By Matt Breen, Wired magazine.
Originally published April 21, 2018.1:39:04The world’s largest electronic components maker is gearing up to ramp up production of new parts for a variety of gadgets.
The company says it will begin shipping a new version of its electric switchgear components, which are used in many high-tech devices like the iPhone, Amazon Echo, and Chromebooks, next year.
Corning said in a press release Monday that the new switchgear will be used in smartphones, tablets, laptops, and smartwatches.
The parts will be made in two batches: a second batch to be made for the Apple Watch and a third batch for the Moto 360 smartwatch.
“The first batch of new Corning’s electrically conductive switches will be ready to ship in early 2019,” the company said in the release.
A second batch of Corning parts and electronic components, including the ones found in Apple’s iPhone and the Amazon Echo and Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, will be available for purchase in 2019.
Coring is building the new switches at its headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and it expects to start manufacturing the parts in 2021.
Corning says that the switchgear is the first to be certified to be used with a battery-powered smartwatch that will be unveiled in 2020.
“We will be able to begin shipping new battery-charging batteries for the Watch in early 2020,” the press release said.
The company said that the watch will feature a new kind of battery called a Lithium-Ion Battery.
“The new battery will allow Corning to offer a more compact, yet powerful watch, and will make Corning a leader in the smartwatch market,” the release said, “making it the first smartwatch to have the battery technology developed by Corning.”
The Corning products are made from high-quality, stainless steel, plastic, and other materials that are durable, high-performance, and lightweight.
For years, Corning has been a leader when it comes to the smartwars and its electronics, but it’s also made headlines in recent years for other smartwatch features.
In April, a court ruled that Samsung’s Gear S2 was infringing on patents from Corning, but that ruling was overturned in August when a federal appeals court said that Samsung was not infringing.