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Sapphire pricing drops 30% in September due to weak demand in LED market, says report

Oct 1, 15:48

The average monthly price of sapphire has fallen by more than 30% on year in September 2015, according to LEDinside. This decline is the result of suppliers expanding their production...

Monocrystal expanding sapphire capacity to target global share of 30%, say Taiwan makers

Jun 24, 12:30

Russia-based Monocrystal is expanding its monthly sapphire production capacity from 4.0 million 2-inch wafers in equivalent currently to 5.0 million units to target a global market...

Sapphire makers seeing strong orders in March

Mar 27, 15:17

Patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) maker Rigidtech Microelectronics is seeing strong orders in March and expects continued growth into April, with 4-inch units expected to be at the...

China sapphire makers Biel crystal, Lens Technology expand capacities

Mar 17, 10:50

China-based sapphire makers Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, in view of growing adoption of sapphire optical applications in wearable devices and smartphones, have expanded...

Taiwan LED makers to adopt 6-inch sapphire wafers

Mar 10, 22:36

As prices for 6-inch sapphire wafers are on the decline and China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers are increasing their use of 4-inch sapphire wafers, Taiwan-based LED makers...

Over 30 million mm of 2-inch equivalent sapphire ingots will be used for Apple Watch covers in 2015, says firm

Mar 10, 14:46

A total of 30.8 million millimeters of two-inch equivalent sapphire ingots will be used for Apple Watch covers in 2015. This accounts for 18% of sapphire ingots produced worldwide...

GT Advanced Technologies to sell sapphire furnaces

Dec 24, 11:51

GT Advanced Technologies has announced that following the bankruptcy court's recent approval of its settlement agreement with Apple, GT is now pursuing ASF furnace opportunities for...

Xiaomi may adopt sapphire for covers of 5.7-inch smartphone

Dec 23, 11:42

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology is likely to adopt sapphire for protective covers of Xiaomi 5, its 5.7-inch flagship model that will be showcased at the 2015 Consumer...

AMD expanding into China Internet cafe market

Dec 11, 14:56

AMD hosted i-Cafe Conference in China on December 10, forming partnerships with hardware companies such as Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), Asustek Computer, Micro-Star...

AMD i-Cafe Conference in Beijing, China

Digitimes Research: GTAT woes disrupt sapphire industry

Oct 16, 11:14

GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) move to seek bankruptcy protection on October 6 came as a surprise to the IT industry especially because the maker was a major supplier of Apple for...

GTAT financial woes likely stem from low yield rates, say Taiwan makers

Oct 9, 11:07

US-based sapphire ingot producer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has applied for bankruptcy protection possibly because its HEM technology-based ingot growing process has seen much...

Digitimes Research: US$30 to be competitive price for 5.5-inch sapphire covers to be adopted by smartphone vendors other than Apple in 2015

Sep 5, 15:39

Whether major smartphone vendors follow Apple to adopt sapphire-screen covers will hinge on cost, and US$30 for a 5.5-inch sapphire-cover will be a competitive price in 2015, according...

Use of sapphire in smartphones may take off in 2015, say Taiwan makers

Aug 27, 12:00

Following the use of sapphire to make covers for the home button and camera of the iPhone 5, China- and South Korea-based smartphone vendors are considering the adoption of sapphire,...

Digitimes Research: GTAT estimated to supply up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhone sapphire covers in 2014

Aug 22, 10:55

US-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the exclusive sapphire supplier for Apple, is estimated to supply enough sapphire to make covers for up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhones...

Digitimes Research: Sapphire demand to reach over 108 million mm in 2015

Aug 12, 10:57

Global demand for sapphire for use in LED and optical applications (such as smartphone covers) will reach 80.084 million mm of 2-inch equivalent ingots in 2014 and increase 36.1%...

Han's Laser and Goodfeel to attend Touch Taiwan 2014

Jul 24, 14:34

China's largest laser equipment maker Han's Laser and sapphire processing player Goodfeel Technology will attend Touch Taiwan 2014, August 27-29 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang...

Patterned sapphire substrate market value in 2014 to reach US$711 million, says LEDinside

Jul 1, 21:05

Strong LED market demand in 2014 has led to expanded patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) production capacity, according to LEDinside. The 4-inch PSS market is currently facing supply...

Wearable devices such as iWatch to spur sapphire market demand in 2015, says LEDinside

Jun 11, 15:29

Apple's reported iWatch, which is expected to be released in late 2014, will use sapphire watch covers, according to research firm LEDinside. If iWatch sales reach market estimations...

Cover glass makers turn to sapphire to raise growth prospects, says DisplaySearch

Jun 9, 13:45

After several years of growth, the cover glass market is expected to slow. However, improvements in applications and materials used in cover glass manufacturing could help to stimulate...

Sapphire substrate applications expected to expand in handsets, says LEDinside

May 27, 16:21

Out of sapphire substrate non-LED applications, mobile devices have shown the strongest demand. Sapphire substrate non-LED applications are projected to reach a 32% share in 2014,...

Digitimes Research: Global sapphire capacity to remain unchanged in 2014

Apr 10, 16:02

Global leaders in the sapphire industry, in attempts to return to profits from losses incurred in 2012-2013, will focus on increasing utilization rates rather than expand capacities...

Sapphire ingot prices to continue to hike in 2Q14

Mar 20, 15:27

Prices of 2-inch sapphire ingots are expected to hike 11% sequentially and 43% on year to US$5/mm in the second quarter of 2014 after surging at an annual rate of 61% to US$4.5/mm...

Digitimes Research: GTAT may supply only 9.0-16.6% of iPhone sapphire screen covers in 2014

Mar 14, 16:27

US-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) is setting up a factory in Arizona for exclusive supply of sapphire to Apple, with the factory to be able to meet only 9.0-16.6% of demand...

Tera Xtal expects sapphire wafers to be in short supply beginning 1Q14

Jan 2, 10:57

Sapphire wafer maker Tera Xtal Technology expects global supply of sapphire wafers to be short beginning the first quarter of 2014 due to increasing use in smartphones and other mobile...

HTC, LG may use sapphire in flagship smartphones in 2014

Dec 27, 15:01

Smartphone vendors HTC and LG Electronics will likely adopt sapphire home buttons in order to add fingerprint recognition in their next-generation flagship models, the HTC One 2 and...

Sapphire pushing into motherboard industry

Dec 25, 22:17

Hong Kong-based motherboard vendor Sapphire has recently started pushing its motherboard shipments in China, aiming to acquire market share from second-tier vendors such as ASRock...

Sapphire ingot supplier Acme to return to profitability in 4Q13

Dec 3, 20:03

Buoyed by rising sales generated by its sapphire ingot-making subsidiary USI Optronics, ferrite core maker Acme Electronics is expected to return to profitability in the fourth quarter...

Digitimes Research: GTAT able to supply sapphire for over 30 million iPhone screen covers due to Apple funding

Nov 8, 14:54

US-based crystal growth solution and equipment provider GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has announced that Apple will pre-pay US$578 million to secure sapphire supply. GTAT will be...

Demand for sapphire for handsets to grow 25-30%, says GTAT

Oct 23, 14:44

Demand for sapphire for use in handsets is estimated to grow 25-30%, according to US-based crystal growth equipment and solution provider GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT).

Sapphire prices expected to rise 10-15% in 1Q14 or 2Q14

Oct 21, 10:42

Prices for sapphire, due to potential extended use in smartphones, are expected to increase 10-15% in the first or second quarter of 2014, Taiwan-based makers cited Russia-based sapphire...

Sapphire substrate market to nearly triple as demand booms for covers in smartphones, says IHS

Oct 15, 16:09

Traditionally employed to make LEDs, sapphire substrates now are being used by Apple and other smartphone vendors as covers for camera lenses and home buttons, contributing to a rapid...

Digitimes Research: STC to expand sapphire ingot capacity

Oct 1, 12:13

With more and more smartphones and other portable devices adopting sapphire as cover glass, sapphire ingot vendor Sapphire Technology Company (STC) is looking to double its production...

Sapphire to be used in new iPad, say Taiwan makers

Sep 18, 11:32

Apple is expected to extend the use of sapphire glass home keys to its new 9.7-inch iPad and 7.9-inch iPad mini to be launched in October, and possibly further adopt sapphire for...

Four Taiwan sapphire wafer/ingot makers to expand capacities, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 16, 14:44

Crystalwise Technology, Crystal Applied Technology, Procrystal Technology and USI Optronics, four Taiwan-based sapphire wafer or ingot makers, will expand their production capacities,...

Crystal Applied, Crystalwise supply sapphire wafers for use in iPhone 5s, say Taiwan makers

Sep 11, 21:23

Crystal Applied Technology and Crystalwise Technology have become suppliers of sapphire wafers used to make covers for the iPhone 5s home key which features fingerprint recognition,...

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    GT ASF grown sapphire boules

    Equipment firm GT Advanced Technologies has announced the release of the studies that demonstrated all sapphire, regardless of source, exhibits color at the core level, that the pink...

    Photo: Company, Dec 13.

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    SEMICON Taiwan 2011: Atecom showcases sapphire ingots

    Taiwan-based semiconductor material supplier Atecom Technology showcased its sapphire crystals at SEMICON Taiwan 2011 in early September. Headquartered in Taipei, Atecom has been...

    Photo: Jackie Chang, DIGITIMES, Sep 16.

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    Atecom Technology showcases sapphire crystals in SEMICON Taiwan 2011

    Taiwan-based semiconductor material supplier Atecom Technology showcased sapphire crystals at SEMICON Taiwan 2011. Headquartered in Taipei, Atecom has been supplying materials such...

    Photo: Jackie Chang, DIGITIMES, Sep 14.

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    AMD ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card

    AMD has announced the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card, the latest addition to the line-up of ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics cards. The ATI Radeon HD 5450...

    Photo: Company, Feb 11.

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    AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card

    AMD has launched its next-generation ATI Radeon HD 5800 series graphics cards supporting Microsoft DirectX 11, the new gaming and compute standard shipping shortly with Windows 7...

    Photo: Company, Nov 3.

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