OBJECTIVES and STRENGTHS
I can help your business succeed as a senior technical contributor, consultant and analyst. At Quantum, TeraStor and MarQlin I led groups concerned exclusively with readying advanced technology for new products and product processes. At Toshiba and Maxtor, I determined product roadmaps and technical strategy, established projects to support them, then hired teams and led them to successful implementation.
The result is a solid record of accomplishments that comprise a number of very innovative and successful products and processes. These have included some of the industry's earliest MR heads and plated and sputtered thin film disks, Maxtor's first double capacity drive, Maxtor's first 3.5" drive, Toshiba's first 3.5" drive, Quantum's self-servo writing system, etc. The technologies (heads, media, channel, servo and process) embodied in these and other products include a great many industry firsts.
Mr. Dennison was a pioneer in hard disk drive technology. He founded one of the first thin film media companies, Eikon, and has designed media and engineered head/media solutions for Unisys, Maxtor (now Seagate), and Toshiba. He is currently a very active industry analyst specializing in media, head and servo technology and in the introduction of new technology. For the last three years he has worked with Cisco Systems as their primary expert for HDD (and some SSD) selection, design-in, qualification, test, validation, introduction to production, production, and field failure analysis. At Cisco, he has supported more than 20 independent business units sourcing more than 40 product lines using HDD’s and SSD’s.
He also serves as an expert witness in the areas of thin film technology,
disk drive technology, hard drive failure analysis, and optical drive
systems. Additionally, he co-organizes two major data storage industry
conferences that cover the latest technology in magnetic, optical and
flash memories. These are the Storage Visions Conference (www.StorageVisions.com)
and the Creative Storage Conference (www.CreativeStorage.org).
He follows most of the major data storage manufacturers, their component
and equipment suppliers. His website is www.ResearchDevelopmentConsultants.com or www.RonDennison.com .
He has extensive experience in the field of disk drives, including substantial
contributions to a number of very innovative and successful products
and processes. These have included some of the industry’s earliest
magnetoresistive (“MR”) head drives, Maxtor’s first
double-capacity drive, Maxtor’s first 3.5” drive, Toshiba’s
first 3.5” drive, and Quantum’s self-servo writing system. The
technologies (heads, media, channel, servo and process) embodied in these
and other products include a great many industry firsts. He is a founder
of the storage industry trade association, IDEMA, a director emeritus
and still active in it.
His background also comprises extensive thin film process experience
including thin film disks (he co-founded a company to make these) and
magnetoresistive heads. He has designed and built vacuum processing equipment
(primarily sputtering systems with a specialty in RF diode and magnetron
systems, although he also designed e-beam systems) for a number of companies
including Perking Elmer, Hewlett Packard (now Agilent), Unisys, Eikon,
and Vac-Tec. He designed Perkin-Elmer’s 1st magnetron source and
has developed a number of unique thin film processes (including reactive
ion deposition) which required the design, construction, optimization
and introduction to production of specialized vacuum processing equipment.
He is familiar with all aspects of thin film processing and process equipment.
He served as VP of Advanced Development and later VP of Engineering
for MarQlin Corporation, Engineering Manager of the Advanced Test and
Process Development at Quantum, Director of Enabling (Advanced) Technology
for Maxtor, and Director of R&D for Toshiba America.
Mr. Dennison also has a small failure analysis laboratory that includes a variety of video and data storage testing equipment and protocols. He also has access to other laboratory facilities that include a broad array of failure analysis techniques including accelerated life testing; microanalysis including ESCA, Auger, SIMS, and X-ray; optical, scanning electron and scanning probe microscopy; thermal imaging and mapping, etc.
RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS, INC.
SAN JOSE CA
development including staffing, capital and expense
TERASTOR, SAN JOSE, CA.
QUANTUM, MILPITAS, CA
MAXTOR, SAN JOSE, CA.
TOSHIBA AMERICA, SAN JOSE CA
MAXTOR , SAN JOSE CA
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Unisys, Westlake Village CA
M. S. Physics San Jose State University, San Jose CA
Phi Kappa Phi, Dean’s List, Honor Roll
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