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Thin tough glass for rugged tablet computers

Corning : 08 October, 2009  (Application Story)
Gorilla glass from Corning is providing elegant screen protection for the latest line of Mobile Clinical Assistants and rugged tablet computers from Motion Computing
Motion Computing, a provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, and Corning have announced that Corning Gorilla glass has been added to Motion's most rugged offerings. The C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) and rugged F5 Tablet PC now include the thin-sheet glass that was designed to protect against real-world events that cause display damage.

The Motion C5 and F5 were designed for highly mobile professionals across vertical industries such as healthcare, construction, field service and manufacturing. Both IP-54 and MIL-STD-810F rated, the tablets are fully rugged yet lightweight, making them the ideal solution for workers who compute while walking or standing. Designed specifically for mobile devices, Corning's Gorilla glass improves screen durability without adding weight to the highly mobile tablet PCs.

"Corning's Gorilla glass was designed specifically for products like the Motion tablets, which are focused on durability, mobility and industry-leading displays that offer a bright viewing experience in a highly portable and durable design," said James Hollis, commercial director, Corning Specialty Materials. "Additionally, since Gorilla glass is strong and also damage and scratch resistant, it further protects pen-input devices that are often exposed to elements such as water and dust."

Box Technologies, a leading supplier of tablet technology for over 15 years and Motion distributor partner in the United Kingdom, has experience in deploying mobile hardware into field-based applications. With a wide range of target markets that include transport and logistics, insurance, local government, field service and utilities, Box is enthusiastic about the new display technology.

"It was no surprise to Box that Motion are yet again the first manufacturer to bring to market new technology designed to further improve the outdoor performance and durability of tablet PCs," said Stuart Walker, managing director, Box Technologies. "The combination of Gorilla glass and AFFS+ display technology provides simply the best outdoor screens available today and demonstrates again Motion's understanding of the rigours of real life mobile work environments."

Corning Gorilla glass is an environmentally friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin-sheet glass designed specifically to function as a cover glass for portable display devices. Its superior composition allows a deeper layer of chemical strengthening than is possible with other chemically strengthened glasses, giving it an increased ability to resist and withstand damage. Additionally, it remains strong over time, extending the life of the tablets while making accidental scratches and abrasions less visible and less likely to affect the user's visual experience.

A variety of features come together in Corning's Gorilla glass to create a strong, damage-resistant glass that is ideal for tablet PCs, including:

* Thinner form factor: Gorilla glass retains its performance advantage over standard chemically strengthened offerings even when used in thin form factors.

* Pristine surface quality: Corning's proprietary fusion process offers a high-quality surface and eliminates lapping and polishing processes that can cause surface damage.

* Compatibility with tablet devices: Used as a protective glass that is ideal for devices that have a touch user interface including pen input, Gorilla glass adds protection without interfering with the superior pen response offered with Motion's tablets.

* Easy-to-clean, water resistant coating: Special coating makes Gorilla glass easier to clean than other cover glasses, making it easy to remove dust, dirt, or other elements.

The C5 and F5 with Corning Gorilla glass are available now through Motion's network of value-added resellers and distributors worldwide. Featuring the Hydis AFFS+ display, Motion's View Anywhere technology and Corning Gorilla glass, the C5 and F5 offer industry-leading, bright and durable displays for superior indoor and outdoor viewability.
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