Artifact Details

Title

Squires, John oral history

Catalog Number

102702125

Type

Text

Date

2009-07-13; 2009-07-15

Contributor

Gardner, Tom, Interviewer
Hendrie, Gardner, Cameraperson
Squires, John, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Boulder, Colorado

Extent

57 p.

Description

John Squires was the co-founder and chief engineer of Conner Peripherals, at its time in the early 1990s the fastest growing company in the history of commerce. John, a native of Australia, began his career with StorageTek Corp and then worked at MiniScribe before co-founding Conner. Although he has a degree in Physics, John’s experiences in engineering were primarily in firmware programming (micro-programming), which he applied to the Conner products using firmware to substantially reduce the complexity and cost of the Conner products. As chief engineer he introduced the concept of platform design, whereby Conner regularly and simultaneously introduced multiple products based in a common platform (e.g., 2½-inch, 3½-inch full height and 3½-inch half height drives having a common platform).

Category

Transcription

Subject

Storage history; Conner Peripherals; Johnson, Terry; Conner, Finis; CP 340 Disk Drive; IDE (Intelligent Drive Electronics); Firmware; microcode

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X5433.2009