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Today, more and more information is being collected in the smallest space: more
people, more communication, more data. Traditional ideas and approaches no longer
offer solutions to these challenges. We need to rethink so many things, take unusual
routes and use new materials. In data transmission, for example, where special glass
already offers incredible possibilities for processing large volumes of data in the
smallest of spaces. This is just one of the many examples of how we can shape the
future with glass.
Shaping the networked future with glass
Special glass for Big Data
20.8 billion networked devices will be in use worldwide by 2020. Mobile data volumes
will continue to increase and are already doubling every two years. The demands
placed on data transmission are constantly increasing: everything must be able to
be sent and received anywhere and at any time. Conventional chip architectures are
reaching their technological limits and the materials and components used to date
also reach their physical limits. Special glass, on the other hand, is excellently suited to
actively shape the networked future.
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Many people can receive and transmit large amounts of data in
parallel, in soccer stadiums, for example, in the smallest of spaces at
50 gigabits per second.
But other challenges of digitalization can also be met by using special glass:
Cloud Gaming AR Autonomous Driving
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Glass makes you mobile because special glass-ceramic glasses have the demanding
electrical properties and thermal expansion required for the new 5G high-speed
technology. As early as 2017, the world’s largest antenna manufacturer Kathrein
presented the prototype of an antenna array together with SCHOTT. In addition,
these special glasses can already be found today in electrical antennas that are used
for communication from vehicle to vehicle or in GNSS antennas in aircraft for high-
precision navigation during take-off and landing. With these empirical values and
developments, SCHOTT is well positioned for the future with 5G and has the solution
for the new technology and increasingly larger mobile data volumes.
...makes the new 5G mobile communications
High material homogeneity
and manufacturing accuracy of
special glass and glass-ceramics
Optimal for combining as many
circuit elements as possible in
the smallest possible space
Enables the targeted transfer
of large amounts of data to the
position of the smartphone
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SCHOTT has developed the 50G transistor outline technology for the transmission of
ever larger amounts of data. It enables unprecedented bandwidths and transmission
speeds of up to 50 gigabits per second in communication networks. To be the first
manufacturer to achieve this standard, SCHOTT has set its sights on three points: How
can the printed circuit board connection be improved so that it has lower losses, how
can tolerances such as the glass fill level be reduced, and how can the chip connec-
tion be optimized so that performance also improves here? The transistor outline
developed on this basis now enables transmission speeds of 50 gigabits per second,
and this is by no means the end of the story.
At the Georgia Tech Packing Research Center in Atlanta, a team from industry and
research is working with specialty glass manufacturer SCHOTT on a mission to bring
together the previously separate semiconductor and printed circuit board industries
using an electrical interface called an interposer.
The result: short cable routes, optimized data transfer and at the same time energy
savings per area. Silicon or glass can be used as materials, however silicon is more
expensive, and glass offers a better specification profile, especially in the high-
Glass has an excellent surface and thus guarantees fewer losses and higher energy
efficiency than other materials, even at high data frequencies. In addition, glass can be
produced in large formats cost-effectively. Potential applications for SCHOTT’s glass in-
terposers include high-performance applications such as high-performance computers.
…makes new transmission speeds possible.
…processes large amounts of data.
HD Video Streaming
Fiber Optic Internet
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Internet of Things (IoT)
Laser data transmission
Everything in the cloud
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– Diana Wolf-Dolgner, Strategic-Foresight-Expert
– Robert Hettler, R&D Manager, SCHOTT Electronic Packaging
„I have gotten to know glass as a
material with extremely versatile
applications that plays an important
role in many innovations – from high-
performance computer chips to super-
fast data transmission and foldable
terminal devices. That sounds to me
like a lot of potential to help shape a
„Whether wireless or wired, glass plays a
decisive role when it comes to satisfying
mankind’s growing hunger for data.
We are looking forward to new fields of
application in which glass can play out its
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What’s your next
Special glass is already an important material today for data transmission and
handling the ever-increasing volumes of data. But in the future, glass will not only
play a decisive role in the field of electronics. Glass not only supports digitalization;
it is also becoming increasingly digital itself. Researchers are already working on
integrating the smallest sensors and electronics into thin glass.
Anyone who thinks ahead knows that this will be an important step in the
diagnostics of this century: glasses that can be applied thinly and flexibly to the skin,
diagnose diseases or even heal wounds. Glass will open up new worlds in the future.
Let us boost digitalization together.
Michael Matthias Müller
Marketing & Communication
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Special glass opens up new worlds