IEEE Medal Of Honor Goes To DRAM Developer

Robert H. Dennard to receive IEEE's highest honor

6 March 2009

IEEE Life Fellow Robert H. Dennard is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Medal of Honor for his “invention of the single-transistor Dynamic Random Access Memory and for developing scaling principles for integrated circuits.”

Dennard joined the IBM Research Division, in Armonk, N.Y., in 1958, where he worked on circuits for logic and memory applications. In 1967 he invented one-transistor dynamic random access memory. DRAM has become the standard for RAMs, and it is used in most computers today.

In 1972, Dennard and his colleagues formulated a scaling method, and they observed that reducing the dimensions of metal-oxide field effect transistors (MOSFETs) and their interconnecting wires led to denser, less expensive, and faster ICs. The holder of 52 U.S. patents, Dennard continues to conduct research for IBM’s silicon technology department.

Dennard, an IBM Fellow, is to receive the IEEE Medal of Honor, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, on 25 June at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Los Angeles. The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, and a cash honorarium.

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