Bernard Diény and Spintec make it into the Computer History Museum

Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, News, Research

Published : 5 October 2020

Spintec Chief Scientist Bernard Diény is now a part of the Computer History Museum (Mountain View, California) oral history project. Diény is best-known for his discovery of the spin valve and new magnetoresistive materials—the fruits of an 18-month visiting scientist position at IBM back in 1989. Today, his innovations are present in the read/write heads of billions of hard drives sold around the world each year.
In an oral history interview with three of his colleagues from back then, Diény also talks about the genesis of Spintec and the lab’s major advances in MRAM. Spintec’s innovations in this field are now in mass production with Samsung, TSMC, Global Foundries, and other electronics and semiconductor-industry giants. Diény’s place among other pioneers in the Computer History Museum’s oral history archives will raise the international profile of these French-born technologies.


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