Knut is an Intel Fellow and leads an R&D group responsible for developing new mainstream storage innovations for Intel platforms. His team develops the core technology behind Intel’s new high-performance solid-state drive (SSD), as well as contributes to the definition and evolution of several storage interfaces including ONFi (Open NAND Flash Interface), NVMHCI (Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface), and Serial ATA.
Knut joined Intel in 1993 as a hardware engineer in the Intel Architecture Labs where his primary focus was on improving the storage performance of Intel’s entry into the standard high-volume server segment. His focus transitioned to mainstream storage optimization techniques where his contributions included disk reorganization techniques for improved application launch performance. Knut then drove definition of the Serial ATA disk drive interface standard and its subsequent evolutions and enhancements, which continues today. His current primary focus is on solid state storage technologies including approaches to make efficient use of NAND flash in the platform and new technologies for high-performance NAND-based SSDs.
He received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University. He also holds 31 U.S. patents and has served as chairman of the board of directors for both the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) and the Open NAND Flash Interface organization (ONFi).