LAS VEGAS —
Corning came to the sands of the desert
to introduce the next phase in its cover glass technology
— Gorilla Glass 2.
The new technology, which was featured in the company’s
booth during International CES, showed an
even more durable iternation of its famous cover glass
used for consumer electronics products, ranging from
small handheld portable phones to big-screen TVs.
Corning said Gorilla Glass 2 enables up to a 20 percent
reduction in glass thickness, while maintaining the
damage resistance characteristics of the first iteration.
Corning said the thinner Gorilla Glass 2 enables
slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images and
greater touch sensitivity.
“Corning Gorilla Glass has enjoyed tremendous
market adoption in the high-growth mobile handset
and computing device market, providing a replacement
for plastic and legacy soda-lime glass as a protective
cover and elegant design solution,” said James
R. Steiner, Corning specialty materials senior VP and
“We knew Corning Gorilla Glass could get even
better. So in response to our customers’ drive toward
thinner form factors, we designed this new glass to
enable meaningful reduction in thickness without
sacrificing the outstanding glass performance for
which Gorilla Glass has become highly recognized.
This glass, along with Windows operating system
innovations from Microsoft, will help deliver exceptional
beauty, performance and toughness for new
Windows PCs. You will see this early this year with
Windows-based PCs, which we expect to be the
first in-market laptops designed to leverage the
performance of our new second-generation glass,”
Product qualification and design implementation
for Corning Gorilla Glass 2 are underway with Corning’s
global customers, a number of whom are expected
to unveil new devices using Corning Gorilla
Glass 2 during the coming months, Corning said.
Since Corning first introduced Gorilla Glass in
2007, it has become the most widely deployed
cover glass, used by more than 30 major brands
and designed into more than 575 product models,
reaching more than 500 million units worldwide, according
to the company.
Corning said the Gorilla Glass business is expected
to reach more than $700 million in 2011
sales, nearly triple 2010’s results.