[This oral history is one of seven recorded in December 2014 with former leaders in the Japanese semiconductor industry. ]
Kimbara-san was born in 1929 and graduated from Nagoya University in electrical engineering in 1951. Upon graduation, he started a long and distinguished career at Hitachi. For many years, he was involved in the design of machine controllers – as a user of semiconductors. In 1976, he became GM of Takasaki Works, which build ICs and discrete semiconductors. By 1991, he had risen to the level of Senior Executive Managing Director of Hitachi’s Electronic Device Group. Between 1995 and 1998, he managed the joint venture between Texas Instruments and Hitachi, called Twin Star Semiconductor.
Hitachi; DRAM; Twin Star Semiconductor; MITI; Japanese semiconductor; semiconductor history