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  IBM To Receive National Medal of Technology for Storage Innovations
National Medal of Technology
November 13, 2000 -- The National Medal of Technology is the highest honor bestowed by the President of the United States to America's leading innovators. The White House today announced that IBM has won for innovations in the technology of hard disk drives and information storage.

"It is very gratifying to see IBM receive this national recognition for our contributions in developing industry-leading storage technologies over the last 40 years -- from the invention of the magnetic hard disk drive in 1956 to the introduction of the one gigabyte Microdrive this year," said Dr. John E. Kelly III, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Technology Group. "This award illustrates how IBM's technology has played a crucial role in shaping the information technology industry and is now fueling the explosive growth of the e-business revolution."

The primary purpose of the National Medal of Technology is to recognize technological innovators who have made lasting contributions to enhancing America's competitiveness and standard of living. IBM has supplied the disk drive business with leadership products since the mid-1950s when it invented the RAMAC 305. Since then, key inventions by IBM researchers for head sliders, thin film inductive heads, giant magnetoresistive heads, rotary actuators, sector servos and advanced disk designs are used in every modern hard disk drive today. IBM also has filed important patents like the first for RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) in 1978.

"IBM San Jose employees have made major contributions to the research, manufacture and development of storage technologies," said Glenn Larnerd, general manager, IBM Storage Technology Division. "The innovations that helped IBM win the National Medal of Technology can be directly linked to the work we do here every day. Our products and technologies have transformed the world for our customers and are critical to IBM's future. We can all be very proud of this achievement."

President Bill Clinton is slated to present the award to IBM on December 1. This award will mark the sixth time IBM and IBMers have received the National Medal of Technology. This is the first time IBM has won the award as a corporation.

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