Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Corning shows off ultra-thin flexible ‘Willow Glass’

Corning, the makers of the popular scratch resistant Gorilla Glass, have unveiled an ultra-thin flexible glass technology which it calls Willow Glass in Boston report our colleagues from BGR Classic. This glass technology is roughly the same size has a normal sheet of paper in terms of thinness, but is also flexible and also retains the natural characteristics of normal glass. This technology will not only facilitate thinner and lighter form factors in consumer electronics, but could provision for new innovative form factors which shape the next generation of smartphones, Tablets, HDTVs, PCs and tablets. Corning is saying that this display can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius and can be wrapped around a device or structure.
According to them, the advances in the company’s proprietary fusion forming manufacturing process, have made it possible to produce glass that is 100 microns thick, which is about the thickness of a sheet of paper. Additionally, it will support thinner backplanes and color filters for both OLED and LCDs in  portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers.

Furthermore, Corning is claiming that because of its flexible nature, incorporation of curved displays like on the Galaxy Nexus will become more common in mobile devices.