Rubicon Technology Ships 200,000th Large Diameter Sapphire Wafer

Chicago’s Rubicon Technology recently announced that the company shipped a total of 200,000 six-inch sapphire wafers to the LED manufacturing industry. Sapphire, the base material used for the majority of LEDs, is used in consumer products such as LED-based lighting, HDTVs, laptops, netbooks, smart phones and tablets, and automotive lighting.

Rubicon pioneered the development of large diameter sapphire wafers for use in the RFIC market and then took advantage of the market opportunity to develop the process to serve other markets like LED lighting.

Large diameter wafers help play a role in lowering the price of LED-based lighting to spur adoption worldwide. In the news release, Rubicon’s president and CEO, Raja Parvez said, “LED manufacturers understand that migration to a large diameter sapphire wafer platform offers an opportunity to achieve production and cost efficiencies. This is increasingly important as LED manufacturers seek to reduce costs throughout the LED manufacturing process to help the industry lower prices of LED-based lighting and encourage adoption worldwide.”