Corning has been successfully selling its Gorilla Glass on mobile devices as a much stronger and more durable alternative to other glass or plastic screens. We have seen flexible OLED devices before now but the cost has always been prohibitive enough to prevent a large consumer release. By tweaking the process Corning uses to make Gorilla Glass the company is now able to produce sheets of flexible 0.5mm thick Willow Glass a metre across which will help lower production costs. The Register reports that Corning is confident that their new product will be compatible with touchscreen LCDs and OLEDs and will add flexibility while reducing weight.
"Corning has been showing off a new form of flexible glass that is the thickness of a sheet of paper yet easy to mass-produce.
Dubbed Willow glass, the material can be manufactured to just 0.05mm thickness compared to current 0.2mm or 0.5mm screens, and is suitable for touch control systems and with LCD and OLED displays. The extraordinary flexibility of the glass comes from the materials used to build it and the process by which it is made."
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