• Exclusivity Deal Between Apple and Liquidmetal Renewed Until 2015



    Apple and Liquidmetal have signed a deal through February 2015 to extend exclusive license to use exotic metal in Apple products. It is the second time the two have decided to extend their mutual agreement according to The Securities and Exchange Commission. The original deal was first signed in August of 2010 and was extended to 2012 the first time around. So far, Apple’s most known use of Liquidmetal has been limited to a SIM card ejector tool, but it may be possible that small unseen internal parts are also being used by the same material.

    Dr. Atakan Peker, inventor if Liquidmetal, back in 2012 stated that Apple was onl a few years away from mass producing the alloy for chassis parts for an iPad or iPhone. When he noted this at the time, he said there was "no suitable manufacturing infrastructure yet to take full advantage of this alloy technology." Liquidmetal is supposedly a non-crystalline structure-less material that is 2.5 times stronger than titanium alloy used in consumer products. The alloy is also 1.5 times harder than stainless steal in electronic portable devices.

    The extension of the agreement gives Apple one more year of exclusivity before Crucible Intellectual Property takes back patent rights. Crucible Intellectual Property is a wholly-owned subordinate of Liquidmetal Technologies.

    Source: Securities and Exchange Commission
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Exclusivity Deal Between Apple and Liquidmetal Renewed Until 2015 started by Akshay Masand View original post
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