For a long time, Corning’s proprietary Gorilla Glass has been the go-to material that manufacturers use for smartphone displays thanks to its remarkable durability and toughness. However, with Apple reportedly using a sapphire display for its upcoming iPhone 6, Corning is at risk for potentially losing some significant business, particularly if Samsung again decides to be a “fast follower” and switch to sapphire for its future flagship smartphones. More →
Samsung is about to get more involved in Gorilla Glass development. Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning announced on Wednesday that Samsung Display has acquired a 7.4% stake in the company in exchange for giving Corning full control of the Samsung Corning Precision Materials joint venture. Corning also said that the two companies have entered into a “new long-term LCD display glass supply agreement” that will last through 2023. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is a key component of many smartphones as it delivers both light weight and durability that manufacturers look for when they build flagship devices. Corning’s latest version of the glass, dubbed Gorilla Glass 3, debuted earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass is used to protect more than 1.5 billion consumer electronics devices worldwide. The company has plans to expand beyond mobile, however, and is looking to bring its ultra-durable glass to cars. Jeffrey Evenson, Corning’s senior vice president, explained at MIT Technology Review’s Mobile Summit in San Francisco on Monday that cars equipped with Gorilla Glass will be quieter and lighter than those with traditional glass. The executive noted that because the company’s glass will help reduce a vehicle’s weight and lower its center of mass, which will theoretically help cars achieve better fuel economy. Evenson said that he expects at least one top-tier automaker to begin selling Gorilla Glass-equipped vehicles within the next year.
The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and every company is vying for attention. Engadget was drawn to Corning’s (GLW) booth, where the company was showcasing its third-generation Gorilla Glass, destined for smartphones and tablets around the world. Corning tweaked the chemical and atomic composition of the raw materials in the glass and has made it even more scratch and dent resistant than ever before. In fact, the company demonstrated just how strong its Gorilla Glass 3 really is by dropping a 130-gram ball on to it from different heights to see if it would break. To say the results were impressive is an understatement — the glass didn’t scratch, dent or break. A Corning employee then placed more than 100 pounds of pressure on the glass and the results were the same: no damage whatsoever. Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is slated to arrive in mobile devices in the second half of 2013. A video of Corning’s demonstration follows below. More →
It’s almost time for the Consumer Electronics Show, which means that it’s time for Corning (GLW) to announce a new generation of its super-tough Gorilla Glass. Corning said on Thursday that it would formally unveil Gorilla Glass 3 at CES next week and this year the company is promising “a new glass composition with durability enhancements” that will make your laptops, smartphones and tablets even tougher to crack in the coming year. Corning will also show off its new Optical Cables, which it describes as a fiber-based device-to-device connection product that will “significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables.” The company’s full press release is posted below. More →
Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, on Monday unveiled its new ultra-slim flexible glass technology at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week in Boston. The company’s Willow Glass is roughly the same thickness as a sheet of paper, allowing it to be flexible while retaining normal glass attributes. The technology will enable thinner and lighter devices, and could potentially revolutionize the shape and form of next-generation electronics, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and televisions. “Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner. Corning Willow Glass provides the substrate performance to maintain device quality in a thin and light form factor,” said Dr. Dipak Chowdhury, division vice president and Willow Glass program director. “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.” Corning’s press release follows below. More →
Corning announced on Monday that the first shipments of Gorilla Glass 2 have been sent to the company’s partners. Corning’s second-generation of Gorilla Glass is 20% thinner than the original without sacrificing performance or strength. “Corning’s new glass composition, Gorilla Glass 2, enables slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and greater touch sensitivity, providing an ideal solution for the newest, most sophisticated smartphones, tablets, and personal computers,” Corning’s global director of marketing and commercial operations, David R. Velasquez said. The company expects the first Gorilla Glass 2-equipped devices to be available in April or May. Corning Gorilla Glass is used by more than 30 major brands and has been featured in more than 600 product models, spanning over 600 million units worldwide. Read on for the company’s press release. More →
Samsung and Corning — best known for its Gorilla Glass products — announced a new joint venture this week that will manufacture specialty glass substrates for OLED displays. The joint venture will be based in South Korea and will combine Samsung’s OLED display technology with Corning’s ultra tough Lotus Glass substrate. The new displays will be utilized in mobile devices as well as larger products, such as televisions, and will be used in Samsung products and sold to other South Korean manufacturers. “Corning and Samsung have a long and successful partnership in the display industry, dating back nearly 40 years to the early days of television,” Corning chairman, President and CEO Wendell P. Weeks said. “The strength of our business relationship is built on Corning’s ability to develop and make high-technology glass with the key attributes that enable Samsung’s next-generation displays.” Samsung’s full press release follows after the break. More →
We just met with Corning during CES in Las Vegas to check out its new Gorilla Glass 2 panels for smartphones and tablets. The new glass is 20% thinner than before, but just as strong and scratch resistant as the original Gorilla Glass. The thinner build will surely help manufacturers make smaller and lighter smartphones. We stayed to watch a pressure test, images of which are in the gallery below, and were impressed with the strength of the glass. Corning said that it’s already shipping the new panels to phone manufacturers and that we will see smartphones on the market soon with the new glass. We were also told that Gorilla Glass 2 will be used in new Windows-powered computers later this year. Be sure to check out our gallery below.
Corning has officially announced Gorilla Glass 2, the company’s next generation of damage-resistant glass. Gorilla Glass 2 is 20% thinner than its predecessor and will be featured on slimmer and sleeker devices, while producing brighter images, greater touch sensitivity, and the same toughness we all love. “We knew Corning Gorilla Glass could get even better,” said James R. Steiner, Corning’s senior vice president and general manager. “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.” The second generation of Gorilla Glass will be first featured in Windows-based PCs early this year. Introduced in 2007, Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become the most widely deployed glass for mobile devices and is currently featured on more than 575 product models, spanning more than 500 million units worldwide. Corning is expecting reach more than $700 million in 2011 sales, nearly triple the company’s 2010 results. The full announcement is after the break. More →
Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass used on hundreds of smartphones and other devices, announced on Thursday that it will be at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to unveil Gorilla Glass 2. According to the company, Gorilla Glass is currently featured on more than 30 major brands and designed into more than 575 product models, spanning more than 500 million units worldwide. As manufacturers move to thinner handsets, Corning’s second-generation of damage-resistant glass will be slimmer than before in order to accommodate the new breed of slimmer devices. Read on for Corning’s full press release. More →