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Superconductor Technologies Inc. Accepts IBAD System for Producing HTS Wire Templates

AUSTIN, Texas, March 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SCON) ("STI"), a world leader in the development and production of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated technologies, completed acceptance testing on March 16th on its Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) system. STI engineers completed the testing processes at the supplier's location and the equipment will be shipped to STI's Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Austin for installation the first week of April.

"The IBAD system performed solidly throughout the entire range of tests we conducted and is operationally capable of depositing a magnesium oxide buffer layer on HTS wire templates up to one kilometer in length," said Jeff Quiram, STI's president and chief executive officer. "During acceptance, we successfully demonstrated the growth of IBAD using the system with STI produced solution deposition planarization (SDP) material. With our new IBAD machine and current SDP machine up and operational, we will have the capacity to produce wire template for the Conductus 2G HTS wire as required for the high power demonstration cable planned for completion at the end of 2012. We are excited to complete this program milestone that now positions us to deliver wire to meet our customer commitments."

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Austin, TX, has been a world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering, HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D.  Superconductor Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit http://www.suptech.com.

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Contacts

Investor Relations, invest@suptech.com, Cathy Mattison or Kirsten Chapman of LHA, +1-415-433-3777, for Superconductor Technologies Inc.

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