Touch-Screen Gorilla Glass Slims Down by BRIAN X. CHEN

Objavljeno: januar 14, 2012 od strane Ivan Drakic pod Uncategorized
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LAS VEGAS — The screen on your smartphone or tablet is almost certainly made of a special class of glass known as Gorilla glass. Corning, a major glass maker, introduced the second generation of its Gorilla glass at the International Consumer Electronics Show this week.

Trademarked Gorilla Glass 2, the new version of the glass is 20 percent thinner but just as tough as its predecessor, according to Corning. Reducing the glass’s thickness allows manufacturers to make a number of modifications to their devices, like creating more space for a bigger battery and improving touch sensitivity, says David Loeber, a business director at Corning.

Gorilla Glass 2 is being introduced on a multitude of smartphones, tablets and laptops this year from companies including Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and LG, according to Corning. Currently, its glass is found on 600 million devices from 30 brands, Mr. Loeber said.

At the convention, Corning was demonstrating large touch screens it has been developing for TVs. Though getting off the couch to tap a TV seems unnatural, Mr. Loeber said he believed the rise of smart TVs — newer TV sets with computer chips, operating systems and apps — will change the game, because they will invite more user interaction. He added that in situations like a business meeting, the giant touch-screen TV could act as an interactive whiteboard for giving presentations.

Corning is well known as being the manufacturer for the glass on Apple’s iPhone. The company had developed a chemical exchange process in the 1960s to produce Gorilla glass, but failed to find a market for it. The company had actually discontinued production, according to the book “Steve Jobs,” the biography on Apple’s chief executive written by Walter Isaacson.

Many years later, Mr. Jobs met with Wendell Weeks, Corning’s chief executive, looking for a special glass for the iPhone. Apple learned of Gorilla glass and Corning rejuvenated a factory in the United States in six months just to produce Gorilla glass, according to the book.

Mr. Loeber declined to comment on whether Corning was still producing glass for Apple’s future iPads and iPhones, due to confidentiality agreements.


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