Kingston Technology Never Forgets
10/12/2010 by: Darleen Hartley
Kingston Technology Company has never forgotten the people and partners who helped it become, and sustain, a successful business for over 23 years. The company began life with in 1987 with one product developed by John Tu and David Sun – a Single In-Line Memory Module [SIMM] that used readily available, older technology through-hole components. Their latest release is coming out from Kingston Digital, their Flash memory affiliate, which is shipping its first 32GB microSDHC class card today.
Now that smartphones have become a powerful multifunctional tool, a need for additional portable storage has surfaced. The 32GB microSDHC card can store almost 29,000 photos, more than 6,000 songs, and 2,000 plus minutes of video. It passed tests on the HTC Evo 4G and Shadow, the Motorola Droid X, RIM’s Blackberry Bold 9000, and Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. The card uses a FAT32 file format.
It has a variety of adapters including SD and miniSD so that one card can be used in many devices. It ships with a small USB reader for easy data transfers with a minimum 4MB/seccond data transfer rate. With a lifetime warranty and 24/7 support, this is an attractive buy ranging from $153 to $159.
Over its nearly quarter of a century history, the company has grown to over 2,000 memory products for computers, servers and printers, as well as MP3 players, digital cameras, and mobile phones. Its sales hit $4.1 billion in 2009. Fortune Magazine ranked it as one of the Best Companies to Work for in America. They also have facilities and offices world wide, including China, Taiwan, England, Ireland, Canada, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. One of its functions is to provide contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
In 1993, Kingston expanded into networking and storage product lines. It joined the Billion-Dollar Club in 1995 when its sales exceeded $1.3 billion and thanked its employees in print in major newspapers. When SoftBank of Japan acquired 80 percent of Kingston [which they later bought back] and Kingston teamed up to provide memory upgrades for Toshiba PCs, the employees got $100 million in bonuses.
Back in 2000 Kingston expanded, launching Advanced Validation Labs to provide memory validation services, and spun off its Storage Products Division into a new company, StorCase Technology. Not sitting still, the company continued to innovate and in 2002, launched patented EPOC chip-stacking technology, and quickly set out its "Green Initiative" for module manufacturing. It is compliant with EU RoHS for being lead free and eliminating five other banned substances from their products. The company also meet requirements of China RoHS regarding product life, EU-WEEE for recycling of products and packaging, and Storm-Water Prevention to protect waterways and oceans from processing plant pollutants.
The year 2004 saw hardware-based security encryption, and Kingston partnered with AMD in its Athlon 64 and Opteron. The company received a US patent on a dynamic burn-in tester for server memory the following year, then it launched Fully-Buffered DIMMS [FB-DIMMs] breaking the 16GB barrier.
Kingston Technology continued to grow in 2006 with Flash sales, and their growth hasn’t slowed down since. Inc Magazine put the company sixth in their "America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies" list. Kingston prides itself in its continuing loyalty to distributors and resellers. Alliances with key companies, such as AMD, Apple, Dell, IBM, Infineon, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Sparc, Sun, Toshiba, ViewSonic, have contributed to Kingston’s success.
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