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Wozniak takes chief scientist position at Fusion-io

updated 12:05 am EST, Thu February 5, 2009

Wozniak joins Fusion io

Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak has taken a lead position at storage company Fusion-io, according to the New York Times. "The Woz" has worked on the company's advisory board, but will now serve as the chief scientist. Salt Lake City-based Fusion-io specializes in high performance storage devices, including solid state technology that is designed to offer cutting-edge capacity density and data transfer speeds.

"I have a pretty quiet life, and I like to watch technology evolve," Wozniak said. "In this case, I like the people and the product, and said I would like some greater involvement."

The computer engineer was made famous for his work producing the first Apple computers that were initially hand-built in Steve Jobs' garage. After the company went public in 1980, the two Steve's quickly earned millions.

Fusion-io is a three-year-old startup with more than 300 customers including military contracts. Rather than focusing on disk storage, the company builds modules composed of flash chips that can be added to servers. The system allegedly provides significantly improved access time and lower costs. Storage modules are connected directly to the main chips in servers to push performance.

Douglas Babb, chief IT systems architect at Hill Air Force Base, claims that a $10,000 Fusion-io module compares with the capabilities of $100,000 systems sold by competitors. "In my opinion, it's absolutely a game-changing product," he said.

Wozniak told the Times that he would consider joining Apple's board, if asked, but he downplayed the notion. "I have thought about that in recent years, but it's not on my mind at all right now," he said. "I think I have a better place at smaller companies looking at new ideas."




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  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Wondering. . .

    This isn't meant as sarcasm or as a dismissal of his past achievements, but does Wozniak contribute anything to these companies as an innovator or is all PR value? It seems like his skill set would be out of date and he is more of a shmoozer these days than an active engineer. Is my perception wrong about this?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: wondering

    Of course, because we all know that once you've reached a point in life, you never learn anything more. This is why Steve Jobs is so stuck in the 80s.

    Oh, wait...

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    read Wozniak's book

    I think you will be flabbergasted at his ability. Innovators and thinkers of that caliber of genius are never out of date. For example, Richard Feynman in his late 70s was still very much on top of things in the world of physics. These guys' brains never slow down. Wozniak is a kid at heart... kids still have passion at his age... and ability.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    read Wozniak's book

    I think you will be flabbergasted at his ability. Innovators and thinkers of that caliber of genius are never out of date. For example, Richard Feynman in his late 70s was still very much on top of things in the world of physics. These guys' brains never slow down. Wozniak is a kid at heart... kids still have passion at his age... and ability.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    oh brother

    This loser wears his reputation around his waist. The only innovative thing he ever came up with was being friends with Jobs. Why people worship this hanger-oner I'll never know.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Troll go home

    Woz was a top-notch engineer and I'm sure will be a real contributor. Yeah, he's not going to dust off his patents that allowed Apple to store 800K on a 3.5" floppy when the PC world was storing 720K (I think the innovation was variable speed rotation to allow for denser storage along the outer edge relative to the inner edge), but he's a creative thinker and problem solver and that doesn't go out of style.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Dear "Guest"

    Go find a copy of the original Apple II "red book" technical reference and really, really, read it. Or take the screws off the original Apple Disk ][ and look at something literally invented by Woz with programming help Randy Wiggington. Or the Integrated Woz Machine drive controller... or hires APple II graphics... or the original Apple Integer BASIC (written on paper without a working computer and hand assembled into machine code). Without him Jobs would have been selling air instead of six million computers.

    "hanger-oner". Right.

    And many thanks to testudo for being proof of his own point.

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