Corning a lansat o sticla curbata numita 3D Gorilla Glass

Corning este unul din principalii furnizori pentru sticla folosita in fabricarea iPhone si iPad, si, cum Apple se zvoneste ca are un smart watch in productie, noua sticla curbata, mai subtire, mai usoara si mai rezistenta produsa de Corning ar fi putea oferi solutii pentru suprafetele curbate din iWatch.

“Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.

The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a “one-roof” solution. “We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”

Apple a folosit sticla curbata in cateva din produsele lor in trecut, cel mai vizibila fiind in generatia precedenta de iPod nano. Au existat o serie de zvonuri privind dezvoltarea unor iPhone-uri curbate, cele mai recente fiind in noiembrie (cand Bloomberg a spus ca Apple va lansa iPhone-uri de 4,7 si 5,5 inch in toamna urmatoare cu ecrane usor curbate).