Rubicon Technology Ships 400,000th 6-Inch Sapphire Wafer

Bensenville, Illinois-based Rubicon Technology, Inc., a provider of
sapphire substrates and products, announced that it has shipped a
total of 400,000 six-inch sapphire wafers to LED manufacturing and
silicon-on-sapphire/RFIC markets. The company points out that
sapphire is a key building block for LEDs for general lighting and
backlighting technology in consumer products such as HDTVs, laptops,
smart phones and tablets. In addition to LEDs the company’s sapphire
substrates have gone into 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.

 Raja M. Parvez, President and CEO of Rubicon Technology
stated, “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
adoption worldwide.”