Corning has made quite a name for themselves with their Gorilla Glass brand of hardened display technology. At FPD International in Yokohama, Japan, Corning has now announced Lotus Glass. The environmentally friendly and high-performance display glass supports both organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays and next generation liquid crystal displays (LCD), which are found on smartphones, tablets, notebook computers and other mobile devices.
Corning formulated Lotus Glass to perform exceptionally well in low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) and oxide thin-film transistor (TFT) backplane manufacturing environments. The thermal consistency allows it to retain its shape and surface quality during high-temperature processing. This helps guard against thermal sag and warp, which improves the integration of components onto the glass. Corning’s proprietary fusion process results in a thin display that consumes less power while supposedly delivering superior picture quality.
Corning Lotus Glass is currently in production. It’s unclear when we’ll start seeing Lotus Glass on our Android smartphones and tablets, but we imagine Corning will be on hand at CES 2012 to demo their latest product, and we’ll be there to film it.
Update: Corning has chimed in with the following statement for clarification purposes.
Gorilla Glass is a cover glass for the exterior of display devices, while Corning Lotus Glass is a glass substrate used within liquid crystal display panels. Therefore, many electronic devices could feature both Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Lotus Glass. Lotus is not a cover glass – its intrinsic thermal stability means that it can withstand the requirements of customer processing better than many conventional glasses. This will help manufacturers offer OLED display mobile devices with lower power consumption, superior picture quality and a thinner form factor.