Corning to unveil new Gorilla Glass

John Zick
This photo shows the strength of Gorilla Glass 2

Corning Inc.  unveiled the next generation of its prized Gorilla Glass at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Gorilla Glass is a lightweight, highly damage-resistant glass used worldwide in consumer products, such as smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions. It is used in more than 575 products by more than 30 major brands and is built into more than 500 million units worldwide.

Corning has not yet released product details –but Gorilla Glass 2 is “well positioned” to meet manufacturers’ goals of higher functionality in thinner handset and tablet designs, as well as enable “broader touch technology penetration,” according to James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Specialty Materials.

“As we did last year, we’ll provide consumers and customers visiting the booth the opportunity to test firsthand the outstanding damage resistance and flexibility of this industry-leading, ultra-thin and tough specialty glass,” Steiner said of next week’s CES.

Corning’s booth at the show will also address the benefits of Gorilla Glass in larger formats, such as touch displays for education, entertainment, auto and home-appliance applications. These included:

• An advanced, 82-inch multi-touch LCD display prototype featuring Gorilla 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 Gorilla Glass-covered video wall flanked by Gorilla Glass fabricated sound speakers.

Also at the show, Dr. Peter Bocko, Corning’s chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies, was  a panelist in the “Beyond the Flat Screen” session. He discussed the latest advances in screen resolution, viewing angles, sunlight performance and power consumption.