Liquidmetal Technologies, Apple Extend Tech Licensing to 2014

Posted by at 12:35 pm on June 19, 2012

An SEC filing by Liquidmetal Technologies on Friday revealed that the company has extended its licensing of the technology to Apple for exploitation in consumer electronics for another two years beyond the original agreement, now in effect until 2014. Apple has made light use of the technology since 2010 on small parts such as the SIM card ejector pin in the iPhone 3GS, but continues to develop the innovation for commercial use.

Liquidmetal is the brand name for a new class of amorphous, bulk-metallic glass that allows parts to be injection-molded more quickly and inexpensively than other methods, producing a much stronger and more durable result. The main advantage of Liquidmetal is that the increased strength allows it to be cast into complex shapes. Under the agreement, Apple has exclusive use of the technology in the area of consumer electronics, while Liquidmetal itself exploits the alloy in other industrial and consumer arenas.

The company’s CEO, Thomas Steipp, has said that Apple has plans to commercialize the alloys and increase their use in (presumably) future Apple products.

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