Charles Sie discusses his extensive and fascinating career ranging from research in phase-change memories to failure analysis in xerographic copiers. He was born in China and migrated to Taiwan. At age 15, he came to the United States, where he studied electrical engineering at Manhattan College, Drexel University and eventually Iowa State where he received his PhD. He worked at IBM doing circuit design for thin-film memories. After getting his PhD, where he learned of some of the interesting promise of phase change memories, he went to work for Stan Ovshinsky at Energy Conversion Devices where he worked to commercialize chalcogenide memories. Later in his career he worked at Burroughs and Xerox in product engineering, failure analysis, and hardware and software product development.
semiconductor history; Thin film memory; non-volatile memory; phase-change memory; soft failures; Ovshinsky, Stanford Robert; Energy Conversion Devices (ECD)