Dr. Yiming Huai serves as CTO and VP of Technology & Foundry Business at Avalanche Technology, a world’s leading provider of STT MRAM technology and products. He leads Avalanche STT MRAM technology/product development and manufacturing in collaboration with top-tier foundries.
Prior to joining Avalanche, Dr. Huai was co-founder, board member and CTO of Grandis, Inc., a pioneer in Spin Transfer Torque MRAM (STT MRAM). Grandis was acquired by Samsung in 2011. While at Grandis, Yiming successfully raised more than $30 M in private and government funding. He led the team to first demonstrate spin transfer switching in magnetic tunnel junctions, creating a foundation for STT MRAM commercialization. Prior to Grandis, Dr. Huai served as Sr. Director of Thin Film of Manufacturing at Read-Rite Corporation (now Western Digital) from 1996 to 2002, where he led the development and volume production of industry leading GMR heads for hard disk drives. He previously worked as a Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Physics, from University of Montreal in Canada. He has an H-index of 87 with more than 20,500 citations. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 papers, holds more than 180 issued patents. He has delivered over 90 keynote and invited speeches on STT MRAM technology and commercialization.