Asahi Glass Company (ACG) recently announced it has developed the world's thinnest soda-lime glass substrate for touchscreens. Measuring just 0.28 mm, 15 percent less than the thinnest current commercial substrate, the glass substrate will go on sale later this month and will be manufactured at a plant in Thailand, according to Nikkei.com. ACG anticipates annual sales of its new glass product to exceed 10 billion ($120 million) in 2013.
Soda-lime glass is ideally suited for glass touchscreens for smartphones and tablets since it is easier to process than other forms of substrate, resists deformation when heated and suffers less discoloration due to ultraviolet radiation exposure, notes bergizmo. It's anticipated that the glass will also contribute to thinner and lighter mobile devices going forward, says PCWorld.