Corning reveals astounding roll-up Willow glass for flexible displays (with video)

“Glass as thin and as flexible as a sheet of paper that can be printed on rolls just like a newspaper will be available to phone makers as soon as this month, said Dipak Chowdhury, head of Corning’s ultra-flexible thin-glass project Willow,” Jeremy A. Kaplan reports for Fox News. “‘It’s seriously built like paper,’ Chowdhury told FoxNews.com, ‘and behaves just like that.'”

“Ordinary displays in notebooks or smartphones are made of glass sandwiches, usually three sheets of the stuff measuring a bare 0.7 or 0.5 millimeters in thickness. At 0.1 millimeters thin, Corning’s brand new Willow glass is as thin as the finest human hair — and will makes those smartphone sandwiches as much as 7 times thinner,” Kaplan reports. “Glass isn’t inherently a rigid substance, Chowdhury explained. When it gets superthin, it becomes flexible just like any substance.”

Kaplan reports, “Willow Glass won’t immediately lead to roll-up iPhones, Poor was quick to note. The entire display industry is built for inflexible sheets of glass, made in massive, astronomically expensive plants. ‘It costs billions of dollars to build an LCD plant these days,’ Poor said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, who has billions of dollars, an insatiable lust for cutting-edge technology, and a masochistic dependency on Samsung that needed to be smashed the smithereens years ago?

Kaplan reports, “Display giant Dai Nippon Printing Co (DNP) will demonstrate touch sensors and color filters — two essential components for modern smartphones — printed onto Willow Glass, Chowdhury said.”

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36 Comments

    1. Apple buys Gorilla glass that is made in Kentucky USA not from overseas. So it is very, very possible that Apple will buy Willow Glass from a plant in the USA as well. Shipping cost from China would probably be more expense then the product itself. Just a thought.

      1. Since many Apple products are assembled in China, the cost of shipping from China to the US is not an issue. Apple has been able get very large margins on iPhones and iPads while shipping Gorilla glass from the US to China for assembly.

      2. Not very possible at all:
        1) the radius of how much this glass bends does not allow it to be used for those futuristic devices like half-inch thick sticks from where screens could be unrolled;
        2) and even if there was a glass as flexible as needed (which is not the case yet), then still the battery and chips are not flexible unless they are super-low charge and superslow speeds.

        As Jobs said, truly flexible mobile devices are not on the horizon.

    2. What you know about Corning would fit into the period at the end of this sentence. Do you go on the Internet? It is likely that the fiber optics that you are surfing through was done on a cable made in North Carolina by GLW. Do you watch a large screen
      TV? It is likely that that screen was made by a process Invented by Corning. (fusion draw). The glass in your iPhone was likely made in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. By the way all of this stuff was invented in a tiny upstate NY city by a group of brilliant people.

  1. “Willow Glass won’t immediately lead to roll-up iPhones,” Poor was quick to note.

    So Corning isn’t also working on a roll-up circuit board and chassis for the iPhone?

  2. Apple Gorilla Glass is made in Kentucky USA. So Apple could buy Willow Glass that is made in the USA as well. So no overseas production. Shipping from China could possibly be more expense then just buying locally produced glass. Just a thought.

    1. Nelson, with the glass made in America, shipped to the assembly point in China and then shipped back to America as part of an iPhone or iPad, shipping costs must be high.

      Since the glass would be shipped both ways in a cargo jet to do that just in time manufacturing thing, shipping costs would be astronomical.

      I think you’ll find that Gorilla glass must be made close to the Chinese assembly plant by a contractor working for Corning.

  3. @Wise…That the cowards that run MDN want to hide behind anonymity, shove countless intrusive ads at you, and offer their snarky opinions is not new. We all know that. Many people like it. What’s more disturbing is that it’s all driven by political agenda that emerges frequently in the form of links to Rush Limbaugh and other conservative voices. It’s sickening…not for what they believe. Who cares? But for the fact that they hold up truth and beauty, intelligence and human compassion in support of Apple (justifiable) in a pastiche of right wing nonsense and confusion about what really matters. There’s a mind behind MDN that is in serious need of mental health counseling. Just read a few of his “takes” that are rushed out, often misspelled, or missing words, and you’ll see he’s anything but a professional journalist. He’s an opportunist (nothing wrong with that per se)..but ultimately he’s a cowardly, rather sniveling, personality. Pathetic.

    1. Speaking of people in need of councelling, eisenstaedt (which I believe is the correct spelling…).
      I believe he stated once that “fundementalism is not a traditional but a modern problem.”
      There’s more than a few on here should take notice of that and think on it.

    2. “There’s a mind behind MDN that is in serious need of mental health counseling.”
      Typical left wing argument method. Anyone that doesn’t share a leftist point of view MUST be mentally deranged, and thus ignored and marginalized.

      PS- I think the man behind MacDailyNews is Ben Horowitz, who is partnered with Marc Andreesen. Don’t ask me why.

  4. When I look at what the girl is holding, it looks like partially opaque plastic. Not clear like I would expect glass to be. Wonder if it was the real deal or a fake to be used as an example to the unwashed masses?

    1. If you took a look at the old windows in an old, old house, you would find that the thickness at the bottom of a large pane of glass is measurably thicker than the thickness at the top of the pane.

      Even though glass is many orders of magnitude slower than molasses, vertical glass actually flows downwards over the decades.

      1. This is not true. Glass does not flow. There have been several scientific studies that have disproved this.

        Very old glass on old buildings was made using different processes than modern glass. This made for panes of glass that had varying thickness. Typically windows made from such glass were composed of many smaller panes of glass. Glaziers would put pieces of glass into windows with the thicker edges oriented downwards, since that would make the class more stable.

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