integrated circuit products worldwide, is based on seminal patents with sidewall oxides and self-aligned, silicided gates, sources, and drains patented by Al and his colleagues. They pioneered the charge coupled dynamic random access memory (RAM) cell, the Hi-C dynamic RAM cell, the grounded gate dynamic RAM cell, and leakage current analyses of dynamic memory structures. His patents on the Hi-C MOS dynamic RAM cell and the grounded gate MOS dynamic RAM cell have been used by most dynamic RAM manufacturers in the multibillion-dollar semiconductor industry. In 1978, Al was honored as a Texas Instruments fellow for his contributions to charge coupled devices and MOS dynamic memory technology. He was appointed associate director of the Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Laboratory in the Central Research Laboratories at Texas Instruments in 1980.
Al joined Motorola in July 1982, leading the start-up of the company’s most advanced MOS integrated circuit manufacturing facility in Austin. In January 1984 he was promoted to director of the Advanced Products Research and Development Laboratory (APRDL), the laboratory with responsibility for the technological development of Motorola’s new MOS memory, microprocessor, and logic products. A major endeavor in this responsibility was the move of APRDL from Phoenix to Austin and the start-up of a new R&D facility in 1984–1985. During this period, Al recruited me to Motorola to assist in this enormously challenging and complex program. I was drawn to join him in his vision of changing the organization, the technology, and the company. Al worked tirelessly to build the new R&D organization in Austin while keeping the Phoenix operation going. He had the highest expectations, continually striving to improve the ways in which we worked. Throughout this daunting project he exhibited the highest integrity and demanded the most of himself. During the simultaneous operation of the labs in Arizona and Texas, he was on a plane for 39 of 52 weeks in 1984, personally supporting both teams. He was appointed vice president of the technical staff of Motorola in February 1985.