Corning recently announced a new technology that will allow its Gorilla glass to be formed into more complex shapes. The Corning 3D Gorilla Glass will soon be used in devices that have a curved display which are expected to be released this year. The company has already partnered with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC) to establish an operation in Taiwan.
A press release of the company says that “Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.”
James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials, said that “We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity. That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”
Gorilla Glass is one of the technologies used by mobile device manufacturers to make their displays tougher. We all know that glass displays can easily break which is why a certain level of protection must be applied to it to protect it from scratches or accidental drops.
Some of the key features of Gorilla Glass that makes it ideal for use in mobile deivces are
- Chemically strengthened to withstand high-volume user interaction and repetitive motion
- Highly durable cover glass for increased mobile Tablet PCs lifespan
- Adds protection without impacting pen response
- Increased ability to resist and withstand damages compared to device without Gorilla Glass
- Retains its performance advantage even when used in thin form factors
- Retains optical characteristics after extended use and abuse
- Remains strong over time
- Water, chemical and disinfectant resistant coating: easy to clean and remove dust, dirt, or other elements.
This year there will be more devices released in the market with contoured displays and Corning wants to protect these devices using the 3D Gorilla Glass.