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An Israeli immigrant, he came to the US in the 1960s. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics with honors from Manchester University and a Ph.D. in Solid State Sciences from Princeton University. From 1973 to 1988, he held various technical and management positions with Waferscale Integration, Inc., which he founded in 1983; as well as Honeywell Inc., Intel Corporation and Hughes Microelectronics Ltd., where he invented the F-N tunneling based floating-gate EEPROM, the precursor to today's flash memory. Later, in June 1988, he co-founded (along with Jack Yuan and Sanjay Mehrotra) SanDisk Corporation, where among his various achievements, he (co)-invented the multi-level cell (MLC) concept as well as defect management techniques that are widely used in flash memory today. He served as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of SanDisk since June 1988. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in June 2006. He also served as President from June 1998 to June 2006. On July 21, 2010, he, informed the SanDisk Corporation Registrant's Board of Directors that he would retire as the Registrant's Chief Executive Officer and as a Director as of December 31, 2010. SanDisk Corporation is a multinational corporation that designs, develops and manufactures flash memory storage products which include solid-state drives (SSDs) and caching software for laptop, PC and enterprise applications; memory cards for smartphones and cameras; embedded flash drives for mobile phones and tablets, USB flash drives; and other flash-based products. The Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company is based in Milpitas, California in Silicon Valley, and has more than half its sales outside the United States. Its products are sold at more than 250,000 retail locations in more than 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in China as well as sales, operations, research and development, and administration in France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. The company has more than 4,600 employees worldwide. Along with SanDisk co-founders he received the 2006 Reynold B. Johnson Data Storage Device Technology Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”). In 2008, the Global Semiconductor Alliance awarded him the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. In 2009, he received the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal recognizing his “leadership in the development and commercialization of flash memory technology.” He has more than 100 patents issued in the field of non-volatile memories and storage systems.
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    Co-inventor of the multi-level cell (MLC) concept as well as defect management techniques that are widely used in flash memory today
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