“Apple has obtained exclusive license to use Liquidmetal Technologies’ metal alloy in consumer electronics,” TechzTalk reports. “The metal alloy is made using Zircon mineral and is called Vitreloy. Unlike other metal alloys this Zircon based alloy doesn’t form crystal structure and is ‘amorphous’ in nature, allowing it to be processed like thermoplastics using die cast at relatively lower temperature. Also, Liquidmetal alloy is more durable, harder, stronger and scratch resistant when compared to other metals like aluminum, titanium and steel.”
TechzTalk writes, “As soon as information about the exclusive license deal was released speculations about where Apple will use the technology started flooding the blogosphere. The speculations ranged from MP3 player (iPod) to desktops. However, we believe that the first device to get the Liquidmetal treatment will be Apple’s Laptop lineup and specially the MacBook Air.”
Read more in the full article, including a link to a video showing the use of Liquidmetal in manufacturing of Omega watch bezels, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.