Corning Brings Gorilla® Glass NBT™ to Touch-Enabled Notebooks
New cover glass helps prevent damage to touchscreen displays; extends Corning Gorilla Glass into new market
CORNING, N.Y. – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today introduced its newest cover glass, Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™, designed to help protect touch notebook displays from scratches and other forms of damage that come from everyday handling and use.
Gorilla Glass NBT is Corning’s unique glass solution for touch-enabled notebooks. Touch has become the primary way consumers are interacting with devices, which can cause the glass to scratch. Scratches, combined with flex applied to the display, can result in the glass breaking. Corning Gorilla Glass NBT provides enhanced scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility, and better retained strength once a scratch occurs, to help protect notebook displays from breakage that can occur with plain soda-lime glass.
Corning Gorilla Glass NBT meets or exceeds the performance demands of touch-based notebook applications sought by consumers who want thinner, sleeker and lighter-weight personal computers featuring touch technology. According to market research, touch-enabled notebooks represent the next wave in touch technologies, with the potential to nearly triple in unit volume over the next few years. In addition, Corning consumer surveys show that complaint rates are more than twice as high for scratches on laptop screens compared with scratches on other mobile device screens.
“Known as the cover glass of choice for device manufacturers around the world, Corning Gorilla Glass now extends its exceptional capabilities into the emerging touch-enabled notebook market,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “We are confident that Corning Gorilla Glass NBT will challenge the current performance of soda-lime glass as demand for touch-enabled notebooks continues to grow. In fact, for just 1 to 2 percent of a device’s retail price, Gorilla Glass NBT provides eight to 10 times more damage resistance than soda-lime alternatives.”
Similar to a handheld or slate device, the consumer’s physical interaction intensifies with a touch-enabled notebook device to include swiping, tapping, gripping and cleaning. Everyday interaction with these notebook devices can result in scratched cover glass and a compromised user experience. Replacing the screen can be expensive and sometimes cost as much as half of the full notebook price, while leaving the user without a device for days.
“As a leader in touch-enabled computing, Dell is always seeking the finest materials to ensure our notebook screens are impact and scratch resistant,” said Sam Burd, vice president, PC Product Group, Dell. “We’re integrating Corning Gorilla Glass NBT into our new client devices launching this fall, further enhancing our industry-leading product reliability and durability.”
Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is currently available and is expected to be featured on several notebook product models by leading global brands later this year.
For more information on Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, please visit www.corninggorillaglass.com.