Corning Introduces the Slimmer Willow Glass

Source: Corning Willow Glass/ Corning Press Kit

Glass and Ceramic manufacturer Corning announced their new and paper-thin Willow Glass last Monday during the Display Week tradeshow in Boston, Massachusetts. Their new product is an ultra-slim and flexible glass, which allows for companies to make devices of various shapes. It can withstand temperature of up to 500 degrees Celsius, and it enables manufacturers to carry out high-temperature roll-to-roll processes—the same way how newsprint is made.

As stated by the company:

“Corning Gorilla Glass will enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today’s slim displays and smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength and flexibility of the glass have the potential to enable displays to ‘wrapped’ around a device or structure.”

The new Willow Glass can be used on smartphones, tablets and notebooks because of its thinner backplanes support and color filters for OLED and LCD displays. According to Dr. Dipak Chowdhury, Corning’s division vice president and Willow Glass program director:

“Corning Willow Glass provides the substrate performance to maintain device quality in a thin and light form factor. Currently manufacturing in a sheet-to-sheet process, we expect Corning Willow Glass to eventually allow customers to switch to high-throughput, efficient roll-to-roll processing, a long-awaited industry milestone.”

The 20 Percent Thinner Gorilla Glass 2

Earlier this year, Corning also announced its Gorilla Glass 2 during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is 0.8 millimeters thick and can withstand 121 pounds of pressure. What makes this interesting is the fact that it maintains the same level of strength and durability, even though it is 20 percent thinner than its predecessor.

This will enable mobile device makers to build thinner and sleeker gadgets with brighter images and greater touch sensitivity. Corning Specialty Materials’ Senior Vice President and General Manager James Steiner revealed:

“Corning Gorilla Glass has enjoyed tremendous market adoption in the high-growth mobile handset and computing device market, providing a replacement for plastic and legacy soda-lime glass as a protective cover and elegant design solution.

“We knew Corning Gorilla Glass could get even better. So, in response to our customers’ drive toward thinner form factors, we designed this new glass to enable meaningful reduction in thickness without sacrificing the outstanding glass performance for which Gorilla Glass has become highly recognized.”

Although it wasn’t confirmed, it is widely believed that Apple uses the Gorilla Glass for its iPhone 4S and iPad 2. On the other hand, Chowdhury added that the company will continue to develop and improve innovative glass productions, which will allow high-performance and game-changing displays that will push the diverse electronics markets in the future.

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