Corning Debuts Thin and Flexible Willow Glass
Corning today announced a new type of glass for smartphones, tablets, and other touch devices called Willow Glass. Willow Glass is light weight, thin, and flexible, according to Corning, and supports thinner backplanes and color filters for use with either OLED and LCD technologies. Willow Glass can also be wrapped around devices and structures, giving them the look of curved displays. Willow Glass can be processed at high temperatures to create strength and formed into panels as thin as 100 microns (about the thickness of a piece of paper). Willow Glass is sampling now to select vendors and Corning expects it to go into production later this year.
Micro-LED Backlights Could Bring OLED Performance to LCD Screens
AT CES this week, Rohinni demonstrated its micro-LED technology, and provided a glimpse at new backlight technology it's working on for the LCD display panels used in phones. While most LED chips are around 1mm, Rohinni's micro-LEDs are many times smaller and can be placed precisely on thin, flexible plastic sheets.
Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ Targets Wearables
Corning this week announced Gorilla Glass SR+, a scratch resistant glass intended for smartwatches and other wearables. Corning says Gorilla Glass SR+ is strong and provides the same optical clarity and touch sensitivity of its normal glass while also boosting resistance to impact damage by 70%.
LG Innotek Devises Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Sensor
LG Innotek revealed a new fingerprint sensor that works through glass, allowing LG and other smartphone makers to create devices free from buttons. LG Innotek was able to do this by carving a small furrow out of the back side of the glass.
Qualcomm's New Fingerprint Sensors Work Under Water and Through Metal
Qualcomm today announced its next-generation fingerprint sensors for displays, metal, and glass. Qualcomm says it created the new sensors for today's demanding mobile designs, which are moving towards bezel-less, glass-and-metal hardware.