Company Continues Market Leadership Supplying Large Diameter
Sapphire Wafers to LED and SoS/RFIC Markets
BENSENVILLE, Ill. -- (Business Wire)
Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCN) a leading provider of sapphire
substrates and products to the LED, semiconductor, and optical
industries, today announced that it has shipped a total of 400,000
six-inch sapphire wafers to LED manufacturing and SoS/RFIC markets.
Sapphire is a key building block for LEDs – the most energy-efficient
technology for general lighting and the dominant backlighting technology
in consumer products such as HDTVs, laptops, smart phones and tablets. A
second significant market for sapphire is Silicon-on-Sapphire (SoS)
Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs). SoS RFIC chips deliver high
RF performance with low power consumption, a small form factor, and
significantly reduced crosstalk in antenna applications that are
pervasive in smart phones and other consumer devices.
As the global technology leader for sapphire, Rubicon was first to
develop large diameter sapphire wafers for use in the RFIC market and
further developed large diameter sapphire wafers to meet the specific
needs of the LED industry.
“This latest milestone demonstrates Rubicon’s continuing leadership in
the volume delivery of high quality large-diameter sapphire wafers,”
said Raja M. Parvez, President and CEO of Rubicon Technology. “Our
emphasis on vertical integration – achieving cost efficiencies and
control of sapphire production – enables us to scale production and
ensures our customers an unparalleled, reliable supply of high quality,
large diameter sapphire wafers that meet their unique and exacting
specifications. Rubicon’s capabilities are increasingly important as LED
manufacturers seek to reduce costs throughout the manufacturing process
to make LED-based lighting more affordable for consumers and encourage
LED chips are necessary for the backlighting in consumer devices and the
new wave of energy efficient LED lighting. IMS
Research estimates that the overall LED market will reach nearly
$10.9 billion in 2012 with $2.9 billion in lighting. By 2015, IMS
projects that the LED market will reach $13.9 billion with the lighting
market nearly doubling to $5.8 billion in three years.
About Rubicon Technology
Rubicon Technology, Inc. is an advanced electronic materials provider
that is engaged in developing, manufacturing and selling monocrystalline
sapphire and other crystalline products for light-emitting diodes
(LEDs), radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), blue laser diodes,
optoelectronics and other optical applications. The Company applies its
proprietary crystal growth technology to produce very high-quality
sapphire in a form that allows for volume production of various sizes
and orientations of substrates and windows. Rubicon is a
vertically-integrated manufacturer with capabilities in crystal growth,
high precision core drilling, wafer slicing, surface lapping,
large-diameter polishing and wafer cleaning processes, which the Company
employs to convert the bulk crystal into products with the quality and
precision specified by its customers. The Company is the world leader in
larger diameter products to support next-generation LED, RFIC and
optical window applications.
Further information is available at www.rubicon-es2.com.
Garfield Group Public Relations
Beth Hespe, 215-867-8600 x235
Source: Rubicon Technology, Inc.