1962 glass found use in high-tech

    Since 2008, the world's largest manufacturer of glass for screens of telephones and other mobile devices has become the American corporation Corning , a company with 159 years of history, known in Russia for its St. Petersburg research center and developments in the field of fiber optics.

    Few people know that the Gorilla Glass heavy-duty glass made of aluminosilicate was obtained back in 1962 (the original name is Chemcor) and until recently has not been used anywhere. No one could find commercial use of this material with unusual properties until touchscreens were born.

    The development under the Project Muscle project to create "glass as strong as steel" using chemical and heat treatment methods began in the late 50s, and a few years later they received the first sample. It was supposed to be made of car glass, but just at that time, the British competitor Pilkington Bros. invented a much cheaper method of mass production.

    Glass sheets priced at about $ 30 were too expensive for the automotive industry - and the project was frozen for almost half a century until the technological revolution occurred.

    The first client for Gorilla glass appeared only in 2008, and the next year the company earned $ 170 million on its sales; screens with a protective coating of this glass were installed in 40 million mobile phones and other devices. Since 2011, the first Asian manufacturers will begin to cover TV screens with this glass.

    Gorilla Glass is distinguished by the fact that it is quite difficult to scratch and almost impossible to break. According to its specifications, it is about two to three stronger than ordinary glass reinforced with chemical materials ( video of strength tests ). Thanks to its properties, thinner plates can be made, which is important for preserving the aesthetic properties of telephones and televisions.

    Gorilla Glass is in use nowin more than 100 mobile devices , including Motorola Droid smartphones and LG X300 netbooks.

    via AP

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