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Gregory Wong is the Founder and Principal Analyst of Forward Insights.

He has in-depth knowledge of the cost, performance and markets and applications of multi-bit per cell NOR, NROMand NAND flash memories, emerging memories and solid state storage.

Greg has authored/co-authored numerous market and technology reports on DRAM, NAND flash memories, 3D NAND, phase change memory (PCM), MRAM, emerging memory technologies and solid state storage. He was also a contributor to Inside NAND Flash Memories and Inside Solid State Drives.

Greg previously held a number of management positions in strategic planning, business development and engineering at Hitachi, Siemens, ProMOS and Qimonda/Infineon. At Infineon/Qimonda, Greg was responsible for driving manufacturing efficiencies and investment planning for a DRAM fab in Taiwan. Subsequently, he became responsible for competitive intelligence and reverse engineering for flash memories focusing on flash memory vendors' strategies, process technologies, design architectures, product performance, manufacturing capabilities and costs. Greg worked closely with senior management on strategy formulation and setting operational performance targets.

Greg has worked in Canada, Japan, China, Taiwan and Germany.

He earned his B.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and his M.B.A. degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.




Josef Willer is Vice President of Technology. His expertise lies in the area of semiconductor memories including DRAM, NOR, NAND, NROM and alternative memory technologies including FRAM, MRAM, RRAM, phase change memory, nanocrystal memory, SONOS memory, spin-torque RAM and probe memory and the related intellectual property.

Josef brings with him a wealth of research and development experience in semiconductor memories from 26 years at Siemens Semiconductor / Infineon Technologies / Qimonda AG. Prior to joining Forward Insights, Josef was a principal at Qimonda Flash GmbH responsible for evaluating patents and intellectual property and developing innovative non-volatile memory technology and novel cell concepts to overcome the ultimate technology scaling constraints. Josef was instrumental in enabling the start-up company Ingentix to successfully demonstrate the feasibility of charge trapping technology for mass storage products.

In addition to his technical publications, Josef holds numerous memory-related patents and was named Infineon’s Inventor of the Year in 2004. He has been a member of the technical committee of the ICMTD (International Conference on Memory Technology and Design) for the past three years.

Josef holds a Dr. rer. nat. from the Technical University in Munich in solid state physics.


Luca Crippa is Senior Technical Analyst for Design Architecture. Luca is an analog designer with more than 10 years of experience in MLC flash memory design. Prior to joining Forward Insights, he was Senior Designer for 48nm floating gate and 36nm floating gate NAND flash memories at Qimonda AG. Luca was also involved in the design of 90nm and 60nm MLC NAND flash products at STMicroelectronics.

He was instrumental in the development of 64Mb, 128Mb and 256Mb MLC NOR flash products at STMicroelectronics and is the author/co-author of 20 U.S. patents and the book Memories in Wireless Systems (Springer-Verlag ed., 2008).

Luca received his Bachelors degree at ITIS G. Marconi, Dalmine, Italy in 1992 and a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico of Milan in 1999. His thesis topic was Analog circuits design for Multilevel Flash Memory.




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