Corning Ups the Ante in High-Performance Resistance Glass with New 'Lotus Glass'
For several years now, Corning has been the most well-known manufacturer of high-performance resistance glass, with their "Gorilla Glass" product taking center-stage in the press and media. However, now they are taking things to a new level with an improved product they have dubbed, "Lotus Glass." Supposedly, this new glass is designed specifically with electronic devices in mind. This new glass isn't necessarily tougher than their existing Gorilla Glass, but according to the info provided, it will be easier for manufacturers to use in their products and will facilitate improved imaging and higher performance visuals. Here's a quick snippet from their press release,
For those that are unfamiliar with what "the annealing point" is, here is a basic description taken from Wikipedia,
“Corning Lotus Glass has a high annealing point that delivers the thermal and dimensional stability our customers require to produce high-performance displays,” said Andrew Filson, worldwide commercial director, Display Technologies, and vice president, Corning Holding Japan GK. “Because of its intrinsic stability, it can withstand the thermal cycles of customer processing better than conventional LCD glass substrates. This enables tighter design rules in advanced backplanes for higher resolution and faster response time.”
Basically this means that the higher the annealing point, the stronger the glass will be, thus is born this new Lotus Glass for electronics. Corning's press release summed it up with, "The end result is a thin, portable display device that consumes less power while delivering superior picture quality." They gave no indication how soon we will see this new superior glass in any devices, but we will keep you apprised as more details are released. The video above is a forward-thinking vision of the future of Corning glass products made by the company themselves.
Annealing is a process of slowly cooling glass to relieve internal stresses after it was formed. The process may be carried out in a temperature-controlled kiln known as a Lehr. Glass which has not been annealed is liable to crack or shatter when subjected to a relatively small temperature change or mechanical shock. Annealing glass is critical to its durability. If glass is not annealed, it will retain many of the thermal stresses caused by quenching and significantly decrease the overall strength of the glass.
Source: Corning and Wikipedia