Gorilla Glass cheaper and stronger than sapphire claims Corning executive

Share on Facebook Tweet Share Reddit Comment
Gorilla Glass cheaper and stronger than sapphire claims Corning executive
We have been hearing reports that Apple is ready to invest big on sapphire material for its upcoming devices, with rumoured implementations on iOS device displays. The company is already using the material for the iPhone 5s smartphone's camera lens and home button (that features a fingerprint sensor).

Now Corning, the makers of the Gorilla Glass screen for devices such as smartphones and laptop screens among others, has given its two-cents about the demerits of sapphire for displays and how its offering is better, notes a CNET report.

Corning's senior vice president (SVP), Tony Tripeny, at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, answered a question related to sapphire versus glass, and claimed that there are some disadvantages sapphire displays have compared to Gorilla Glass. Tripeny said, "It's about 10 times more expensive. It's about 1.6 times heavier. It's environmentally unfriendly. It takes about 100 times more energy to generate a Sapphire crystal than it does glass."

Corning's SVP, also claimed that the sapphire material transmits less light through, which would mean that the device's display (if sapphire used) will look dimmer and the battery will not last for long.

Further, Tripeny suggested that while sapphire material is scratch resistant, it can still break, while the Gorilla Glass can take around 2.5 times more pressure than the sapphire.

He elaborated on why Gorilla Glass is the cheaper option, when compared to the sapphire material, adding, "The formation takes about 4,000 times longer than Gorilla Glass at a significantly higher melting temperature. Its hardness makes machining more difficult and costly. Then the cost per unit increases exponentially because when you have defects in boundaries in the crystal growth process, you essentially cut them out."

Notably, a recent granted patent by the USPTO detailed a cutting and processing method for sapphire material by Apple, which introduced a sapphire-based fingerprint sensor on its iPhone 5s.

The sapphire manufacturing patent, applied for back in July 2012, detailed the process of how the Cupertino firm would cut the sapphire material and polish it. The patent also included the use of lasers for cutting the material into Windows.

An earlier report suggested that GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) received sapphire crystal display tool components, which are enough to manufacture between 100 and 200 million 5-inch iPhone displays.

Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Ketan Pratap Ketan Pratap cover&nbspdaily news and rumours at Gadgets 360. He attended IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication), majoring in English Journalism. Ketan is a determined dreamer who believes in the power of hard work. When not working, he loves to explore new cities. More
Apple improving Siri with third-party integration, iWatch support: Report
All New HTC One's purported dual-camera lens spotted in leaked image
 
 

Advertisement

 

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2019. All rights reserved.