Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC) (often abbreviated to WD) is one
of the largest computer hard disk drive manufacturers in the world.
It has a long history in the electronics industry as an integrated
circuit maker and a storage products company. Western Digital was
founded on April 23, 1970 by Alvin B. Phillips, a Motorola employee, as
General Digital, initially (and briefly) a manufacturer of MOS test
equipment. It rapidly became a speciality semiconductor maker, with
start-up capital provided by several individual investors and industrial
giant Emerson Electric Company. Around July 1971 it adopted its current
name and soon introduced its first product, the WD1402A UART.