Flash Memory Summit 2020 Will Be a Virtual Event

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Flash Memory Summit 2020
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As the world continues to experience the ongoing effects of COVID-19, we are seeing events either being rescheduled, canceled, or changed. The Flash Memory Summit is the latest to adapt. It is now going to be a virtual conference and expo. This will be the organizers’ 15th year doing the event. It will be held from October 20 to 22 and was originally scheduled to take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center. CEO Chip Stockton posted an update indicating the forthcoming change at the end of May.

Flash Memory Summit (FMS) is committed to the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff and has been closely monitoring official guidance relating to COVID-19. As a result, our organizers are creating an entirely new virtual FMS Conference and Expo this year, to be held in October 2020.

This virtual event will be available to our entire global community and will feature new components and Emerging Technologies not offered before at previous Summits! The date and details will follow soon.

The Non-Volatile Memory Floating Gate started the revolutionary new technology back in 1967. A few years later, the EPROM, or Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory, would get invented. Since then, the technology has evolved into everything from SD cards, that most take for granted now, to highly efficient NVMe SSDs. The impact of NAND flash memory can be seen in virtually every part of the electronic industry. Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5 has already received a lot of attention regarding its implementation.

Attendees will hear keynotes and the latest technology updates, forecasts, and roadmaps for non-volatile memory (NVM). 2019 highlights feature NVMe, NVMe-oF, Persistent Memory, advanced memory technologies, and key Open Source software topics. Learn the latest storage design tricks, take advantage of networking opportunities, and connect with both established and new vendors and suppliers.

Pre-registration for the event is currently closed, but here is a link for those wishing to be notified once it opens. The sponsor list is a proverbial who’s-who featuring nearly every big name in the industry. The site lists well over five dozen vendors. PC enthusiasts would recognize many, such as SK Hynix, Western Digital, Toshiba, Liteon, Phison, Micron, Seagate, Mellanox, Marvell, and ADATA.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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