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Corning announces Gorilla Glass 3D for smartphones with curved displays and wearables

Just in time for CES, Gorilla Glass maker Corning has announced it can now make the popular protective glass in 3D shapes. With this solution Corning aims to to pre-empt the trend of curved displays i

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Just in time for CES, Gorilla Glass maker Corning has announced it can now make the popular protective glass in 3D shapes. With this solution Corning aims to to pre-empt the trend of curved displays in smartphones like we have seen from Samsung and LG. However, a bigger market could be that of wearables, especially high-end smartwatches that are yet to come.

In the press release Corning mentions, “Corning’s 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.”

The announcement of 3D Gorilla Glass would be of immense importance, especially for smartwatch makers as a better and understandably cheaper alternative to using a sapphire glass in their smartwatches. With a certain company long rumored to be making a smartwatch with a curved glass display, it is quite possible we won’t have to wait for much longer to see the first product using this new technology.

Here’s the press release:

Corning and GTOC Announce Manufacturing Readiness for 3D-Shaped Gorilla® Glass

Vertically integrated operations in Taiwan

CORNING, N.Y., January 03, 2014 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the manufacturing readiness of a novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning® Gorilla® Glass. 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.

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.

The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a “one-roof” solution. “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,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”

Corning’s 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.

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  • Published Date: January 4, 2014 9:09 AM IST