Corning announced a heavy-duty glass «Project Phire», which is comparable to sapphire




Corning has officially unveiled a new generation of protective coating for future smartphones and tablets. According to a press release from the manufacturer, this time the company decided to focus not on the impact resistance, and scratches and cracks. It is argued that a new coating in this regard is not inferior sapphire – second strength after diamond material which is significantly harder than the glass.


Any glass resistant to scratches, say in Corning. Therefore, to make glass, which is impossible to scratch, in principle, impossible. However, the company created a special kind of tempered glass: to its surface will scratch or crack, it is necessary to make the same effort as in the case with a sapphire. In this case, it is more resistant to a split in the fall than sapphire. Heavy-duty coating is codenamed Project Phire.

Corning claims that sapphire windows worse transmit light that reduces the display brightness. To display an image you want more power, otherwise the image is not as bright and clear. This, in turn, affects the battery life of mobile devices. Project Phire does not have this drawback.

“Last year, we said that the sapphire withstands scratches, but is fairly brittle material, – said the head of Corning Glass Technologies James Klappin. – That is why we have created a product that offers the same stability in the fall, and that Gorilla Glass 4, but is protected from scratches at Sapphire. ”

The first devices based on the Project Phire can appear as early as this year. Previously, Apple has officially confirmed that Corning is a major supplier of glass for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, so the new material could well be used in the next generation of “apple” of smartphones and tablets.

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