The technology entrapped in the slender pane through which millions view their Smartphone screen display will soon be utilized to make automobiles lighter and thus, improve fuel economy.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass is a strong yet pliable glass that is currently used on 1.5 billion electronic devices worldwide. With Gorilla Glass, Corning developed a new atomic composition for glass that has contributes less damage to the environment than competitor materials like Sapphire Glass, which is not actually glass but a crystalline material.
First launched in 2007, the company has introduced three versions of the material. All of them greatly improve the durability, image clarity and touch experience of electronic devices. More recently introduced is the Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance. Chemically strengthened, this version is thin, lightweight, versatile, and transparent, but is extremely durable and scratch resistant.
Compared to Sapphire Glass, Gorilla Glass uses 99% less energy to manufacture, is half the weight, provides brighter displays, and costs less than one-tenth of Sapphire Glass. Gorilla Glass also uses only one-hundredth the energy to operate.
Additionally, Sapphire Glass, although 2-3 times thicker than Gorilla Glass, breaks more easily in commonly accepted strength tests when placed under similar strain.
Within the next year, Corning senior vice president, Jeffrey Evenson, predicts Gorilla Glass will be used by at least one high-end automobile manufacturer, used to replace the standard glass in the windows of automobiles. In addition to weight reduction, and the resulting reduction in fuel usage, Gorilla Glass will make cars quieter from the inside.
Despite this new endeavor, Corning is still continuing to make developments for mobile devices. Part of the next generation for display screens comes in the form of their “antimicrobial” glass. In the coming months, this glass will be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the intention of making device interactions in the health-industry more sanitary.
Eventually, it may even be used on Smartphones, which have a germ count that, as Evenson so eloquently dispenses ” exceeds the number of germs on a public toilet.”
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