Corning Willow Glass: il vetro flessibile per i futuri smartphone

5 giugno 201215 commenti

Il futuro dei nostri dispositivi mobile, soprattutto per quanto riguarda i nostri smartphone, sembra puntare diritto sui display flessibili. Molti grandi produttori hanno presentato i propri esemplari di vetri e display flessibili, come lo YOUM di Samsung e gli E-ink flessibili di LG, ma ancora oggi non sembra essere partita ufficialmente la produzione. Tra i produttori non poteva mancare Corning, l’azienda celebre per il Gorilla Glass che protegge il display dei nostri device Android, la quale ha realizzato il vetro flessibile, cioè Willow Glass.

L’immagine che avrete notato in testa all’articolo presenta il nuovo Corning Willow Glass, il vetro flessibile per i display dei nostri futuri smartphone.

Il Willow Glass può vantare uno spessore minimo di 100 micron, cioè 0,1 millimetri. Nonostante ciò Corning non dimentica la resistenza, come sui celebri Gorilla Glass, infatti il vetro flessibile riesce egregiamente a resistere ad urti e graffi, anche se ancora è difficile poter testare realmente quanto annunciato.

Ecco un breve video di presentazione:


Il Corning Willow Glass sarà inizialmente utilizzato nel settore mobile, quindi sui nostri futuri smartphone, e successivamente sarà anche impiegato per la realizzazione dei pannelli solari.

Chissà quando riusciremo a testare la resistenza di questi vetri flessibili per i nostri display flessibili.

Ecco il comunicato stampa:

Corning Launches Ultra-Slim Flexible Glass

Corning® Willow™ Glass will help enable new, thinner applications and could revolutionize display manufacturing

CORNING, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced the launch of Corning® Willow™ Glass, an ultra-slim flexible glass, which could revolutionize the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronic technologies. The company made the announcement today at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week, an industry tradeshow in Boston.

Corning Willow Glass will help enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today’s slim displays and the smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be “wrapped” around a device or structure. As well, Corning Willow Glass can be processed at temperatures up to 500° C. High temperature processing capability is essential for today’s high end displays, and is a processing condition that cannot be supported with polymer films. Corning Willow Glass will enable the industry to pursue high-temperature, continuous “roll-to-roll” processes – similar to how newsprint is produced – that have been impossible until now.

It will support thinner backplanes and color filters for both organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and liquid crystal displays (LCD) in high performance, portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. This new, ultra-slim flexible glass will also help develop conformable (curved) displays for immersive viewing or mounting on non-flat surfaces.

Corning Willow Glass is formulated to perform exceptionally well for electronic components such as touch sensors, as well as leveraging glass’s natural hermetic properties as a seal for OLED displays and other moisture and oxygen-sensitive technologies.

“Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner. Corning Willow Glass provides the substrate performance to maintain device quality in a thin and light form factor,” said Dr. Dipak Chowdhury, division vice president and Willow Glass program director. “Currently manufacturing in a sheet-to-sheet process, we expect Corning Willow Glass to eventually allow customers to switch to high throughput, efficient roll-to-roll processing, a long-awaited industry milestone.”

Like Corning’s other leading-edge glass substrates, including EAGLE XG® Slim and Corning LotusTM Glass, Corning Willow Glass is produced using the company’s proprietary fusion process. Advances in fusion forming have made it possible to produce glass that is 100 microns thick – about the thickness of a sheet of copy paper. Even at that thickness, it provides hermetic sealing to sensitive components, while also providing excellent optical, thermal, and surface properties.

Corning is currently shipping samples of its Willow Glass to customers developing new display and touch applications. The company is also collaborating with research institutions, customers, and equipment makers to develop an ecosystem of compatible process equipment, including optimized process design.

Although initially being launched as an advanced display substrate, Corning is actively working on other potential applications for its Willow Glass, including use in lighting and flexible solar cells.

“Corning will continue to develop and improve innovative glass products to enable the high-performance, game-changing displays that will drive tomorrow’s increasingly diverse electronics markets,” Chowdhury said.

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Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.”


  • Fear_paura88

    io i video non riesco a vederli mai con galaxy s2…xkè?

    • SingingInTheRain

      Stesso problema

      • Dario

        Con gingerbread si vedevano ….
        Mo nulla manco a me…

        • Asd

          Avevate letto che con ics c’erano problemi sull’autonomia e sulla compatibilità con molte applicazioni e avete voluto aggiornare lo stesso…non vi trovavate bene con ginger? Io personalmente, finchè nn svilupperanno un aggiornamento che risolverà tutti i problemi non aggiornerò, se non con qualche custom. Adesso cavoli vostri.

          • the_black_razr

            Ho un razr con ics beta e anche io non riesco a vedere video.Comunque non ti sbattere troppo perchè ics và il 4iplo di ginger di velocità.

    • Jmgh

      quelli con il sgs2 è vero che non ne capiscono niente di android.

    • lorenzo nappo

      hahahah alla faccia vostra che havete l’s2!

  • Blisset

    I video non si vedono con Android 4.
    E’ un pezzo che devono aggiornare questa app con il supporto ad Android 4,ma ancora niente….

  • Andre

    Io non vedo i video…

  • Simone312

    Io lo vedo benissimo il video e ho il gs2 versione 2.3.3… (aggiungo che fra qualche giorno prenderò il gs3 nn appena riuscirò a vendere il mio smartphone a 300€)

    • Paolo Refuto

      Quanto ha?

    • Blisset

      Infatti non si vedono su ANDROID 4 perché l’app Androidiani non lo supporta.
      Se hai la 2.3 è logico che tu lo veda

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  • Paolo Refuto

    Non vi siete persi niente, non vedendo il video..

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