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Loring Wirbel
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Re: Scenario for high-volume production?
Loring Wirbel   8/2/2011 12:29:55 PM
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You've both identified the critical question.  Ferroelectric thin films have been able to move into production very easily for simple functions like RF substrates - folks like Matsushita, Panasonic use them regularly but don't talk about it.  Nonvolatile memory, less successfully.  Ramtron has had a decent specialty memory business for years, and has licensed tech to IBM, but it's never been at the right function and price point to challenge flash memory.  Then, when we get to nano-structures for energy harvesting, well, you just upped the ante by ? factor of 5?  factor of 10?  I will bet that some ferro-nano amorphous technologies will emerge for solar PV cells, but there will be plenty of them that will never get out of the lab!

 

Douglas Smock
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Re: Scenario for high-volume production?
Douglas Smock   8/2/2011 11:34:53 AM
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The bridge to high-volume production is a big one. It's amazing how much technology is fantastic on lab scale but not practical as a production material. It takes a ton of time, patience, money and conviction to get to the goal post.

Beth Stackpole
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Scenario for high-volume production?
Beth Stackpole   8/2/2011 8:08:05 AM
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Technology sounds promising. But what exactly has to be in place to support high-volume production?



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