Corning are famous for their glass-based products, most notably Serengeti Drivers sunglasses and Gorilla Glass screens which protect the majority of mobile devices on the planet. Todd gets a hands-on demonstration of Corning’s latest products from Jon Pesansky and Gabriela Allen.
This year sees come to market which roughly doubles the height a phone could fall without screen damage. Alternatively, the glass can be made thinner for the same level of survivability and a 0.4 mm thick piece of Gorilla Glass 4 is the same as a 0.55 mm of Gorilla Glass 3.
Partly as a result of the high data transfer rates, the maximum length of Thunderbolt and USB3 electrical cables is only a few metres. To address this, Corning have developed fibre versions of these cables which can run longer distances and put up with the abuse typically associated with plugging and unplugging cables. They don’t come cheap with a 5.5 m Thunderbolt cable costing $179 and a 10m USB3 cable costing $109. Available now.
Each year Corning tries to outperform its previous class of Gorilla Glass. With 2.0 at the 2012 International CES, we thought they couldn’t do one better, but this year we were proven wrong. Of course, with Gorilla Glass, it’s all about the live demo, but here’s a quick rundown. The new Gorilla Glass 3.0 with Native Damage Resistance (NDR) can be made as thin as .5 nanometers and up to 2nm and is able to withstand scratches of over 7 Newton of force and critical loads of up to 15,000 grams before cracks will start to appear.
Corning says that the glass should be available to over one billion devices moving forward. So, if you’re in the market for a new phone in the coming year, be sure to be on the lookout for one with the toughest glass to-date on protecting that precious screen.
If you’ve got a mobile phone from htc or a Samsung Galaxy Tab, then there’s a good chance you’re looking at the display through Corning glass. Todd talks to James Hollis, Director of Corning Display Technologies, to find out what Corning brings to the electronics market.
Well…Gorilla Glass is probably their most well known and flagship product. Developed in 2007, it’s an aluminosilicate glass that is optically pure and has excellent scratch resistance and strength properties. James describes how this glass is manufactured and the chemical structure that gives the glass its hardness. Gorilla Glass is 3-to-5 times harder than standard glass (well, I think that’s what he means when he talks about “soda lime glass”).
Todd has a lot of fun scratching and breaking samples of glass…or not breaking in the case of the Gorilla Glass. It’s a great demonstration of what you are buying when you buy a gadget with Gorilla Glass, so watch the video to understand the value.
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