Corning to Unveil Its Gorilla Glass 3 at Consumer Electronics Show (Jan. 8-11, 2013)

Corning Gorilla Glass CES AnnouncementThe Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will arrive this year on January 8, 2013 and end on January 11, 2013. With the show coming each year, manufacturers receive the opportunity to introduce their new tech gadgets for the coming year. Usually, televisions are one of the most-discussed items introduced. In the past, 3D televisions were popular, but they will be replaced by 4K and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology in this year’s show.

Corning, a Gorilla Glass production company in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, will unveil its Gorilla Glass 3 at CES next week. Gorilla Glass has always been known to be durable against scratches, drops, and breaks; the iPhone 5 was made of Gorilla Glass 2 and earlier iPhones were made of Gorilla Glass 1. Gorilla Glass 3 will be more durable and scratch-resistant (three times as much). Corning studied the relationship between the structure of glass as well as its chemical composition to come up with a stronger Gorilla Glass than that found in previous iPhones. The durability of Gorilla Glass 3 means that it will take three times the amount of pressure to crack the screen. Studies also show that screen visibility has been enhanced by about 40% as a result of Corning’s research and development.

Not only does the new Gorilla Glass 3 improve screen visibility, it will also prevent future screen breaks by as much as 50%. The manufacturing company known for its tough glass displays on smartphones, notebooks, televisions, and tablets had sold 1 billion devices containing its Gorilla Glass technology as of November 2012.

How is Gorilla Glass made? Gorilla Glass is Corning’s very own fiberglass, made by first taking broken glass and using it. Broken glass is usually recycled glass that comes from broken house windows, car windows, etc. Next, the glass passes through a churner, a machine that breaks up the recycled pieces. Next, the glass passes through some form of a filter where the fine material is sorted out from the anomalous material. Last but not least, the glass is refined, producing “granular” glass, a form of fiber dust that is then used in the latest electronics.

From Recycled Glass to Refined Glass

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Apple started using Corning’s Gorilla Glass in its products in 2007, the same year that the first iPhone was released.  CEO Wendell Weeks was somewhat concerned about the project, but it worked beautifully—and the first iPhone was made durable. Corning waited until 2012 to release its Gorilla Glass 2, a material that was said to be 20% thinner than the previous Gorilla Glass (making the iPhone thinner, an Apple trademark) and more touch-response-receptive in its screen display than the previous fiberglass. Gorilla Glass 3 looks to stay in-step with Corning’s ideas, remaining thin for iPhones while twice as durable. The Kentucky glass manufacturer has also designed other types of glass such as Lotus Glass (used in liquid crystal and organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs) and Willow Glass (a flexible glass used for gadget covers).

Corning will not only present its new Gorilla Glass 3 at CES; the Kentucky company will also introduce its optical cables that will increase data transfer speeds for your Internet connectivity up to 10Gbps (gigabits per second). Corning will produce two sets of cables: Thunderbolt cables and USB cables. For those who do not like Thunderbolt or do not care for it, USB connectivity cables will be available. There is no word yet on pricing, but sources say the cables should be available by mid-Spring (April 2013).