Corning launches Lotus XT Glass; prime candidate for future Apple iOS devices

“Corning, the company that currently supplies glass for Apple’s iOS devices, yesterday introduced its second generation glass substrate with the commercial launch of Corning Lotus XT Glass,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“While we initially expected Corning’s recently announced Gorilla Glass 3 might end up in an iOS device, the second generation Lotus XT Glass could be a prime candidate for LCD and OLED displays on future Apple devices,” Kahn reports. “Corning will be showing off its next-gen Lotus XT Glass in Vancouver from May 21 to May 23 at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week event.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Corning’s press release, verbatim:

Corning Introduces Corning Lotus™ XT Glass and Showcases Glass Innovations at SID Display Week 2013

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the commercial launch of Corning Lotus™ XT Glass, a second-generation glass substrate specially formulated for high-performance displays. The company will feature its latest specialty glass innovation – alongside its other advanced glass technologies – in its booth (#801) at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 21 – 23.

Lotus XT Glass features best-in-class total pitch variation, which is integral to efficient panel manufacturing. Essentially, total pitch – usually measured in microns or parts per million (ppm) – is the distance features move during panel processing.

“If you can predict the amount the glass shifts, then you can account for this movement. Deviation – or variation – from this predictable movement can ultimately result in yield loss,” said John P. Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning High Performance Displays. “Lotus XT Glass is designed to have improved thermal and dimensional stability over higher temperatures, generating higher yields for our customers.”

The Corning Lotus Glass platform enables organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays and liquid crystal displays (LCD) that use either low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) or oxide thin-film transistor (TFT) backplanes. The result is an energy-efficient, immersive display device that features high resolution, fast response times, and bright picture quality.

In addition to Lotus XT Glass, the Corning booth will feature each of its advanced glass technologies, including: Corning EAGLE XG® Slim for a-Si displays; Corning® Willow™ Glass, the company’s ultra-slim, flexible glass; and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance™. Corning experts will provide daily demonstrations of Gorilla Glass 3, the industry-leading, damage-resistant cover glass. Attendees should consult booth staff for exact times.

Display Week attendees will also have the opportunity to hear several of Corning’s technology experts deliver presentations at the conference.

“Display Week is a time to take stock of the industry and its future,” Bayne noted. “The industry is changing, and Corning believes each of its innovative glasses helps solve tough technological challenges – advancing displays even further.”

For additional information about Corning’s presence at SID Display Week 2013, please visit

Source: Corning Incorporated

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. This 9-to-5 guy made an ignorant statement; this glass has nothing to do with iOS devices; it is for displays, such as used in notebooks.

    iOS devices absolutely require the hardest and yet as least brittle as possible glass, and those qualities are only covered by “Gorilla” glass series. Currently iOS devices feature Gorilla Glass 2, but later this year Gorilla Glass 3, said to be twice stronger than GG2, will be manufactured while scale.

    (There were rumours about sapphire cover glass for iPhone, but it does not seem likely at all due to prices as well as manufacturing limitations.)

        1. Unfortunately, all the engineers have been pulled off the iTransporter project to work on the iPhaser project in preparation for the looming battle with the Evil Googloid Empire and the Samsungian Armada.

      1. Damn.

        And I was expecting the display would be sapphire covered AND the A7 chip would be silicon-on-sapphire. The first would keep the “cover glass” from yellowing in the impending nuclear blast and the second would allow the iPhone N (Nuke) to continue to operate through the nuclear event!

        Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to wait.

    1. Ahhhhhhhh GLW. I remember it well from 1999. What a rocketship that was! Those were some interesting times in the stock market.Sun,CSCO,RIMM,CMGI,GLW,JDSU were just a few of the big boys. Bought and sold Yahoo three times for good profits during 1999. Bought it for the fourth time in September for $180 and sold it the first Monday in 2000 for $475. Made lots of money on lots of stocks. Held on to things too long because I was greedy. I knew to take my profits but I didn’t follow the fundamentals of investing. Rule number one, you invest to make a profit. I held on to things and ended up losing my ass. Oooops! Lesson learned. It’s why I sold Apple last September when it reached $700.

      1. Yes I wish I had, so I could have bought back in now.
        Corning Inc. is also an amazing place to visit if you’re ever anywhere near it in the bottom side of central NY State. Corning Glass Museum is vast, beautiful and amazing. Great exhibits. And you can even make a glass ornament yourself. NIce at Christmas to bring the kids and make a custom bulb for the tree (though they are quite heavy).

  2. I have confidence that the same company that developed Lotus XT glass and Gorilla glass can develop a hybrid product that has the best qualities of each. It’s too bad that this newer product will be released after my upgrade this year.

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