I doubt it. This co. goes WAY back. It was started in the very early '70s as I recall by Stanley Ovishinsky, an EE and self-taught physicist. At the time, the conventional wisdom was that semiconduction was a phenomenon limited to crystalline structures; he proved it was possible to create useful devices with non-crystalline amorphous((glassy) materials, with much lower processing costs and fewer limitations. The whole concept was pooh-poohed by the scientific establishment, and he fought for quite a few years until there was grudging recognition that his theory was in fact correct. The technologies he pioneered lie at the core of many electronic devices and structures today. He died some years back, recognized as the father of the science of "ovonics" (named for him). Maybe 25 years ago, he recognized the biggest potential applications would be in solar cells and batteries (hence the name of his company, Energy Conversion Devices). Their current problems stem mostly from a severe GLUT of overcapacity in the amorphous semi supplier base (like 66 different companies world-wide), all trying to profit from the overblown promises of the solar power industry. Do some research!
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.