PGS leverages all three of our core technologies – glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics. And we utilize three of the four manufacturing and engineering platforms – vapor deposition, fusion and precision forming. Our products are applicable in four of our five market-access platforms: mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive and life sciences.
We’re helping the company gain ground in the platforms I mentioned by proving that glass is a superior solution in many places where plastic or silicon has been prevalent. Mobile devices, for instance, have traditionally relied on silicon-based chips. We’re showing that there are actually multiple advantages to using glass in many of those devices. This opens up a whole new way for Corning to sell more glass per device.
It also takes a lot of work and skill. To convince OEMs to make this switch requires tremendous expertise from a team of very talented people. Because of our manufacturing abilities, we’re able to match our glass into their existing manufacturing process that was based around silicon. This makes it a much easier sell for an OEM considering making the switch. And once they do, we’re proving that using glass is actually lower cost, as we enable them to eliminate other components.
So our expertise is continuing to innovate in the realm we helped create. We’re enabling thinner, lighter, faster, more immersive devices while selling more glass.
Additionally, in display, our wafer-level capping solutions get us into a variety of applications with light projectors, from things like digital signage and personal electronics to the head-up display concepts that make upcoming automotive innovations so exciting.