Artifact Details

Title

Suzuki, Yasoji oral history

Catalog Number

102738182

Type

Moving image

Date

2016-06-23

Participants

Fairbairn, Doug, interviewer
Suzuki, Yasoji, interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Tokyo, Japan

Format

MOV

Description

Suzuki was born in 1944 and grew up in post-war Japan. He notes that his nickname was “MacArthur”, presumably because of his aggressive character. He became interested in electronics technology at an early age, partially as a result of receiving a crystal radio kit in the mid-1950’s. He attended Tokai University and majored in communication engineering.

Upon graduation, he went to work for Toshiba where he worked in the Central Research Laboratory. He focused on battery-operated calculators and found through research that CMOS would be an ideal technology for this application.

He later was asked to develop a 1K bit CMOS RAM, which was one of the first such devices in the world. Being a leader in the design of CMOS devices, in 1978 he published a book to teach other engineers how to design CMOS devices. He later developed the first 4K CMOS RAM. He followed this with the development of a CMOS microprocessor. He is most proud of his development of clocked CMOS circuitry.

Besides his pioneering work in the design of CMOS devices, he also did work with LCD displays.

Category

Oral history

Subject

Toshiba Corporation; CMOS; 8080; RAM; Toshiba Matsushita Display

Collection Title

CHM oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7653.2016
 

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102738183 Suzuki, Yasoji oral history