Sapphire Industry Watch – August 8

  • Sapphire Hunter: Skeptics Are Doubting Apple’s Plans For The iPhone 6, But This Analyst Still Believes — Forbes: Analyst Matt Margolis explains why it is still probable Apple will include sapphire as its protective faceplate among daily doubt and skepticism.
  • Huawei Experimenting With Sapphire Crystal Screens, Flaunts Modified Ascend P7 — Digital Trends: The largest telecommunications company in the world demonstrated the strength and durability of sapphire faceplates on a model of a recently released phone, but has yet to announce if this will be released at a later date or was just demonstrating the capability of the faceplate.
  • The Next Great Light Bulb — Slate: A “layman’s” explanation to wattage, lumens and why LED bulbs are the most energy efficient bulbs in the market, as well as why consumers should give LEDs a chance. He responds to a previous article criticizing LEDs and praising CFLs by comparing four separate LED bulbs by efficiency, brightness and light color.
  • Industrial Electronics Chip Sector Rebounds — EE Times: Industrial Semiconductor Market Tracker – Q2 2014 report has been released, and industrial electronics chip revenue reached $8.61 billion, up 17.5 percent from Q1 2013. Analysts credit the demand in various markets, including LED lighting, as well as global industrial growth for the rebounding earnings, and project a 9.4 percent increase from year-end in 2013.
  • NRG Stadium Gets an Energy Makeover: Houston Texans Home is Now an LED and Solar Power Groundbreaker — Culture Map Houston: NRG Stadium in Houston will be the first professional football stadium in the country with LED lights shining on the field and solar panels installed to help power the stadium. The renovation is part of the NRG Park’s sustainability master plan, which includes electric car charging stations and mobile charging stations
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It seems like LEDs are in everything these days – backlighting everything from your mobile phone, Apple iPad and flat screen HDTV to traffic lights, light bulbs and even the kitchen sink. But, making LEDs is a complex process that begins with the creation of sapphire. Not the pretty blue gemstone, but large commercial crystals that can weigh as much as 400 lbs. Once these large sapphire crystals are grown into boules and cooled, they’re cut into cores, cut further into flat circular wafers, polished and then used to grow LEDs. About 85 percent of HB-LEDs (high brightness) are grown on sapphire. There’s not that much information out there about the process. This blog is meant to shed some light (excuse the pun) on sapphire, LEDs and the industry that is devoted to making our lives just a little brighter. In the months ahead, we’ll tackle some topics that will help you understand a little more about sapphire and LED industry. Here’s a sample of what we’ll cover in the coming months: • Growing sapphire • For a wafer, size matters • Quality - When sapphire wafers go bad • LED light bulbs • Market & myths • Interviews with industry shining stars • Reports from industry events • Current events in perspective Please join us each week to learn more about sapphire and the LED market. We look forward to seeing you.

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