Corning, the wizards behind Gorilla Glass, have done it again - earlier this week, the glass giant announced Lotus Glass, a new, durable glass designed specifically for high-performance electronic displays.
For a while now, Corning's Gorilla Glass has been a household name when it comes to mobile electronics, coming to be something of a standard, and synonymous with durability. Corning's announcement of Lotus Glass, however, is about to shake things up, offering a significant step up from the current go-to name in tough glass.
Lotus Glass' main claim to fame is its ability to perform well (and hold up) in display manufacturing, allowing it to play nice with sophisticated displays. It accomplishes this thanks to its high annealing point. For those who don't know much about glass, the annealing point is the highest temperature at which glass (or in this case a glass substrate) will not move or warp. During annealing, the glass' temperature is gradually brought down, allowing stress to escape the glass a little at a time, meaning the glass is less likely to break. A high annealing point means that the glass will hold its shape and give the manufacturer a great level of control during the process of producing an electronic display. Andrew Filson, worldwide commercial director, Display Technologies, and vice president, Corning Holding Japan GK had this to say about what Lotus Glass' annealing point brings to the table:
Corning Lotus Glass has a high annealing point that delivers the thermal and dimensional stability our customers require to produce high-performance displays ... 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.
Lotus Glass certainly seems destined for greatness. There's no word on when we can expect to see it integrated into the displays of our Android handsets (though Corning did say the Galaxy Nexus won't have Gorilla Glass), but Corning's own press release indicated that it has indeed begun production.