Rubicon Technology and IMS Research Publish White Paper Highlighting “Opportunities for Sapphire”

  Rubicon Technology and IMS Research Publish White Paper Highlighting
  “Opportunities for Sapphire”

  New White Paper Examines the LED Market and Emerging Markets for Sapphire

Business Wire

BENSENVILLE, Ill. -- May 30, 2013

Rubicon Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCN) a leading provider of sapphire
substrates and products to the LED, semiconductor, and optical industries,
today announced the publication of a new white paper that examines markets
that leverage the highly versatile material, sapphire. “Opportunities for
Sapphire,” based on research from IMS Research, takes an in-depth look at the
demand for sapphire in key markets. IMS Research is a leading provider of
market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry and is part
of IHS Inc.

Sapphire has emerged as a versatile material in a range of industries for many
varied applications. Sapphire’s inherent physical attributes for durability,
light transmission, chemical inertness and thermal insulation make it
desirable for many markets for applications in LEDs, optical windows, lenses
and covers, and semiconductor applications in smart phones and other consumer

“At the moment, these advantages are critical,” said white paper author Jamie
Fox of IMS Research. “Every LED company we spoke to during the research for
this paper purchases sapphire and benefits from the superior yields and
quality. Substrate demand in 2012 is estimated at 42 million two-inch
equivalent wafers (TIE) and expected to grow to 57 million TIE in 2013
according to market research firm Displaybank. As the lighting market grows
into a more significant segment and larger, thicker wafers are utilized,
sapphire demand will accelerate.”

“Opportunities for Sapphire” discusses the role of sapphire in LED production,
the emergence of large diameter sapphire wafers and sapphire demand by
application. In addition, the white paper discusses emerging markets for
sapphire including use as a substrate for RFICs (radio frequency integrated
circuits) and its use in optical and industrial markets for lenses, sensors
and power devices.

“Sapphire’s exceptional physical and optical qualities offer many benefits for
a wide range of applications from the high growth LED lighting market to
emerging markets for semiconductor and optical applications,” said Raja M.
Parvez, President and CEO of Rubicon Technology. “Rubicon has been the driving
force in sapphire innovation, and we are working with our customers in
existing and emerging markets to develop new sapphire processes and products
to meet their needs.”

The complete white paper can be downloaded at

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

About IHS Inc.

IHS (NYSE: IHS)is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in
critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and
governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the
comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery
methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed
and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly
traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in
Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth
and employs more than 6,000 people in 31 countries around the world.


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