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Corning to Unveil Next-Generation G-2000 Green Laser Technology at SID Display Week 2010

Ideal light source for embedded microprojection applications delivers excellent optical power, efficiency, and bandwidth 

CORNING, N.Y., May 24, 2010 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) will introduce its new Corning®  G-2000 green laser at the Display Week 2010 conference, held by the Society for Information Display (SID), in Seattle, Wash., May 23-28. The G-2000 green laser demonstrates the industry’s highest commercially available performance in optical power, efficiency, and bandwidth. As a result, it is well suited to meet the demands of the growing market for portable microprojection devices. 

Corning has led the industry with the development of the first synthetic green laser technology, the first commercially deployed synthetic green laser for microprojection (Corning® G-1000) and now, the next-generation commercial product, the G-2000.  Advancing from the G-1000 technology, the G-2000 green laser is 30% brighter, 60% more efficient, and offers 20% better bandwidth than its predecessor.

“The microprojection market presents a very large opportunity for our customers. That’s why the development of a winning light-source solution — one that is bright, small, and easy on a battery – is so important,” said Thomas Mills, general manager, Green Lasers, Corning New Business Development.  “The G-2000 is brighter, faster, and more efficient than any other green laser commercially available today. With these benefits, it can provide our customers a much needed competitive edge over alternative solutions, like LED-based projectors.”

As microprojection moves toward mass adoption in the consumer electronics industry, performance requirements are becoming increasingly demanding. Device makers want projectors with brightness of greater than 10 lumens, wide-video graphics array (WVGA) resolution or better, and at least two hours of battery life.

Providing outstanding solutions for these tough requirements, the Corning G-2000 green laser: 

  • generates 80mW of optical power, enabling up to twenty lumens projection;
  • provides a power-efficient solution with 8% wall-plug efficiency (WPE), and longer battery life;
  • delivers excellent bandwidth capability with modulation speeds up to 150 MHz, enabling wide extended graphics array (WXGA) resolution;
  • ensures consistent green power across a 10-60ºC temperature range, providing  thermal stability over wide temperature ranges and extended use periods; and
  • is designed with a 4 mm height and slim footprint that enables embedded microprojection in today’s ultra-slim mobile devices.

“With the market shifting to greater than 10 lumens brightness and resolution of WXGA, we need to develop solutions that place us ahead of the competition,” said Andrew Hung, president, Opus Microsystems, a leading provider of MEMS-based picoprojector solutions to enable new-generation mobile projection applications that is currently evaluating the G-2000 in multiple picoprojector designs. “The optical power, efficiency, and modulation frequency demonstrated by Corning’s G-2000 green laser make it possible for us to deliver on these demanding requirements.”

The Corning G-2000 green laser is currently being sampled by customers. Commercial production is estimated to begin later in 2010.

In addition to introducing its G-2000 green laser technology, Corning will present its newest display technologies and outlook on future trends in advanced display in booth #641 at the SID conference. To learn more about Corning green laser technology, visit www.corning.com/green_laser or contact us at greenlaser@corning.com.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

About Opus Microsystems Corporation
Opus Microsystems Corporation is a global leader in developing and delivering innovative mobile projection solutions based on MEMS and semiconductor technologies. Headquartered in Taiwan, Opus provides MEMS, display controller IC and optical modules to enable new generation picoprojectors with RGB laser light sources for bright images with high contrast and vivid colors. For more information, please visit http://www.opusmicro.com.tw

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