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Apple partner Liquidmetal Technologies, maker of a unique metal alloy, announced on Wednesday it has begun shipping commercial parts to "several" customers, but declined to name any specifically.

Liquidmetal revealed that delivery parts actually began to customers in December. But the company announced on Wednesday that its manufacturing operations are now shipping parts to a number of worldwide customers, and shipments are expected to continue into the months ahead.

"We are very excited about the use of amorphous metal alloy technology to deliver stronger, lighter and more corrosion resistant pats to our customers in varying industries globally," Liquidmetal President and CEO Tom Steipp said. "These initial shipments represent a significant milestone in our efforts to provide a new class of materials for our customers to consider when designing complex parts."

Whether it's simply a coincidence or not, the timing of the announcement on Wednesday is interesting because it comes just a few hours before Apple is expected to show off its third-generation iPad. In 2010, Apple purchased the exclusive rights to utilize the company's amorphous metal alloys in consumer electronics.

Liquidmetal revealed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 that it had granted all of its intellectual property assets to Apple, giving the company "a perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, exclusive license to commercial such intellectual property in the field of electronic products in exchange for a license fee."



Though its arrangement with Apple is exclusive for electronic products, Liquidmetal can still license its metal alloy to other companies for use in markets where Apple does not compete. It has previously inked deals with defense contractors, sports equipment manufacturers and medical suppliers.

In September of 2010, AppleInsider was first to discover that Apple was looking to hire a number of experts on amorphous metal alloys to build products out of Liquidmetal's technology. The first product Apple created out of Liquidmetal's material was an iPhone SIM card ejector tool, but since then there has been no indication that any other products have been crafted from the Liquidmetal alloy.

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Iiinteresting. The more interesting thing about liquidmetal than cases (sansa used that in the past for cases btw, the parts made of LM were pretty indestructible) is using it for thinner battery insulation, resulting in more space for the cells or space/weight savings.
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I can't wait for the iPad T-1000 model.
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I love the fact that with nearly any other company Liquidmetal would be able to say who it was, so we pretty much know who it was since they won't reveal the name.
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that video blew my mind, what? SIM ejector, who? self winding iPhone/iPad/iPod?
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Iiinteresting. The more interesting thing about liquidmetal than cases (sansa used that in the past for cases btw, the parts made of LM were pretty indestructible) is using it for thinner battery insulation, resulting in more space for the cells or space/weight savings.

I wouldn't be surprised if that is the application in the iPad HD. Seems a little too coincidental with the event today, though I guess they could just be using this event to get some extra press.

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post #7 of 73
To buy LQMT stock or not...hmm. Already up 20% today.
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I'm not sure if I want my ipad to bounce that many times
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The timing is certainly curious. Apple has an exclusive on this technology in the CE space.
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As a thought experiment, after seeing that video, imagine a MacBook pro with a case made of this. Now what would happen if you dropped it?
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As a thought experiment, after seeing that video, imagine a MacBook pro with a case made of this. Now what would happen if you dropped it?

If I had a Macbook Pro made out of that I would constantly be dropping steel balls on it and watching in amazement.
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... there has been no indication that any other products have been crafted from the Liquidmetal alloy. ...

Apple has a patent for using Liquid Metal in contacts for batteries which makes them more efficient than the same battery without it by 10-20% I believe.

They also have a patent for a process of spraying liquid metal onto circuit boards that has to do with heat dissipation.

It could be that they are using Liquid Metal to get enough juice out of the battery to offset the needs of the new screen and LTE.
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Apple Store down. New iPads today?
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To buy LQMT stock or not...hmm. Already up 20% today.

Bought some at .20 - already at .22!
post #15 of 73
Samsung has been using Liquid metals products before Apple ever got a hold of them.

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Samsung has been using Liquid metals products before Apple ever got a hold of them.

Who gives a frick? Doesn't matter anymore.

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Apple purchased the exclusive rights to utilize the company's amorphous metal alloys

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Samsung has been using Liquid metals products before Apple ever got a hold of them.

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Samsung has been using Liquid metals products before Apple ever got a hold of them.

Fuck Samsung.

The pathetic stuff that they showed off last week at that mobile conference sucked. Talk about a non-update with no new features to talk about in their new tablets.

That whole mobile conference sucked. A bunch of third rate Android manufactures showing off a bunch of crappy phones and tablets. A new Android tablet or new phone is about as exciting and rare as taking a dump.
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To buy LQMT stock or not...hmm. Already up 20% today.

This is huge news.

I'm in at much higher levels. I bought quite a while ago (I think about two years ago, without checking my portfolio), and this is the only solid - no pun intended - news to come out of the company since I've owned the stock.

Where $LQMT goes from here, I have no idea, but today I am encouraged.
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Who gives a frick? Doesn't matter anymore.

Did it ever matter? It's unlikely that Apple will beat Samsung to market with a new feature licensed from a 3rd-party. Samsung throws everything at a wall and looks for what sticks while Apple will plan for years and then release a finished product across an entire line. I do think it likely Apple was experimenting with LiquidMetal in their labs before Samsung even cared about it.

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Bought some at .20 - already at .22!

I bought a fair bit LQMT on its last round of Apple-related news, many many months ago.

It has been nothing but a bag of hurt since....... let's hope something's finally afoot.\

Add: I see that cherrypop kept me company!
post #22 of 73
What part of this makes no sense:

"...the company announced on Wednesday that its manufacturing operations are now shipping parts to a number of worldwide customers"

"In 2010, Apple purchased the exclusive rights to utilize the company's amorphous metal alloys in consumer electronics."

Let's see, shipping to a number of customers but Apple purchased the rights to be the only customer?
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What part of this makes no sense:

"...the company announced on Wednesday that its manufacturing operations are now shipping parts to a number of worldwide customers"

"In 2010, Apple purchased the exclusive rights to utilize the company's amorphous metal alloys in consumer electronics."

Let's see, shipping to a number of customers but Apple purchased the rights to be the only customer?

You really need to work on your reading comprehension.

Apple is the exclusive customer FOR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. There are lots of other markets that LQMT could sell their product to.
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What part of this makes no sense:

"...the company announced on Wednesday that its manufacturing operations are now shipping parts to a number of worldwide customers"

"In 2010, Apple purchased the exclusive rights to utilize the company's amorphous metal alloys in consumer electronics."

Let's see, shipping to a number of customers but Apple purchased the rights to be the only customer?

It actually makes sense if you read it more closely.

It could mean that some company that has nothing to do with consumer electronics is using it.
post #25 of 73
Some are going to be rich today, it's up 80%...!!!

http://www.google.com/finance?q=OTC:LQMT
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Bought some at .20 - already at .22!

Now at .33.

I bought some at .205 and then tried to buy more, but the trades wouldn't execute - even though my limit order was well above the listed price. I'm guessing that trades were occurring so fast that they couldn't keep up.
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Bought some at .20 - already at .22!

congrats ! your rich ! 90% up
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

I bought a fair bit LQMT on its last round of Apple-related news, many many months ago.

It has been nothing but a bag of hurt since....... let's hope something's finally afoot.\

Add: I see that cherrypop kept me company!

Yeah, hopefully so. Seems like they have a pretty good product on their hands if they can just find some good uses for it and market it successfully. Apple getting in early is obviously a very good sign.
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Now at .33.

I bought some at .205 and then tried to buy more, but the trades wouldn't execute - even though my limit order was well above the listed price. I'm guessing that trades were occurring so fast that they couldn't keep up.

Yeah the volume today is ridiculous! 8M shares moved already. Volatile as heck lol.
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You really need to work on your reading comprehension.

Apple is the exclusive customer FOR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. There are lots of other markets that LQMT could sell their product to.

I thought of that just a couple minutes ago and it makes sense. Thank you sir. We could all work on reading comprehension at times. BTW, how's that 2.25% research coming along?
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What part of this makes no sense:

"...the company announced on Wednesday that its manufacturing operations are now shipping parts to a number of worldwide customers"

"In 2010, Apple purchased the exclusive rights to utilize the company's amorphous metal alloys in consumer electronics."

Let's see, shipping to a number of customers but Apple purchased the rights to be the only customer?

China, Brazil, ...
post #32 of 73
Holy crap, now if you drop your ipad, it's just going to bounce right back at you.
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Now at .33.

I bought some at .205 and then tried to buy more, but the trades wouldn't execute - even though my limit order was well above the listed price. I'm guessing that trades were occurring so fast that they couldn't keep up.

The line goes straight up. It's obviously one dude who bought a shitload of shares at once, which brought the price up. If prices are on the move real quick and you need to get in quick and time is of the essence, isn't a market order better and quicker? Otherwise you might miss out by using a limit order like you did. I don't know shit about the market, but that would seem to make sense, though I might very likely be wrong.
post #34 of 73
Oh, then it makes sense the new iPad is black:

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?t=145433

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It's just springy glass from what I can see. Maybe it relates to the haptic rumours going around? i.e. the screen will somehow, using some technology or other, physically respond to your touches.
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Oh, then it makes sense the new iPad is black:

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?t=145433

Looks pretty darn silver to me.

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post #37 of 73
That SIM ejector tool is sweet! Everyone is still playing catch up to Apples SIM ejector tools.
post #38 of 73
What is the benefit of using bouncy metal instead of metal?
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The line goes straight up. It's obviously one dude who bought a shitload of shares at once, which brought the price up. If prices are on the move real quick and you need to get in quick and time is of the essence, isn't a market order better and quicker? Otherwise you might miss out by using a limit order like you did. I don't know shit about the market, but that would seem to make sense, though I might very likely be wrong.

Wrong on virtually all accounts.

First, it wasn't one guy who bought the shares all at once. Look at the volume chart. The largest share volume was 800,000 shares, but that may have been more than one buyer in that time period (they seem to report 5 minute intervals). So less than 9% of today's volume could possibly have been a single order (and probably much less).

Second, market orders are not possible with many brokers for share price below $1. Mine would not accept it.

Third, "market orders are quicker" is misleading. If there is an offer out there matched by my limit order, the trades would execute at the same speed. The only way the market order is faster is if I have to wait for someone to sell at my price - which leads to....

Third, "market orders are better" is very often wrong. For volatile stocks, you almost always pay more for a market order (often MUCH more). If the stock is bouncing around, you could easily pay a significant percentage premium with a market order.
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I love the fact that with nearly any other company Liquidmetal would be able to say who it was, so we pretty much know who it was since they won't reveal the name.

Many companies don't like this kind of info getting out.

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