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Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Talk of an e-paper based iPad has rumbled around since the reveal of the first-gen model, but so far Apple has proved unwilling to move beyond its multi-purpose IPS LCD display and consider either monochrome or color e-ink panels. According to a freshly published patent application by the company, however, they've at least given thought to the merits of electronic paper; in a submission titled "Systems and Methods for Switching Between an Electronic Paper Display and a Video Display" Apple describes a layered display sandwich which would combine traditional LCD and e-paper screens.

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Samsung’s Liquavista buy-out official: color video e-paper and more in pipeline

Samsung’s Liquavista buy-out official: color video e-paper and more in pipeline

Liquavista has confirmed that it has been acquired by Samsung, as was reported earlier this week, with the electrowetting display specialists now a fully-owned affiliate. According to Samsung's press release, it will use the electrowetting tech to produce devices - presumably including ereaders and tablets - that can support color video playback with e-paper displays. Meanwhile, future applications include transparent, transmissive and transflective displays.

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Sony dismiss iPad-rival color Reader tablet plans

Sony dismiss iPad-rival color Reader tablet plans

Sony has again dismissed speculation that they are planning a color ereader tablet to directly take on the iPad, with deputy president of the digital reading division, Fujio Noguchi, telling Tech-On that the company's range is still resolutely focused on ebook consumption. "I think recently developed color e-paper devices are suited for displaying movies" Noguchi suggests, "but I believe that color e-paper should be employed for e-book readers with a focus on displaying texts."

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E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink has announced its next generation of ereader display, Pearl, and while the press release doesn't spell it out in so many words, the claim that the contrast is around 50-percent greater than the previous generation leads us to suspect this is the screen technology in the new Amazon Kindle DX.  According to E Ink - formerly known as PVI -Pearl is now the whitest reflective display in the industry and even more like regular printed paper.

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LG Display and iriver partner up on ereader production

LG Display and iriver partner up on ereader production

LG Display and iriver have announced a partnership that will see the two companies collaborate as a new ODM/OEM ebook manufacturer.  The new venture, L&I Electronic Technology (Dongguan) Ltd., will be based at iriver's Chinese plant and see LG Display provide the e-ink panels and iriver develop product designs.  LG Display will have a small majority stake in the collaboration, providing 51-percent of the total $5m financing.

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Delta e-Magazine color ereader due December 2010

Delta e-Magazine color ereader due December 2010

Delta Electronics have been showing a color e-reader at Computex this week, and the big news is that it's expected to reach the market in December 2010.  The Delta e-Magazine weighs just half of Apple's iPad, but has a 13-inch display capable of showing colors, albeit relatively muted.  The device is based on Bridgestone's e-paper technology, with Delta apparently working with the company to commercialise the technology.

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LiquavistaVivid epaper/color displays take on Pixel Qi

LiquavistaVivid epaper/color displays take on Pixel Qi

Look out, Pixel Qi, Liquavista are looking to take on your 3qi indoor/outdoor viewable displays with some slick multi-mode panels of their own.  The company has been demonstrating their new LiquavistaVivid technology, a dual-mode display which can automatically flip between a paper-like monochrome setting - ideal for ebook reading indoors and out - and an LCD-like full color video-capable setting.

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