Flexible Glass: Alternative to Plastic

Most display screens used in televisions, computers and portable electronics are liquid crystal displays (LCDs), controlled by thin-film silicon transistor arrays built on rigid glass backplanes. With today's emerging technology, the dominance of LCDs may be challenged for custom display projects.


Today, glass manufacturer Corning, is testing a flexible glass substrate for printed electronics that will offer the performance of glass with the flexibility of plastic. The emergence of new display technology is pushing the need to meet consumer requirements of lighter, more durable and energy efficient devices.


Corning's flexibile display glass is just 75 micrometers thick and samples have been distributed to manufacturing partners to test on roll-to-roll manufacturing lines. While glass is the optimum component used in building your electronic device, there are some skeptics who are concerned with the susceptibility of scratches, which can lead to cracks and catastrophic failures with the roll-to-roll manufacturing. Corning is addressing these concerns with packaging developed to protect the glass during transport and manufacturing.


If your display requirements still need the LCD glass component, Planar has created an interactive tour to guide you through key considerations in creating your display. Today, Planar's see-through display technology available in a standard EL160.80.50 (electroluminescent) is easy to customize into curved or unusual shapes to help bring innovative, easily manufacturable products to life.


What display projects do you have that would benefit from flexible glass?