Tom has also been an expert witness for digital
storage related cases.
Project and Corporate Management
Tom was Vice President of New Product Integration at Nashua
Computer Products, responsible for disk product design and
customer qualification. He led good-sized groups developing
new disks (keepered media) and disk substrate (glass-ceramic
disk substrates) technologies at Ampex and Raychem
respectively. Tom helped get ATA-based nearline storage
established during a consulting engagement with Network
Appliance. His work included management of domestic
and Asian groups, both development and support
organizations. In the course of his work he has given
numerous presentations to customer and trade groups,
including several presentations at the Heads and Media
Technology Review, Storage Visions, Creative Storage
Conference, Network Storage
Conference, IDEMA Diskcon, and IIST
Symposia. Tom is also the organizer of the annual
Storage Visions conference as well as the Creative Storage
Market and Technology Forecasting
Tom has co-written technology analysis and forecasting reports
under Coughlin Associates as well as with Peripheral Research and Peripheral Concepts
- Annual Capital Equipment and Technology Report
for the Hard Disk Drive Industry
- Annual Media and Entertainment Storage Report
- Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics
- Survey on Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics
- 2006 Storage Systems User Survey Reports
- 2004-2009 Digital Entertainment Report Series
- 2005 Reports on Backup and Archiving and Business
Continuance and Disaster Recovery
- Computer Peripheral Test/Process Equipment Report,
- New Applications for Data Storage-A Market and Technology
- Storage Area Networks Report, 2001.
- Articles written for magazines and journals such as
InfoStor, Computer Technology Review,
Data Storage Magazine, Post Magazine, Storage for Entertainment and Post.
- Background Material provided to Scientific
American, Time, Doctor Dobbs Journal, UPI and other
- Blogs for Forbes.com and POST magazine on digital
storage and applications.
- Presentations Storage Topics at Pennwell
Head/Medium Conference, IDEMA Diskcon and other events, NAB,
IEEE Consumer Society ISCE and ICCE, SMPTE Technical
Conference, iNSIC and many other
- Presentations on Storage Markets and Technology at
Storage Visions 2002 through 2017 and at the Creative
Storage Conference in 2007 through 2017 and at the Japanese Storage Visions
conference in 2002 & 2003.
Tom has over numerous published papers and articles on data storage
technology, including articles in Data Storage Magazine, IDEMA Insight, InfoStor,
Post, papers in Journal of Applied Physics, IEEE Magnetics
Transactions, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
and the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. Following
are articles in published books by Tom Coughlin:
Digital Image Storage and Compression, Tom Coughlin,
The Handbook of Visual Display Technology,
Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2012
Digital Archiving in the Entertainment and Professional
Media Market, Thomas M. Coughlin, in The
Economics of Information, Communication and Entertainment,
Volume 1, Television Goes Digital, Springer, New York,
in Mobile Consumer Electronics Devices, Thomas M.
Coughlin, in Portable Electronics: World Class Designs,
- Magnetic Tape Equipment,
Thomas M. Coughlin and David Davies, The Wiley
Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 1999
Tom's book, Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics
was published by a division of Elsevier in March 2008.
Educational Technology Classes
Tom has given talks and prepared a series of classes on magnetic
recording technology as well as storage systems for Santa Clara University.
Tom has been a voluntary professor at CalPoly in San Luis
Intellectual Property and Start-up Analysis
Tom has analyzed data storage patents portfolios for several
clients as well as assisted potential investors in analyzing
start-up opportunities in data storage, including network
storage companies. He has also helped investors with
technical evaluation of companies in bankrupcy.
Tom has several experiences providing expert witness services
to clients on data storage related topics.
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