Superconductor Technologies Inc. Completes Acceptance of Reactive Coevaporation Cyclic Deposition and Reaction (RCE-CDR)

Superconductor Technologies Inc. Completes Acceptance of Reactive
Coevaporation Cyclic Deposition and Reaction (RCE-CDR) Equipment for Its
Conductus(R) 2G HTS Wire Production

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies
Inc. (Nasdaq:SCON) ("STI"), a world leader in the development and production
of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated
technologies, completed the acceptance process for its next generation
Reactive Coevaporation Cyclic Deposition and Reaction (RCE-CDR) system. STI's
engineers completed testing at the supplier's location and the equipment has
been received at the company's Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in
Austin for installation.

"This pilot production RCE-CDR system, capable of producing 100 meter lengths
of HTS wire, will demonstrate to our customers the high yield, uniformity and
repeatability of our proprietary process," said Adam Shelton, STI's VP of
Marketing and Product Line Management. "At the same, we will also validate
several critical machine design parameters that we plan to integrate into the
kilometer length manufacturing system scheduled for 2013."

"This equipment delivery represents the second of the three system
installations scheduled for 2012. Our Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD)
machine was installed in April. Now operational, it provides wire template
that will be used in the RCE-CDR machine. Our third piece of equipment, the
Solution Deposition Planarization (SDP) machine, is currently completing
system integration testing with delivery scheduled in the next several weeks.
STI expects to have a complete 2G HTS production suite installed and
operational in our new Austin facility by 2012 year end," Shelton added.


Conductus^® unique RCE-CDR HTS deposition offers a key advantage to
successfully commercialize HTS wire for large, emerging markets. Importantly,
HTS deposition using RCE-CDR requires fewer manufacturing steps than alternate
deposition methods like MOD, MOCVD and PLD. Fewer steps reduce total
processing time and increase the likelihood of higher yield. Conductus highly
controlled RCE-CDR deposition process grows crystalline structures from very
low cost raw materials in their bulk, solid state. Other YBCO growth
approaches are not as controlled and usually require the use of costly
chemical mixtures to deposit HTS materials. The competing processes require
more buffer layers for proper crystal growth which increases complexity and
runtimes and reduces yield. The Conductus growth process is simple, repeatable
and commercially proven. In addition to the lower direct cost of raw materials
and the use of inexpensive substrate material, Conductus manufacturing process
is designed for high throughput and a large HTS growth area. Fewer process
steps allows for less production equipment per km of wire, which in turn
translates into lower capital expenditures, less electricity use and a smaller
production footprint.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc.(STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Austin, TX, has been a
world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as
well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a
decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network
enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is
currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering,
HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and
high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging
power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions
and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D. Superconductor
Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under
the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit

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