Ovonics: A collection of technologies based on work done in the 1950s by Stanford Ovshinsky. Ovshinsky studied the electrical properties of doped amorphous silicates ("glasses"). Ovshinsky was able to demonstrate light to electrical conversion in amorphous materials in the 1950s. Although his technologies have typically not yielded efficiencies comparable to crystalline materials, they have always held out the possibility of cheap manufacture.
In recent years, ovonics based technologies have come into use or are being investigated in conjunction with rewritable CDROMs, rewritable DVDs, High storage capacity batteries, flexible solar panels, and most recently in very high density, high efficiency, memory cells being investigated by Intel.
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