Akhan Semiconductor, a company that grows diamonds for use in electronics, promises that by the end of this year, 2017, we’ll all be able to buy a smartphone, watch or fitness band with a stronger, harder, and cleaner screen – all made of diamonds.
In a recent piece on CNET, Adam Khan, CEO of Illinois-based company Akhan Semiconductor, explains that the company’s “Mirage Diamond Glass” plans to “make enough diamond glass for between 10 and 30 million phones once it ramps up production, and fewer than 1 million screens for wearables like smartwatches and fitness bands”.
A screen made of diamonds, one of the strongest materials on Earth, will hopefully put an end to split screens after a fall, or cracks after the screens come into contact with items in our bags, like out keychain, for example. Diamond is one of the strongest substances on Earth so putting it onto glass toppers – like Gorilla Glass or “regular”, un-strengthened glass – “will make them 6 times stronger and 10 times harder than they would be alone”, Khan promises. Diamond screens will have better resistance to fingerprint smudges, and will also help resist grime and water.
One of the main advantages of a diamond screen, in addition to its toughness and durability, Khan explains, is its cooling abilities: the diamond screen will be 800 times cooler during use than the usual materials, so the processors are less likely to overheat.
However, there are two big “what ifs” to this story: First of all, a device with a diamond glass will always cost more than the typical toppers, like standard glass or a chemically strengthened material like Gorilla Glass; and second, it’s unlikely that all smartphones will be equipped with this new, wonderful glass anytime soon.