After Gorilla, Corning looks to take on Sapphire Glass with ‘Project Phire’

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The specialized manufacturing processes that Corning employs to develop and manufacture the super thin and ultra strong “Gorilla Glass” includes complex terms like “residual compressive strength” and interesting info like the fact that every sheet of glass remains untouched by human hands during manufacture. The Result of all this high-tech wizardry is a screen which has been the top choice for various portable electronics manufacturers for its increased strength, ability to contain flaws, and overall crack-resistance.

However, the recent spate of sapphire glasses with promise of better scratch resistance has offered manufacturers a better alternative to the Gorilla glass and is being increasingly utilized, such as by Apple, for making the display panel of its smartwatch. The one thing the sapphire glass lacks however is the durability that the “Gorilla Glass” is famous for.

Apple Watch uses Saphire glass
Apple Watch uses Saphire glass

In simpler words, the Gorilla glass can take a fall better then the sapphire.

Corning has recently come out with “Project Phire” which is its term for the development of a brand which seeks to address both these issue. The Project Phire glass purports to develop something that is almost as scratch-resistant as sapphire displays, while retaining the durability of the company’s Gorilla Glass.

“We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare well when dropped,” Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. “So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire.”

The new glass is expected to reach manufacturers sometime later this year and we expect it to be a great success because lets face it who wouldn’t want a phone that can take the occasional drop??

Source: CNET

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