The latest e-reader news has it that E Ink Corporation USA, pioneers in the field of electronic paper display technology has joined hands with LG.Philips LCD in creating world’s first tablet size flexible electronic paper display. LG. Philips LCD is counted among the biggies in the field of thin-film transistor liquid crystal (TFT-LCD) technology. Both the companies have firmed up plans to release the electronic paper display in the FPD international trade shown held Japan.
What is more groundbreaking is the thickness of this electronic paper display which is lesser than 300 microns and its paper-white display is similar to a construction paper in its size and flexibility. Other dimensions include 10.1” diagonal with 100 pixels per inch SVGA resolution and 10:1 contrast ration with 4 levels of grayscale.
This original display is branded as E Ink® Imaging Film and is similar to printed ink on paper in its appearance and is specially meant for using it in paper like electronic displays. Whether you roll or flex it, it gives you the feel of a paper and furthermore, its energy consumption is significantly lesser than the LCD (as much as 100 times) as it is able to display an image in absence of power and backlight.
The product has seen the light of day due to the combined effort of LG Philips LCD and E ink to be supplied by Sumitomo Corporation that has the capacity to supply the foil in abundant quantities. The steel foil itself was developed by Nippon Steel, one of the leading manufacturers of steel in Japan. This steel foil is an innovative flexible material which can withstand high temperatures of TFT Production process, and also is extraordinarily thin, flat, and excellent in performance.
An existing assembly line in Korea has been chosen for the final production of the largest high resolution flexible electronic paper display panel. Both the companies, LG Philips LCD and E Ink came together to design the display electronics and develop the final model.
“The world wants flexible display“ quoted Russ Wilcox, currently CEO of E Ink. In comparison to glass display, they are significantly thin and lighter and do not break. It is so flexible that they can be easily rolled and carried in a briefcase just like a newspaper. Or one can put them inside the pocket and fix them around the mobile as well.
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Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email