Pixel Qi technology should get its chance to shine this year via the higher end Notion Ink Adam Tablet. The Pixel QI TFT-LCD screens are great because they are low powered, and have the options to go gray-scale for a true E-Reading experience, or to go full color and get the most out of your multi-media content.
Look out at CES 2011 when Pixel QI in partnership with Chunghwa Picture Tubes have developed 3 different screens to capture attention from companies looking to involve themselves in the tablet PC free for all. The two companies have developed a 7 inch 1024×600 resolution touch screen panels and will show off a few 10.1 inch products at the convention in Las Vegas.
Regarding its cooperation with Pixel Qi, CPT noted that it is optimistic about reflective panel technology, and hopes launch the panel as soon as possible because of demand for small- to medium-size mobile devices, but CPT added that the Pixel Qi panel currently is still in development.
What exactly is Pixel QI and how is it relevant to Tablets and portable devices? It is based on the LCD technology, Pixel Qi can alternatively switch between transmissive and transflective mode which means one has the option of going for either the regular LCD or e-ink display.
Manufacturing of devices using Pixel Qi display technology has already started during late 2009 and the market has only seen a few devices packaged with the technology so far, most recently the Notion Ink Adam.
The advantage of Pixel Qi display is its ability to turn netbooks, laptops, tablet PCs into capable e-book readers but whether it will be used by regular e-readers is yet to be seen.
The main problem behind using LCD screen while you are reading for a longer period of time is its backlight facility, which leads to eyestrain and uneasiness. Needless to say, the problem can be addressed well by the use of Pixel Qi technology.
Undoubtedly, Pixel Qi is going to play a significant role in the e-reader segment and more of integrated and multifunctional devices with e-reading abilities is likely to be unveiled at CES and Computex in 2011.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.