Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin Portrait

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant.  He has over 40 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at several companies as well as 20 years as a respected consultant.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which is now in it’s second edition with Springer. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage sndf Memory Technical and Business Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE (he is Past President of IEEE-USA, Past Chair of the IEEE New Initiatives Committee, Past Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6, Past Chair and still active in the IEEE Santa Clara Valley section and active in the Consumer Technology Society) and other professional organizations.  Tom is the founder and organizer of the Storage Visions Conferences ( as well as the Creative Storage Conferences ( He was the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit for 10 years.  He is an IEEE Fellow, HKN member, and a board member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications go to