Coughlin Associates

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Tom Coughlin has degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science from the University of Minnesota. His 25+ years of magnetic recording experience included flexible tape and floppy as well as rigid disk recording at such companies as Polaroid, Seagate Technology, Maxtor, Micropolis, Nashua Computer Products, Ampex and SyQuest. He has been active with IDEMA where he is chairman or a member of several committees. He is a senior member of the IEEE, was publicity chairman of the 1992, 1996, 2002, and 2004 TMRC conferences and is a past chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Magnetics Society and current Treasurer of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section. He has organized magnetic recording Symposia from 1997-2002 for IIST at Santa Clara University where he is also an adjunct professor. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society, Association of Computer Machinery, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Vacuum Society.

Since 1997 Tom has written market and technology analysis reports and articles including the Digital Entertainment series focusing on data storage and the creation, distribution and reception of entertainment content,  Computer Peripheral Test and Process Equipment Report and the New Applications for Data Storage Market and Technology Report. He has given technology and market assessment presentations at the annual Strorage Visions and Network Storage conferences, IDEMA and IIST Symposia and for the IEEE Magnetics Society. He has published over 50 articles, reports, technical papers and presentations. He has provided marketing, intellectual property and technology assessments and projections for several data storage technology companies, company analysts, and venture capitalists including Engenio, Network Appliance, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, and The Woodside Fund. In addition he has served as project and general manager for technical projects involving budgets of several million dollars.

Topic Coverage:

  • Storage
  • Magnetic Media
  • Tape Storage
  • Disk Storage
  • RAID
  • SAN
  • Storage Networks

Contact Information:

9460 Carmel Road
Atascadero, CA 93422

T: (408) 978-8184
F: (866) 374-6345



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