Posted Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
The makers of Gorilla Glass are approaching this one with a softer touch.
You may remember when Corning launched Gorilla Glass and a subsequent ad campaign - the online ads were really hard to miss. The ultra-tough glass was designed to take a beating, making it an excellent choice for when thin but strong glass was needed.
The latest from Corning is something they're calling Lotus Glass. It's not designed with strength in mind, but image quality. It was also created to hold its shape during high-temperature processing which means components will be better integrated into the glass itself.
Since it can handle thermal cycles better than the glass typically used for LCD displays, VP Andrew Filson says that you'll see "tighter design rules in advanced backplanes for higher resolution and faster response time."
Corning says that Lotus Glass was designed for portable devices like smartphones, computers and tablets. Of course, that's what they said about Gorilla Glass and it ended up in Sony's monolithic TVs. We'll see if anyone picks this up for their 2012 displays.
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