Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today introduced Corning Iris™ Glass – a substrate that can significantly reduce the thickness of a liquid crystal display TV set, making it as thin as a smartphone.
The company developed Iris Glass for use as a light-guide plate (LGP) in edge-lit LCD TVs. All LCDs require a backlight to generate images. Light-guide plates are an integral part of the backlight assembly, distributing and directing LED light through the TV.
The primary innovation for Iris Glass is its outstanding transmission, which delivers bright pictures and proves glass is a viable LGP material.
“Initially, the display industry wanted to use glass LGPs when edge-lit LEDs first entered the market,” said John Bayne, general manager and vice president, Corning High Performance Displays and Advanced Glass Innovations. “However, the transmission was unacceptable, so panel makers defaulted to plastic.”
Although plastic’s transmission is adequate, it has limitations as an LGP. It lacks rigidity, which impacted panel makers’ ability to develop thinner TVs. To compensate, panel makers incorporated extra structural components, adding weight and bulk to the conventional edge-lit LCD TV. Further, because plastic expands when exposed to humidity, manufacturers also needed to increase the size of the framing area of the TV’s exterior, known as the bezel.
Iris Glass is 36 times stiffer than plastic, freeing panel makers to design TVs that are less than 10 millimeters thick. Iris Glass delivers 90 percent lower thermal expansion, enabling narrower bezels for sleeker designs.
Using Iris Glass as an LGP means panel makers can now add a new layer of advanced Corning glass into their set designs.
Corning will collaborate with Sakai Display Products Corporation (SDP) to demonstrate a prototype of SDP’s 70-inch, super-slim LCD module that features Iris Glass at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). SDP’s display boasts 4K resolution.
“To get a firsthand look at this incredibly thin and compelling display, CES attendees need to visit our booth,” added Bayne. “It will change the way they think about TV design.”
Corning’s booth is located at #12847 Central Hall. CES begins today and runs through Jan. 9.
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About Sakai Display Products Corporation
Founded in 2009, SDP (www.sdp.co.jp/en) develops, manufactures, and distributes LCDs. It is headquartered in Sakai, Osaka, Japan. SDP was the first company to make LCDs from G10 glass substrates. Its state-of-the-art factory using G10 technology is still the only one of its kind in the world.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.