With the demise of GT Advanced Technologies, one might ask where Apple will get its Transparent Aluminum? Perhaps more accurately, who is currently supplying Apple with sapphire, since there is some question as to whether GTAT ever got the Mesa Arizona plant up and running.
One answer might be …
To harvest the crystal, we use a very thin diamond-cutting wire.
Pay close attention to the 4:00 minute mark of the following video about Rubicon Technology’s sapphire production.
Perhaps Rubicon was and is the manufacturer of the sapphire Apple uses for the camera lens, fingerprint scanner cover, and watch crystal … with Apple planning to transition to GTAT once production was up to quality and capacity.
Unless you have been living under a rock … a rock without internet, cell phone, TV, cable, satellite or radio access … you know that Apple announced the Apple WATCH today. What you may not have seen are the videos. WATCH is a thing of beauty which mere words cannot do justice.
Clicking the image below (or the link below it) will take you to the official Apple site. WATCH the videos
Yesterday’s Google News search on Apple had a Barron’s article on Apple’s suppliers. Apparently you can read the whole article through the Google link, but a direct link asks you to subscribe. Go figure.
The basis of the article is that these stocks could get pummeled if Apple disappoints on September 9. That may or may not come to pass, bit if you want to invest in companies riding Apple’s coat tails consider these:
GTAT – GT Advanced Technologies
Manufacturer of Transparent Aluminum
SWKS – Skyworks Solutions
Wireless handset chip supplier
INVN – InvenSense
Motion processing, MEMS gyroscope, and motion processing technologies for consumer electronics
RFMD – RF Micro Devices
Manufacturer of RF (Radio Frequency) integrated circuits
AVGO – Avago Technologies
Provides an extensive range of analog, mixed-signal and optoelectronic components
OVTI – OmniVision Technologies
Manufacturer of proprietary image sensing and state-of-the-art CMOS process technologies
Produces a diverse range of devices, ranging from single transistors to microprocessors
NXPI – NXP Semiconductors
Creating solutions that enable secure connections for a smarter world
MU – Micron Technology
Best known for producing many forms of semiconductor devices including DRAM, SDRAM, flash memory, and SSDs.
The article also referenced the WordPress site RE/CODE as a source.
Yet More Transparent Aluminum News
From last year …
I’m surprised that Apple doesn’t just buy them outright and be done with it.
I first told you about Transparent Aluminum* here.
I have talked about it several times since.
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has the technology to make thin, very thin sheets of it.
Apple has a large plant in Arizona where GTAT is making Transparent Aluminum for them by the ton (literally).
Last February 2014
* in case you have forgotten transparent aluminum is sapphire, Al2O3
Late last year I had the epiphany that industrial sapphire was in fact the Transparent Aluminum presaged in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
The first sample has escaped into the wild.
Tell me again why UBS and Canaccord Genuity just downgraded GT Advanced Technologies (NASDAQ:GTAT)???