Apple se pregateste pentru productii masive de display-uri din sticla safir (Sapphire Glass)

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GT Advanced compania partenera Apple in deschiderea fabricii de sticla safir (Sapphire Glass) din Arizona, a cumparat si primit o cantitatea mare de echipament, care indica planuri pentru productii masive de display-uri din Sapphire Glass (sticla safir).

Se pare ca GT Advanced a comandat si primit un total de 518 furnaluri si sisteme de camera, cu alte 420 de bucati pe drum. Cu aceste echipamente , fabrica din Arizona poate produce cu echpamentul actual intre 187 si 210 milioane de display-uri pe an.

Un patent recent inregistrat, arata ca Apple va folosi sticla safir (Sapphire Glass) in urmatoarele produse ale companiei, cum ar fi urmatoarea generatie iPhone sau iWatch. In acest moment compania foloseste cantitati limitate de sticla safir pentru a proteja camera pe iPhone 5 si pentru a accoperi senzorul touch ID de pe iPhone 5s.

“Lowering manufacturing and fabrication costs of sapphire is a key driver for accelerating the adoption of its use in new market segments such as cover screens for smartphones and mobile devices. GT Advanced Technologies is working with key downstream technology providers to optimize fabrication processes and technologies to lower the cost of sapphire cover screen material.

GT is partnering with Intego GmbH to develop a series of automated sapphire inspection tools that will increase the yield of high quality sapphire material from each boule and ensure that only high quality material enters the value stream. The SIRIUS Slab automated sapphire inspection tool begins a new level of repeatability and performance throughput to the production of sapphire material intended for high volume markets such as mobile and touch screen devices.”