Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 3

LAS VEGAS - Corning announced its next generation hard glass for consumer electronics devices on Monday. The latest version of the damage-resistant glass is based on a completely new glass composition and can withstand more than twice the critical load.

Corning calls its development Native Damage Resistance (NDR) and has enhanced ability to withstand deep scratches and cracks.

Source: Corning, Inc.

"As a world leader in glass innovation, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers with our product innovation,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “While we’ve optimized our glass with the most robust chemical strengthening, we challenged our research teams to develop a new way to make cover glass even less susceptible to scratches and other damage.”

Gorilla Glass achieves is hardness through a chemical strengthening process via ion exchange that affects a change at atomic structural level of the glass. The original composition is dipped in molten salt at 400 degrees Celsius causing sodium ions to be replaced by larger potassium ions.

The result is enhanced scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility, and better retained strength once a scratch occurs, according to Corning.

Source: Corning, Inc.

Corning's customers are expected to receive the new glass in time for mid-2013 product shipments. While there's been no announcement from Apple, it will almost certainly end up in future Apple products. Steve Jobs commissioned Corning to develop this special glass and has been using it since the very first iPhone. Apple will likely continue to use this superior glass. Tim Cook has cited this product, made in Kentucky, as an important American made component of the iPhone,

At CES, Corning is at booth #14813 in the Central Hall.