About DSI



  • DSI was awarded the NSCC outstanding High Performance Computing (HPC) scientific award.


  • Dr Noriaki Horiuchi, Associate editor of Nature Photonics visited DSI to explore cutting-edge research work on Photonics.
  • DSI’s research on “Generalised Brewster effect in dielectric metasurfaces” was featured in Nature Communications.
  • DSI scientist, Dr Arseniy Kuznetsov clinched prestigious international IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize 2016
  • DSI scientist, Prof Boris Lukiyanchuk was conferred the 2016 World Scientific Physics Research Award and Gold Medal by the Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS)


  • DSI clinched the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award for the project “ABSolution: Advanced Software Package for Nanometer Spaced Head-Disk Interface Design and Simulation”.
  • DSI was relocated to Fusionopolis Two, an R&D hub that accelerates cross-disciplinary, innovation, discovery and collaboration in one-north.
  • DSI showcased its Database Booster technology at SME Day 2015. The optimised system software was designed for high speed NAS servers and high performance database servers.
  • DSI’s work on nanophotonics was featured in the August issue of Nature Photonics’ news and views segment.
  • DSI participated in Science Jubilee @ one-north event, a showcase of the success of one-north as a hub for research and innovation, and the diversity of the public and private research activities in Singapore.


  • DSI Scientist, Guillaume Georges Vienne was elected as one of the 2014 OSA Fellows. Individual OSA Members were elected for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics.
  • DSI showcased innovative next generation Non-Volatile Memory systems and solutions at CeBIT 2014. Some of these included a new range of advanced file system design, hardware controllers, emerging disk technologies and new programming paradigm targeted at Non-Volatile Memories (NVM) of the future that will enhance storage and processing efficiencies in data centres.
  • DSI Scientist, Shengkai Yu was awarded the ISPS 2014 Best Paper award for his work on "Operational Shock Response of Ultrathin Hard Disk Drives".


  • IDA and DSI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September to jointly develop innovative cloud computing-powered technological solutions for the benefit of local ICT companies. This collaboration seeks to promote and accelerate the adoption of cloud-based technologies by local ICT companies through solutions that will enhance efficiency and productivity based on industry needs.
  • DSI Principal Scientist, Professor Boris Luk’yanchuk was awarded the prestigious President’s Science Award 2013 for his outstanding input to the theory of laser-matter interactions and light scattering by nanoparticles, in particular to Fano resonance in plasmonic materials.
  • DSI hosted the closing workshop for the Integrative Approach for 10 Tb/in2 Magnetic Recording Research Programme in November. Launched in March 2010, the programme aims to pre-position the local hard disk drive research community for the ultra-high recording density era as the areal density of the hard disk drive enters the uncharted multi-Tb/in2 regime.


  • DSI held a gala dinner on 1 November 2012 at Resorts World Sentosa to commemorate 20 years of excellence.
  • Official launch of the “A-Drive” by Mr. S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry. The “A-Drive” is one of the world’s thinnest 5mm hybrid hard drive in 2.5’’ form factor.
  • In conjunction with the anniversary celebrations, DSI organized three concurrent conferences to gather renowned speakers with expertise in hard disk drives, storage devices and systems and advanced memory technologies to share insights in scientific research and market trends.
  • DSI also won the Patent Power Award 2012. This annual award recognizes the research institute with the most primary patents filed per budget dollar across the whole A*STAR family.


  • DSI signed an agreement with Hitachi Asia Singapore to work on a new generation of storage for genome sequencing.
  • A collaborative research agreement between DSI and Micron was inked to advance spin torque transfer magnetic RAM (STT-MRAM) research through a joint lab establishment to develop STTMRAM prototypes and manufacturing processes for knowledge transfer to the industry.
  • This was followed by a partnership with Seiko Instruments Inc. to develop pivot assembly for DSI’s 5mm hybrid hard disk drive.
  • DSI’s research scientist, Dr An Chengwu was awarded with the T-Up Excellence Award for his efforts in assisting Seidensha Singapore Pte Ltd, a local small-medium enterprise, enter a new market and secure over S$10 million in revenue.
  • DSI also co-organized the Magnetics Symposium 2011 with IEEE Magnetics Society Singapore Chapter.  


  • DSI had a leadership change, with industry veteran, Dr Pantelis Alexopoulos, taking over as Executive Director of the institute.
  • The DSI Hard Disk Media R&D Center was officially opened in May 2010.
  • DSI signed an agreement with hard disk drive manufacturer, Western Digital, to collaborate on the development of advanced head, media and hard drive system design for next generation disk drives.
  • One of DSI’s senior scientists, Prof Boris Lukiyanchuk, was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a prestigious scientific society with at least 30 Nobel laureates within its ranks.


  • DSI attachment student, Nicholas Chen from NUS High School of Math & Science won the Gold award at SSEF 2009
  • DSI Clinches INSIC Technical Achievement Award 2009
  • Visit by Peter Grunberg, Nobel Prize Laureate
  • Visit by Dr Oliver Graydon, Nature Photonics chief editor  


  • DSI’s Network Storage Technology (NST) Division moved into its new premises at the Fusionopolis 
  • DSI’s Advanced Failure Analysis Laboratory was accredited the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 
  • DSI co-hosted the 19th Magnetic Recording Conference in Singapore, the first time ever that the conference was held outside of the United States


  • DSI celebrated its 15th anniversary in the company of many friends, partners and associates from both industry and the academia, local and overseas 
  • Prof Mark Kryder, Chairman of DSI’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), was honored at the National Day’s Awards with the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat). Prof Kryder has been a member of the Institute’s SAB since its inception in 1992 
  • Dr Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, NATURE, visited DSI 
  • DSI's ‘All-In-One’ (AIO) Spindle Motor Tester was commercialised 
  • DSI and COPAN signed MOU to explore technology innovations in energy saving, power efficient storage systems in an effort to promote green storage in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. 
  • DSI and Fujitsu signed MOU to set up first storage area network (SAN) R&D center in Singapore


  • DSI’s spindle motor team was presented with the National Technology Award (NTA) in 2006 for their outstanding contributions to advanced micro motor technologies used in hard disk drive and miniaturized mechatronic systems. The winning team is led by Research scientist, Dr Bi Chao, with members senior research engineer, Dr Jiang Quan and senior research fellow, Dr Lin Song. 
  • DSI’s clinched the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award for the secong time in recognition of the research work on precision measurement of the nanometer spacing between head and media. The winning team comprises Dr Yuan Zhimin, Dr Leong Siang Huei and Mr Ng Kawei. 
  • DSI and SYMMATRIX collaborated to launch a Network Storage Product based on iSCSI Technology. 
  • Inventors of DSI's Wireless Storage Device (NUMIDA) turned technopreneurs to commercialize the proprietary wireless storage technology. 
  • DSI is re-certified with People Developer (PD) Standard by the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board. DSI becomes the first research institute in Singapore to be awarded the PD in 2002. 
  • DSI’s Senior Research Engineer, Dr Zhao Rong, clinched the Best Paper Presentation Award at the European Symposium on Phase Change and Ovonic Science (E*PCOS) 2006 for her paper on “Superlattice-like Phase Change Random Access Memory (PCRAM)”.


  • DSI’s slider team was presented with the National Technology Award (NTA) in 2005 for their outstanding contribution towards ultra-low flying height technology at sub-3nm that makes extremely high density magnetic data storage possible. The winning team was led by Research scientist, Dr Liu Bo, with senior research engineer, Dr Zhang Ming sheng and senior research officer, Mr Leonard Gonzaga. 
  • DSI clinched the prestigious INSIC Technical Achievement Award this year in recognition of pioneering work in developing a femto slider with the world’s lowest fly-height to support recording density of up to 1000Gb/in2 (1Tb/in2). DSI is the first institution outside USA to achieve this innovative breakthrough and to win this Award. 
  • DSI & Hitachi Asia signed an R&D agreement to collaborate on joint R&D projects. 
  • DSI and Brocade signed MOU to launch the SAN Solution Lab. 
  • DSI's proprietary wireless storage device, NUMIDA, was licensed to EDS Lab Pte Ltd for commercialisation. This personal storage device converges storage and wireless technologies, offering seamless data connectivity and mobility. The commercialised product will be marketed as the Wi-Drive.


  • DSI’s research team is presented with the National Technology Award (NTA) for their excellent optical disk research and invention of a multi-speed, multi-function optical disk. Research scientist, Dr Shi Luping and Dr Miao Xiangshui, and senior research engineer, Tan Pik Kee walked away with the honours. 
  • DSI’s research scientist, Dr Zheng Yuankai, named among the world’s top 100 young inventors in 2004 by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. 
  • DSI and Singapore Polytechnic officially launched the hard-disk media laboratory. 
  • DSI clinched the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award for the first time in recognition of the research work on Advanced Laser Microfabrication and Nanoengineering Technology. The winning team comprises of Dr Hong Minghui, Prof Boris Lukiyanchuk, Ms Wang Weijie and Dr An Chengwu.


  • DSI and IBM launch the DSI-IBM Storage Solution Centre for interoperability test, proof of concept, and benchmarking of storage solutions with third party solutions. 
  • Dr Wu Yihong, Program Manager of Nano Spin-Electronics Group, wins the NUS Young Researcher/Outstanding Researcher Award 2003 for his work on nanocarbons and spintronics with his team in DSI. Dr Wu is also an Associate Professor with NUS’ School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 
  • DSI’s and Singapore Polytechnic’s joint cleanroom is completed and commissioned. 
  • DSI wins the 2003 Innovation of the Year Award for its work on 3.5nm flying height sliders for terabyte capacity data storage.


  • DSI becomes the first research institute in Singapore to be awarded the People Developer Standard by the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board. 
  • DSI establishes the Network Storage Lab, the first vendor-neutral, open network storage lab in Asia. 
  • DSI relocates the entire Network Storage Technology Division. The Division currently occupies two floors at the Technopreneur Center (Ayer Rajah Crescent). 
  • DSI celebrates its tenth anniversary with a dinner attended by friends and partners of DSI. The occasion is graced by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education.


  • DSI establishes the second Temasek Professorship with NUS, with Professor Charanjit Bhatia, IBM as the recipient. 
  • DSI launches the DSHub.com portal.


  • BG(NS) George Yeo officially opens the DSI Building. 
  • DSI launches the Network Storage Division.


  • The Magnetic Heads Technology programme is established. 
  • DSI staffs are presented with the Outstanding University Researcher Award for the second year running, with Dr Wang Jianjiang, Mr Li Qing and Mr Jia Qingwei of the Coding and Signal Processing group walking away with the honours. 
  • DSI jointly establishes the Temasek Professorship with Nanyang Technological University, with Professor David Ewins, Imperial College, UK, as the first recipient.


  • DSI forms the second industry consortium: the DVD Consortium. 
  • DSI sees a change of Directorship, with Dr Low Teck Seng, Director of MTC and DSI since 1992, leaving to assume the position of Dean, Faculty of Engineering, NUS. 
  • Dr Chong Tow Chong undertakes the position of Director, DSI with effect from 8 August. 
  • The National Science and Technology Board, now known as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, or A*STAR, awards Dr Lu Yongfeng of the Laser Microprocessing Group the National Technology Award. 
  • Dr Liu Daming of the Laser Microprocessing Group achieves the honour of being the first DSI staff to win the NUS Outstanding University Researcher Award.


  • The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, officially launches DSI. 
  • The LaserResearch (S) Pte Ltd is incorporated. 
  • DSI’s first industry consortium is formed: the Multi-level Decision Feedback Equalizer Consortium. 
  • The Minister of Education, RAdm (NS) Teo Chee Hean, pays a visit.


  • MTC begins its operations as DSI. 
  • The Optical Technology Programme and the Media Programme are established. 
  • The Deputy Prime Minister, BG (NS) Lee Hsien Loong, pays DSI a visit.


  • Selected DSI staffs are appointed Department Teaching Associates at NUS, jointly supervising research students. 
  • The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, pays DSI a visit. 
  • The Minister of Education, Mr Lee Yock Suan, pays DSI a visit.


  • The MSc (Magnetic) programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is launched. 
  • DSI formulates its technology roadmaps till the year 2002.


  • DSI’s Corporate Membership Scheme is launched. 
  • DSI files its first patent: Identity Control for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors. 
  • DSI holds its first International Advisory Panel review meetings.


  • The National Science and Technology Board, now known as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, or A*STAR and the National University of Singapore (NUS) established the Magnetics Technology Centre (MTC).