Manufacturers trying to build slimmer electronic devices are at the mercy of component makers, whose parts they have to build around. Corning is doing its part and unveiled its next generation Gorilla Glass 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Gorilla Glass 2 is up to 20 percent thinner than before, yet equally tough and resistant to scratches, Corning claims.
"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, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. "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."
Corning said new Windows-based PCs early this year will be the first laptops to leverage its second generation Gorilla Glass, something which Microsoft is "very excited" about. Acer also plans to incorporate Gorilla Glass 2 on its Iconia products, as well as Asus on its Transformer line.
In addition to a slimmer profile, Corning says the thinner Gorilla Glass 2 enables brighter images and greater touch sensitivity.