7. FLASH DRIVE [The seventh of 8 Malaysian inventions]
All your assignments, all your movies, and songs stored into one little device. Who ever knew it was all because of the work of one Malaysian?
The inventor : Pua Khein Seng.
What it is: A USB Flash drive is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface.
How did it happen? The former Pin Hwa High School student left Malaysia at the age of 19 to pursue his degree in electrical and control engineering at Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. During his third year at Chiao Tung, he began conducting research into flash memory technology. Pua founded Phison Electronics with four partners and produced the world's first USB flash drive with system-on-chip technology in 2001.