If U.S. companies can get within 10 - 15% on cost and there is a big MADE IN USA on the box, then U.S. buyers will likely buy American. Many will not pay 25% more (or more) just to buy American. With cost of shipping rising, hopefully U.S. job applicants and companies will be happy with jobs and some profit. Time will tell.
The U.S. jobs angle is nice for marketing and article titles-- and that's about all it's worth. Semiconductor production tools are an international market. A pilot plant in Mississippi is good. But the same solar cell lines will be set up in China. So how's going to be any different than what happened with more traditional Si solar cell production? I'm all for lower cost solar cells, but the cited associated potential U.S. jobs are rather unlikely to materialize.
Nope. Company executives said the two earlier versions were prototypes, and that they wanted to have a production version ready to go when Twin Creeks went public with the system in March. I believe they were also setting up and fine-tuning their production facility just outside Memphis. During my visit, Siva Sivaram was able to show me the shop floor via closed-circuit TV camera from his office in San Jose.
Making the machines that make solar cells -- it's a fascinating story. I wonder how big an investment Twin Creeks has made thus far to develop and make Hyperion. More importantly, though, just to be a devil's advocate, I wonder why he makes Hyperion here in the United States, rather than in China, where the demand seems to be much bigger.
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.