Corning announces flexible and bendable Willow Glass for use in electronic displays

Daniel Bader

June 4, 2012 4:21pm


If you ever wondered how thin glass could be, how’s 100 microns for you? That’s about the thickness of a piece of copy paper, according to Corning, who is today announcing the next iteration of its strong substrate, Willow Glass.

Willow Glass is meant to be produced on the cheap, but provides a flexibility that allows the substrate to bend and adapt to different form factors without sacrificing its strength. The company details this in a video (after the break) that shows off the potential use cases for the glass. Ultimately, what we’re excited about is seeing Willow Glass in smartphones, as the company claims it is perfect for use with thin OLED displays.

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.

Earlier this year, Samsung announced that it would begin using flexible displays on its devices in the future, while Corning announced Gorilla Glass 2 which would ship on the Galaxy S III. The two companies seem to be complementing one another, as Samsung’s Super AMOLED and Corning’s Willow Glass seem to be the perfect combination.

Check after the break for a demonstration video of Willow Glass being created using a “roll-to-roll” process.

Source: Corning
Via: PhoneArena

  • Aiden

    first@

    • LeGarette Blount

      Will this be in BB10?

  • Atrix

    second@

  • heylisten

    Looks like that flexible watch-phone hybrid isnt too far off after all :D

  • watsan

    not sure about, even though gorilla glass is the among the greatest inventions since sliced bread. i just watched a video showing drop tests on the sgsIII and it didnt fair too well- that uses gorilla glass 2, no? fingers crossed that the durability reflects what we have come to appreciate from gorilla glass, as the design opportunities and applications exude progress and sheer style

  • David Evans

    Is the battery industry ready for this? While I will acknowledge the possibility of a watch, are there flexible batteries that can be used with the technology to make a sellable product?

  • zzzZZZZzz

    @david evans, battery industry doesn’t care. Why would they sell X superior batteries instead of 100X regular batteries they have right now?

    Anyway, a better answer for you, given this type of flexible glass, we could actually see flexible batteries. It’s mostly an issue of the exterior of a battery bending than the interior. With the help of Corning, expect flexible batteries in a future near you…if the will is there.

  • Kid.Canada

    ^^ I hope so

  • John Smith

    I’ll be waiting for transparent aluminum to come to market. :D