Corning Announces 'Lotus XT' Substrate Glass for Brighter, Cheaper Mobile Displays

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Corning yesterday announced (via Engadget) the launch of its latest glass substrate for LCD and OLED displays, Lotus XT Glass. While Corning is famous for its Gorilla Glass used by Apple and other device manufacturers to provide durable covers for their displays, substrate glass like Lotus Glass is used within the displays themselves to support the transistors and other components necessary for the displays to function.

    Lotus XT Glass, an improved version of the original Lotus Glass announced in late 2011, offers improved thermal characteristics and stability to help increase efficiency and yield during display production. Lotus XT Glass is available in a variety of thicknesses ranging from 0.4 to 0.7 mm to support various applications.

    In an introductory video, Corning vice president John Bayne outlines how Lotus XT Glass will enable better displays with improved yields:
    It will still take some time for display manufacturers to adopt Lotus Glass XT for use in their processes and for those panels to make their way into finished products, but with Lotus Glass XT offering up to 75% better performance in total pitch variation than the original version, it seems likely that manufacturers will move quickly to adopt the product.

    Article Link: Corning Announces 'Lotus XT' Substrate Glass for Brighter, Cheaper Mobile Displays
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    You will be watching this using the Apple Tv then.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2003
    I happily wait the optical performance of Museum Glass used on laptops, smartphones and iMacs.

    The TruVue visual quality of the glass is simply astounding but the surface is fragile and prone to loosing its characteristics when touched. Basically, Gloss with almost 0 reflection.
  4. macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Stuff gets better. Or in the very least the PR department makes it sound that way.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    Just a reminded Corning would not have been around now if it wasn't for Steve Jobs.
  6. macrumors 65832


    Mar 7, 2012
    wow, cool. and now we need the battery technology to catch up.
  7. macrumors regular

    May 14, 2013
    Apple really should have bought Corning.
  8. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Why are the letters XT so cool to marketers?
  9. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    Son of a pitch!

    These guys are getting good.

    More uses than plates, cups and bowls etc.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    If it can make devices lighter and thinner, we know that Apple will adopt it. I'd prefer something shatterproof.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Just in time to miss this round of iPhone's/iPad's. Good one.
  12. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    All new innovation misses the current round of production. Simple fact of life.
  13. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    Great to see a "glass" related article about Apple... Too much Google glass news lately... :p
  14. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    This, if I understand correctly, isn't the outside glass.that is what needs to be shatterproof. Or at least very strongly shatter resistant.

    If this makes it lighter, thinner, less glare, better colors and possible to use in sunlight, then I don't care if apple waits until next march to release anything new to give time for mass production. Heck forgot the first two and I'll still wait
  15. macrumors regular

    May 1, 2008
    Lotus glass? Fantastic!

    I have driven a Lotus and they are fast and more importantly, they corner brilliantly. I hope the next iPhone comes with a standard transmission, as I hate sequential shift.
  16. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I wouldn't be so sure about that. Apple has been known to front research costs via early buys in order to get exclusive access to something. It's possible that this wasn't announced until it had be tested in a display or two with someone like Sharp and they are now preparing to receive essentially every unit that can be made so they can produce screens for the fall releases. Which despite rumors is likely when they were always to happen.

    Heck, Apple could have known about this for a while, including the time table, and that could be a factor with the iOS release to moving the iPads to the fall.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Digital Dude

    Oct 12, 2008
    Arizona where freedom still means something
    Boring but informative. :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 68000

    Jan 9, 2007
    Quick, someone claim the iPhone doesn't use Gorilla Glass!
  19. CJM
    macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    You've driven a flower? Impressive!
  20. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    I think you mean a spreadsheet.

    Or yoga.
  21. macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    This is old fashion BS!

    Cornings interests are very wide, Girila glass is a small drop in a big bucket.
  22. macrumors regular

    May 1, 2008
    New meaning to gas pedal.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Looking forward to those displays in the iPhone 6. :cool:
  24. macrumors 603


    Oct 21, 2008
    I've read the iPhone 5 doesn't use the Gorilla glass and looking at the front of mine I can well believe it! Although other story's state it does but no proof exists either way. So I do hope Apple use this new glass at the very least in its new products. Although we also have this sapphire glass rumour too?
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
    Every component slowly but surely marches forward, sometimes they take a bunch of components with them , this glass is one of those little game changers.

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