In the Summer of 1979 I Moved to San Jose to work with United Technologies' James R. Kennedy of their Chemical Systems Division ( Builders of the Space Shuttle's Initial Launch Booster Rockets ) . . . Kennedy was the Digital Systems Engineer / Designer of the Geosynchronous / Space Shuttle Bay Doors Controls Systems. . . Our primany involvement was in Development of a "New Technology - High Current Power Suppy". . . An invention of mine. . .
The Power-Supply Development Cycle proved to be more intensive than was initially planned but this period led into an interesting 4 year period working in Silicon Valley and getting directly envolved with companies including, Lawerance Livermore Laboratories & Maxtor. I initially met Dennis Scheifsky who headed up Maxtor's Production Engineering Dept. ( See Maxtor history below ) In 1981 Maxtor's Opteration consisted of a 24' x 60' Engineering Trailer in a small industrial park, however they had announced their development plans for a 170-Mb Harddrive. In that time period you were "Lucky" to have a 10-Mb Hard Drive ! At the time I represented MTI & setup a meeting with Dennis and offered my company's Mfg. Development services. To shorten a Longer Story, I put together a team of Engineers & Manufacturing personal and got Maxtor a "Working" Glide Height Tester so they could Calibrate their Winchester Flying Heads. . . This was Critical in them becoming a World Leading Hard Drive Mfg . . . The Rest is as they say . . . History . . . from Wikipedia. . .
"Maxtor Corporation, founded in 1982 and acquired by Seagate Technology in 2006, was an American manufacturer of computer hard disk drives, the third largest in the world immediately prior to acquisition. It now operates as a subsidiary of Seagate."
Silicon Valley was mostly about Various Involvements with the High-Tech & Semi-Conductor Processing Industry which was Extremely Stimulating. . .
Silicon Valley included my meeting & becoming friends with Rico Reyes – Percussionist of Santana - But that's Another Story. . .