Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Put To The Test

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Put To The Test

Corning demonstrated its latest Gorilla Glass 2 at CES, showing that it can withstand the same battering as the original, despite being 20% slimmer. See our smashing video.

Some 600 smartphone and other mobile device manufacturers use Corning’s durable Gorilla Glass, the outer layer of the touchscreen display. At CES this week, Corning announced Gorilla Glass 2, which is just as strong as the original, but about 20% thinner.


Corning also proclaims that Gorilla Glass 2 will provide brighter images and better touch sensitivity.

Gorilla Glass 2 will protect Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the company’s newest smartphone, also announced at CES this week; and that’s just for starters. Acer and Asus have already announced that they will use Gorilla Glass 2 on devices in 2012.

We had a chance to get a demonstration of the pressure Gorilla Glass 2 can withstand at a press event Monday night. As you can see in the video embedded below, our host, Jon Pesansky applied up to 120 pounds of pressure–and the glass survived.http://bcove.me/0iagx4ah

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Corey McCarren

Glad to see companies taking leadership in what I’m guessing is thin-film technology on top of glass substrates for improved devices.Wish I could read what materials they used!

Robert Hahn

@Cory…from Wikipedia

Gorilla Glass, manufactured by Corning, is an alkalialuminosilicate sheet glass engineered specifically to be thin, light and damage-resistant. Its primary application is portable electronic devices with screens, such as mobile phones, portable media players, and laptop displays. Corning experimented with chemically strengthened glass in 1960, as part of an initiative called “Project Muscle”. In 2006, Gorilla Glass was revived as a new project to develop a tough cover glass for electronic devices and consumer electronics drawing on their previous research on strengthened glass.[1][2] The glass is also used on tablets, notebooks and TVs. [3][4]

Its most useful qualities are its strength, scratch resistance and thinness. Gorilla Glass was used in about 20 percent of the world’s approximately 200 million mobile handsets in 2010.[5] Corning says that Gorilla Glass is RF compatible and has outstanding optical clarity, making it suitable for HD and 3-D television displays.[6]

[edit] Gorilla Glass 2.0

Early in 2012, Corning announced a new version of Gorilla Glass that is 20 percent thinner, but continues to have the same scratch resistance and endurance as the original.[7] The thinner glass will allow for greater touch sensitivity for the user.[8]

Corning’s revenue from Gorilla Glass was aproximately $700 million in 2011, and the product is used in almost 600 different products from tablets to ultrabooks.

[edit] Manufacturing process

The glass is placed in a hot bath of molten potassium salt at a temperature of approximately 400 °C (~750 °F). Smaller