Tom Coughlin Associates


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Coughlin Associates
T. M. Coughlin has degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science from the University of Minnesota. His 20+ years of magnetic recording experience included flexible tape and floppy as well as rigid disk recording at such companies as Polaroid, Seagate Technology, Maxtor, Micropolis, Nashua Computer Products, Ampex and SyQuest. He has been active with IDEMA where he is chairman or a member of several committees and currently leads the IDEMA Standards activities. He is a senior member of the IEEE, was publicity chairman of the 1992, 1996, 2002, and 2004 TMRC conferences and is a past chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Magnetics Society and current chairman of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE PACE. He has organized magnetic recording Symposia from 1997-2002 for IIST at Santa Clara University where he is also an adjunct professor. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, Association of Computer Machinery, American Physical Society and the American Vacuum Society.

Tom CoughlinSince 1997 Tom has worked with Dennis Waid at Peripheral Research Corporation co-writing several of the annual PRC reports including the Computer Peripheral Test and Process Equipment Report. He is the co-author of the 2004 Entertainment and Digital Media Storage Report. He has given technology and market assessment presentations at the annual Storage Visions Conference that he organizes (see, IDEMA and IIST Symposia and for the IEEE Magnetics Society. He is also co-organizer with Farid Neema of the annual Network Storage Conference ( He has published over 50 articles, reports, technical papers and presentations. He has provided marketing, intellectual property and technology assessments and projections for several data storage technology companies, company analysts, and venture capitalists including Network Appliance, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, and The Woodside Fund. In addition he has served as project and general manager for technical projects involving budgets of several million dollars.


Thomas M. Coughlin, President
408-978-8184 (phone/fax)
408-202-5098 (cell)
Office Address
9460 Carmel Road
Atascadero, CA 93422
Tel: (408) 978-8184
Fax: (408) 978-8184

Discounted Technical Papers
Coughlin Associates offers technical reports. Some information is available free to the public. STA members receive a 10% discount off for-pay reports. Please indicate that you are a STA member to receive the discount. Go to the following website to see report summaries and to order reports.