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January 7th, 2013

Bonus CES videos from Corning: Chemical strengthening of glass and Thunderbolt cables

Published on January 7th, 2013 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Just as I finished my previous story on Gorilla Glass 3, Corning began a video dump onto YouTube. The one above is about the ion exchange chemical strengthening I wrote about earlier, and is sort of like an animated schematic. The title, “Why Glass Breaks,” is unfortunate, because that is a much longer and different topic.

Another one, below, elaborates on Corning’s other big product for CES, an optical cable that can unleash the real power of displays, computers, storage devices and other electronic gizmos that are starting to contain Thunderbolt ports (part of Intel’s Light Peak all-optical system). Current Thunderbolt connectors are really just copper cables and necessarily cannot exceed about 10 feet in length (3 meters). Most Thunderbolt systems will support transfer speeds of 10Gps, which is roughly equivalent to what the new USB 3.0 is supposed to deliver, but Thunderbolt/Light Peak can be jacked to 100Gps.


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