CORNING, N.Y., Jan. 19 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Corning Incorporated
(NYSE: GLW) announced today the world's first commercially available thin film
transistor (TFT) grade Generation (Gen) 7 glass substrates for active matrix
liquid crystal displays (LCD). TFT-grade substrates are ultra-clean, flat,
stable, light, and thin glass sheets that meet the exacting quality
requirements for the manufacture of notebook computers, LCD TVs, and portable
displays. Corning's proprietary fusion technology has enabled first-to-market
performance with new generation size TFT-grade substrates, including Gen 5 in
2002 and Gen 6 in 2003.
The Gen 7 substrates are being produced in commercial quantities by
Samsung Corning Precision Glass Co. Ltd., jointly owned by Samsung Electronics
Co. Ltd. and Corning, at its Cheonan, Korea facility.
Large size glass substrates, such as Gen 5.5, 6 and 7 substrates, will be
increasingly used as the foundation of LCD television display-panels, as they
enable panel manufacturers to produce more and larger displays from a single
glass substrate. Gen 7 glass substrates measure 1870 x 2200 mm (approximately
6 feet by 7 feet) and have nearly three times the surface area of Gen 5
substrates, which typically measure 1100 x 1250-1300 mm (approximately 3.5
feet by 4 feet).
''Once again, our customers in the LCD industry presented Corning with a
technological challenge and we have risen to meet that challenge,'' said James
P. Clappin, general manager, Corning Display Technologies. ''The winning
combination of our advanced, proprietary fusion technology and our dedicated
team of talented people has positioned us as a worldwide leader in an industry
experiencing phenomenal growth.''
Lee Suk Jai, president, Samsung Corning Precision added, ''The technology
team at our Cheonan facility has worked exceptionally hard with our Corning
colleagues in making this project a success for our customers here in Korea.
Together, we have made the production and supply of this new Gen 7 size
possible. This is a major milestone for Corning, Samsung Corning Precision,
and our customers as we advance the LCD industry into exciting new
About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( http://www.corning.com ) is a diversified
technology company that concentrates its efforts on high-impact growth
opportunities. Corning combines its expertise in specialty glass, ceramic
materials, polymers and the manipulation of the properties of light, with
strong process and manufacturing capabilities to develop, engineer and
commercialize significant innovative products for the telecommunications, flat
panel display, environmental, semiconductor, and life sciences industries.
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