Stan Ovshinsky died on October 17th 2012. Energy Conversion Devices is at the tail-end of bankruptcy liquidation. Micron is buying the 1/3 of Ovonyx that ECD owned for 12 million. NOW Micron is producing PCM at a good pace. Dag-nabbit!
I had missed Ron NEale's two articles on crystal electrodes that are linked in the "related information" box. (top-right) He seems to be learning more about the peculiar mechanisms in play.
Micron's recent patents indicate that they are now a powerhouse in R&D. The world will benefit greatly from the fruits of their research. I do not expect Intel to let Micron run loose for much longer. Time will tell eh?
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