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Asahi Glass 'Dragontrail' for Efficient Production of Thinner Touchscreens
 

Tokyo, Feb 21, 2013 (JCN) - Asahi Glass Co. (AGC) will set up a chemical strengthening facility for its specialty glass Dragontrail, which is used as cover glass for smart phones and tablet PCs, at its Kansai Plant in Japan.

The new facility can handle up to sixth-generation (1850mm x 1500mm) glass, enabling the efficient production of thinner next-generation touchscreens. Operation is scheduled to begin in March 2013.

Dragontrail, a damage and scratch-resistant specialty glass, has been adopted by over 20 companies for use as cover glass and used in some 60 smart phones and tablet PC models.

Conventionally, touchscreens of smart phones and tablet PCs have been triple-layered, consisting of a cover glass, a touch sensor and a display.

Recently, however, demand for double-layered touchscreens, which can make the touchscreen even thinner, has been growing, and a technology to attach the touch sensor into the cover glass is drawing attention as a means to manufacture double-layered touchscreens.

A key to efficient production of double-layered touchscreens is large-size chemically strengthened glass. A large number of cover glass with built-in touch sensor can be manufactured at a time by neatly arranging touch sensors on a large sheet of chemically strengthened glass and cutting the glass into pieces of the intended size.

As touchscreens based on this method are increasingly adopted, AGC hopes the high-quality G6-size chemically strengthened Dragontrail hopes to contribute to the creation of even thinner smart phones, tablet PCs, Ultrabook and other touchscreen devices.

By Chris Lui Staff Writer

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