What could make the world’s most popular fortified glass brand better? We’ll soon find out as Corning comes to CES 2012 in Las Vegas. Gorilla Glass can be found in more than 575 products, including many of our favorite smartphones and tablets. Unofficially you’ll also find Gorilla Glass in the iPhone and iPad.
Corning has just announced that it will be showing off the next generation Gorilla Glass 2 at CES 2012 next week. Details are scarce at the moment besides that the company will be accommodating thinner designs by manufacturers. This could mean that the new Gorilla Glass 2 can be made thinner or easier to integrate in curved designs while maintaining hardness. Thinner cover glass would also mean better touchscreen performance and screen sharpness.
Apple has been using optical lamination to fuse the iPhone’s display to the glass in order to keep designs thinner while improving touch experience as the screen seems to be floating on the surface of the device. There are rumors that the Tegra 3 quad-core 4.7-inch HTC Edge will also have an optically laminated screen.
We’re hoping that Gorilla Glass 2 will offer better shatter resistance. We’ve seen way too many big screened smartphones getting some unlucky tumbles and ending up with a cracked screen.
THe official press release:
Corning to Showcase Glass Innovation for
Consumer Electronics Design at CES 2012
New Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 to be introduced
CORNING, N.Y., January 05, 2012 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its plans for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Corning booth, #12642 Central Hall, will showcase the critical role of highly engineered specialty glass in addressing emerging trends highlighted at CES 2012, including: increased functionality from smaller form factors; touch technology; connected devices in new application spaces; and sleek, durable large-format design aesthetics.
A key feature of Corning’s CES exposure will be the introduction of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2, the next generation of the popular, damage-resistant cover glass for consumer electronic devices.
“Corning Gorilla Glass has been a tremendous success for Corning, enjoying excellent market acceptance across mobile device industries. Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning’s latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. Product details will be included in an announcement planned for Monday, Jan. 9.
CES attendees can engage with Corning experts and technologies featuring the latest applications and benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass innovations. “As we did last year, we’ll provide consumers and customers visiting the Corning booth the opportunity to test first-hand the outstanding damage resistance and flexibility of this industry-leading, ultra-thin, and tough specialty glass,” Steiner added.
Corning Gorilla Glass, the technology that made Corning one of the most talked-about companies at CES 2011, is currently featured on more than 30 major brands and designed into more than 575 product models, spanning more than 500 million units worldwide.
The Corning booth will also explore the benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass in larger format, touch displays for education, entertainment, auto, and home appliance applications featuring new design possibilities. These include:
An 82-inch advanced multi-touch LCD display prototype featuring Corning Gorilla Glass as a durable, touch-sensitive, and elegant cover glass.
Touch-enabled automobile interior and home appliance center simulators demonstrating the enhanced user interface experience that thin, durable glass can enable in new design applications.
A centerpiece, Gorilla Glass-covered video wall, flanked by Gorilla Glass fabricated sound speakers, projecting the latest in Corning specialty glass technology news.
Additionally, Dr. Peter Bocko, Corning’s chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies and one of the foremost glass experts in the display industry, will be a panelist in the “Beyond the Flat Screen” session on Thursday, Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m. PST. He will discuss the latest advances in screen resolution, viewing angle, sunlight performance, and power consumption in an effort to isolate new products and opportunities.