From pocket PCs to laptops to cell phones, active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCD) are rapidly becoming a part of our daily lives. To keep pace with consumer demand, manufacturers of today’s advanced displays and high-tech electronic devices have asked for an AMLCD glass that is lighter, thinner, larger and more durable.
Corning Incorporated is now meeting this need by introducing Corning EAGLE2000, a glass that, it claims, will reduce manufacturing and systems costs for display makers, enhance display performance and enable new product and process innovations.
Due to its unique, low-density composition, Corning Eagle2000 is the lightest AMLCD glass substrate on the market. The new product allows Corning’s customers to use thinner glass substrates, ranging from 0.4mm – 0.63mm in thickness versus the conventional 0.7mm product. In combination, these two attributes can reduce the weight of the display glass more than 35%, with minimal impact on the AMLCD manufacturing process.
‘We expect that Corning’s new EAGLE2000 glass will help enable Dell to move to lighter, thinner, and higher resolution portable computers,” said Mark Fihn, displays strategist, Dell Computer Corporation. “We are eager to see our AMLCD suppliers’ implementation plans for Corning’s new glass substrate.”
While Corning EAGLE2000 provides the lightest solution available today, it also provides additional benefits for rapidly evolving AMLCD manufacturing processes. The new glass substrate has the industry’s lowest thermal expansion and the highest durability, creating an opportunity for Corning’s customers to optimize their processes for increased yields and productivity, effectively reducing AMLCD manufacturing costs. With its combination of properties, Corning EAGLE2000 will strengthen customers’ ability to manufacture larger, lighter, thinner and higher resolution displays more affordably.
The global market for AMLCD glass is currently estimated at $1 billion and is expected to grow approximately 40% each year through 2002. Corning recently announced $500 million in capital expansions to meet this market demand.
Corning’s customers have already begun to qualify EAGLE2000 and commercial production is planned to begin later this year.