CES: Gorilla Glass

By: Daniel Lichterman January 12th, 2011

At CES, Corning(yes, the same Corning that makes Pyrex) had a large booth displaying their latest product, Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is a new product that has been released on a number of smartphones and other electronic devices instead of the standard glass or polycarbonate screens. It is extremely hard to break and scratch, which makes it perfect for touchscreens. In their demo at CES, they were repeatedly knocking it with a metal ball.

Gorilla Glass is present on Samsung Epic 4G and the Samsung Galaxy Tab; a full list of devices can be found on their website.

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  3. BigLouie on January 17th, 2011 11:49 am

    “Gorilla Glass is a new product”

    Actually it is a really old product. Up until smart phones and tablets came out Corning really had no idea what to do with the product. I think it was invented back in the ’50s or ’60s. Read up on it’s interesting history.

  4. BigLouie on January 20th, 2011 10:47 am

    The History Of Gorilla Glass:

    Gorilla glass, the impossible to break, impossible to scratch, material that has shipped on devices such as the Motorola Droid and LG’s X300 notebook, started out as “Project Muscle” in a Corning laboratory in the late 1950s. The goal was to make a sheet of glass as strong as that of steel.

    The technique, if you’re interesting in glass making, dubbed “fusion draw” calls for hot glass to be poured into a suspended trough then left to harden before finally going through a chemical treatment. Just how tough is Gorilla glass? It’s 2x to 3x stronger than chemically treated regular glass, even at small thicknesses. Corning initially tried to get Gorilla glass into the hands of car manufacturers so that they can utilize the product in wind shields, but Gorilla proved to be too expensive and difficult to produce in scale.

    Chemcor, the name Corning uses internally when referring to Gorilla glass, sat in the labs until 2008 when the abnormally strong material got its first customer order. Now Corning expects Gorilla to start contributing to the company’s bottom line. “Initially, we were telling ourselves [Gorilla glass would be] a $10 million business,” said Corning researcher Ron Stewart. Now it’s a $170 million a year business.

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