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Whether the world is ready or not, smartphone makers have begun experimenting with foldable designs, notably with Samsung launching its Galaxy Fold and Huawei countering with its Mate X. This probably will not be the last of their kind—rumor has it Apple might release a folding iPhone as well. Seeing an opportunity, Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass, is developing a bendable version of its product. Gorilla Glass is used on many smartphones, including several of Samsung's Galaxy and Note devices, Motorola's G series, Sony's Xperia line, and the list goes on. Just as Qualcomm has come to power a large of number of handsets with its Snapdragon hardware, Corning has had similar success... Read more...
Corning today announced its latest generation of Gorilla Glass, and it's now tougher than ever. As you might expect, everything is bigger and better this time around, which means that Gorilla Glass 6 is roughly two times better at surviving drops from 1-meter than its predecessor. According to Corning, the average person drops their smartphone 7 times a year. While those of us who prefer to ensconce our smartphones in protective cases drop them without giving it a second thought, those that like to "live dangerously" without a case likely pick up their phone after a drop praying that the screen (and back glass) are intact. To that end, Corning says that Gorilla Glass 6 can withstand 15 consecutive... Read more...
In an effort to improve beef up its nationwide wireless broadband network, Verizon has agreed to purchase fiber optic cabling from Corning for $1.05 billion, which will be paid out over the next three years, the two companies announced today. As part of the agreement, Corning will provide the nation's largest wireless carrier up to 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) of optical fiber each year from 2018 through 2020. "Our plans identified a shortfall in fiber supply, and Verizon has been working with business teams to forecast demand and fill supply gaps with existing suppliers. Securing the required volume of optical fiber and hardware solutions with Corning will ensure we meet our planned... Read more...
Death and taxes aren't the only unavoidable things in the world, so is the act of accidentally dropping your smartphone. If you're lucky it will land unscathed on the carpet or some other soft surface. And for the unlucky, Corning has your back—its new Gorilla Glass 5 is designed to protect against breakages from clumsy drops, and not just when it lands on the carpet. According to Corning, its fifth generation of Gorilla Glass is able to withstand drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competing glass designs. The added sturdiness compared to previous generation Gorilla Glass iterations addresses what Corning says is the top complaint consumers have with mobile devices.... Read more...
Smartphones take a lot of abuse, and there’s money to be made in screens that are resistant to scratches and cracks. Corning’s Gorilla Glass has been the leader in this market, appearing on Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but it has had some competition from beleaguered GT Advanced Technologies, which made remarkably scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire for iPhone camera covers and other devices. Now, Corning says it has a material that is almost as scratch resistant as GTAT sapphire and much more resistant to being dropped. Image credit: Corning Corning’s new material is codenamed Project Phire. “We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare... Read more...
Since when is an external hard drive solution a decorative desk piece? Since now, apparently -- Seagate's premium owned LaCie division today unveiled the LaCie Mirror portable hard drive that comes completely encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It also comes with an ebony wooden base, which might seem odd for an external drive, though this is one of those cases where it would be a shame to keep it out of sight. The LaCie Mirror is a signature piece designed in collaboration with French designer Pauline Deltour. It's also functional -- inside the Mirror sits a 1TB hard drive for backup chores. Data transfers take place over USB 3.0, provided you have a USB 3.0 port on your PC.... Read more...
Even the most dextrous people on the planet have their moments of clumsiness, and it usually happens when holding a pricey (and uninsured) smartphone. For whatever reason, those suckers like to squirt right out of our hands, especially if we happen to be trotting along on a tough surface like concrete (something about Murphy's law). The good news? Corning just announced its Gorilla Glass 4, which is supposedly up to two times tougher than any competitive glass design now in the market. According to Corning, it formulated its newest glass material to address the number one issue brought up by consumers -- screen breakage from everyday drops. With that in mind, Gorilla Glass 4 is at least twice... Read more...
For all the talk about curved displays and other innovations that we’re supposedly going to start seeing in wearable computing any minute now (what wonders will CES hold on that front this year?), OEMs are limited by what display manufacturers can create. To that end, Corning announced a new manufacturing process for its Gorilla Glass that should open up myriad design possibilities for wearables as well as curved displays on smartphones, tablets, and other devices. “Corning is targeting commercialization of finished 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts in 2014 and is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC) to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan,” wrote the... Read more...
Replacing a cracked smartphone screen is a time-consuming, miserable process that involves way too many microscopic screws. Corning, which makes the glass found in many smartphones and tablets, announced Gorilla Glass 3, the latest version of its tough glass composition.   Gorilla Glass 3 is going to be tougher than version 2, of course, and Corning will be showing just how much tougher it is at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, which kicks off next week. The company will also be touting the use of Gorilla Glass in larger display. Corning plans to show off new optical cables at CES 2013, as well. The fiber-based “Optical Cables by Corning,” will provide faster... Read more...
Gorilla Glass. Heard of it? Sure you have. It's on loads of smartphones these days, and it's widely regarded as one of the most significant mobile technologies in the past few years. Willow Glass is the company's next great product, an ultra-slim flexible glass designed for the next generation of consumer electronics. The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be "wrapped" around a device or structure. As well, Corning Willow Glass can be processed at temperatures up to 500° C. High temperature processing capability is essential for today's high end displays, and is a processing condition that cannot be supported with polymer films. Corning... Read more...
Corning has sent the first shipments of its new Gorilla Glass 2 to "key device makers" who will use the new glass in devices planned for release this year. As the next-generation version of the widely used cover glass for smartphones and other consumer electronic devices, Gorilla Glass 2 improves upon the original version by offering the same performance and strength in a thinner form. In fact, Gorilla Glass 2 is up to 20 percent thinner than the original. Corning expects the first devices that are equipped with Gorilla Glass 2 to be available in April or May. Gorilla Glass is currently used by more than 30 major brands. Corning Delivering Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 for Next Generation... Read more...
New OLEDs? Oh, yeah, we'll take that. Corning (the makers of Gorilla Glass) and Samsung have teamed up on a new mobile display venture in order to build a new OLED glass. It's called an "equity venture," where the two will work to make specialty glass substrates for the rapidly expanding organic light emitting diode (OLED) device market. The new business will be located in Korea. It'll combine Corning's Lotus Glass substrate technology and Samsung Mobile Display's OLED display expertise, this new entity will be well-positioned to provide outstanding product solutions for current and future OLED technologies, from handheld and IT devices to large TVs and beyond. The newly formed entity will supply... Read more...
Revolutions are talked about frequently, but in honesty, not too many revolutions come about. It takes something truly outstanding, truly innovative to be considered a "revolution" in our book. The original iPhone was revolutionary, but every model since has simply been evolutionary. But Corning's vision of the future, if it all works out, will actually be revolutionary. What's notable is that even though Corning is focused on the glass aspect, they must also be infatuated with multi-touch. Also every instance of "the future" relies on touch or touch screens. The issue is that keeping a public use touch panel clean and clear isn't an easy task, so there will definitely be challenges. But even... Read more...