Large Generation Glass

In industry language, glass sizes advance in what are called generations (Gen). The largest, Gen 10, is a dramatic leap forward in size, with approximately 70 percent more surface area than the previous size, Gen 8.  At 2,880 x 3,130 mm (approximately 9 feet by 10 feet), Gen 10 allows for the efficient production of a range of panel sizes, offering superior economies of scale to display manufacturers.

For instance, while one Gen 8 substrate can produce the panels needed for 18 32-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions, Gen 10 can produce 28 32-inch panels, or 15 42-inch panels. Such efficiencies ultimately help make LCD TVs more affordable for consumers.

Corning has been a consistent leader in the growth and development of large-generation glass substrates, and Gen 10 represents a significant milestone in the history of the LCD industry. Producing substrates this large, thin, and flat, while maintaining pristine surface quality, is a major technical achievement.

In a new business model for the LCD industry, Corning’s Gen 10 production facility is located on-site at Sharp Corporation’s state-of-the-art manufacturing complex—Sharp Green Front Sakai—in Sakai City, Japan. The advanced facility eliminates the need for traditional packaging, shipping, and delivery methods.

Learn more about how Corning and Sharp are working together to make possibilities real.