Ceramic Industry

Corning Launches Slim LCD Glass Substrates

June 23, 2010

Corning Inc. recently introduced EAGLE XG® Slim, a new line of thin glass substrates. These substrates can allow for lighter-weight portable devices, with glass sizes up to Generation 5 at 0.4 mm thick. Corning plans to add more sizes and thicknesses to the line to support larger applications like LCD TVs.

“As the first to supply commercial volumes of 0.5 mm glass and now 0.4 mm glass, Corning is pleased to apply its technology leadership to help enable the industry’s continued advancement,” said James P. Clappin, president of Corning Display Technologies. “EAGLE XG Slim glass will allow device makers to reduce costs and provide a greener product while creating the sleek, multifunctional devices consumers desire.”

Most panel makers currently begin with 0.5-mm-thick substrates for portable devices, then use a costly thinning process that uses chemicals to reduce the thickness of the glass. Corning’s proprietary fusion process forms thin glass of pristine surface quality, ready to use as-formed. Thin input glass requires no additional panel thinning to achieve weight and thickness targets. Benefits include a lower total cost, a simplified supply chain and reduced energy consumption. In addition, the new substrates will leverage the award-winning EAGLE XG composition, an environmentally friendly glass substrate, making devices even more recyclable.

The EAGLE XG Slim will be produced at the company’s plants in Asia using its worldwide supply chain. Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co., Ltd. will also supply the product line to customers in Korea.

For more information, visit www.corning.com.