Superconductor Technologies Inc. Completes 2G HTS Wire Production Suite

Superconductor Technologies Inc. Completes 2G HTS Wire Production Suite

Accepts Solution Deposition Planarization (SDP) Equipment for HTS Wire

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 12, 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, has completed acceptance testing of its Solution Deposition
Planarization (SDP) system. The equipment has been shipped and received at
STI's Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Austin.

"We now have our complete 2G HTS wire production suite on site at our new
Austin facility," said Adam Shelton, STI's VP of Marketing and Product Line
Management. "We expect to have the system completely installed and operational
by 2012 year end. Achieving this program milestone positions us to meet the
growing demand for our Conductus® wire in 2013 and begin preparations for
commercial production in 2014."

The SDP and Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) machine that was installed in
April will work together to produce one kilometer lengths of complete wire
template. This template will be used in the next generation Reactive
Coevaporation Cyclic Deposition and Reaction (RCE-CDR) system that was
installed in October. The RCE-CDR system deposits the HTS material onto the
template using STI's proprietary process.

About Solution Deposition Planarization (SDP)

SDP is a foundational step in STI's Conductus wire manufacturing process used
to increase power densities at the same time being optimized for low cost and
high throughput. SDP serves two very important roles: planarization and a
diffusion barrier.

For proper growth of superconducting materials, surface conditions must be
very smooth. SDP creates a smooth starting surface, while eliminating the need
to polish the template, reducing both cost and chemical waste. This process
eliminates strong acids associated with electroplating alternatives. STI has
produced SDP templates with one nanometer root mean square (RMS) surface
roughness starting from unpolished metal tape. The SDP also acts as a
diffusion barrier, blocking metal contaminates from the substrate passing into
the superconducting layers.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered inAustin, 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.Superconductor Technologies Inc.'scommon stock is listed
on theNASDAQ Capital Marketunder the ticker symbol "SCON." For more
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in attaining milestones to develop and manufacture commercial lengths of our
HTS wire; customer acceptance of our HTS wire; fluctuations in product demand
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