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Wistron folding e-paper device coming 2010

Wistron folding e-paper device coming 2010

Now that Polymer Vision's new owner - Wistron - has been confirmed, it's time for some speculation about what they might have up their sleeve with the folding e-paper technology.  Wistron's Brian Chong, chief of product planning, has confirmed that the company intends to release a 5- to 6-inch device using Polymer Vision tech in 2010.  From the sound of it, it's very much alike the prototype device Polymer Vision themselves were showing round before their sale.

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

The unnamed Asian company which acquired ailing foldable e-paper startup Polymer Vision has been outed as Wistron.  Polymer Vision declared bankruptcy back in July, and were acquired in early September; the deal is now known to have been worth €12m ($17.75m).  Integration of the two companies actually began taking place last month, but right now it's still unclear whether the Polymer Vision brand will be maintained.

AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

The scaling up of business partnerships in the approach to the launch of Plastic Logic's eponymous ebook reader, together with the sell-out success of the Amazon Kindle DX certainly seems to suggest that there's a market out there for large-scale e-paper devices, and that's a segment manufacturer AU Optronics seem keen to capitalize on.  According to CEO LJ Chen, the company is ramping up to produce 10-inch and A4 (8 x 11 inch) sized e-paper panels.

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Bridgestone readying e-paper with 0.8s refresh time, color option

Bridgestone readying e-paper with 0.8s refresh time, color option

E Ink may be the best-known (and one of the widest-used) e-paper manufacturers out there, but that doesn't mean there aren't rivals snapping at their heels.  Bridgestone have revealed their intention to market large-page e-paper using their own "electron powder and granular material", which allows for screen refreshes in just 0.8 seconds; that's fast enough to work relatively smoothly with pen-input.

PETEC printed electronics facility kick-starts UK production

PETEC printed electronics facility kick-starts UK production

Printed electronics may soon bear the legend "Made in UK" if PETEC (the Printable Electronics Technology Center) has its way.  Formed from a group of printable and plastic electronics experts, together with manufacturing facilities, PETEC is offering companies a route to quickly bring products to market without first needing to invest in expensive infrastructure.  One company already involved, PolyPhotonix, is looking to commercially produce OLED lighting.

Flexible e-paper mass production imminent; color version soon after?

Flexible e-paper mass production imminent; color version soon after?

We could soon be seeing broad commercial availability of both flexible e-paper and color e-paper displays, if rumors regarding manufacturer Prime View International (PVI) pan out.  Industry sources are suggesting that PVI are preparing to mass produce flexible electrophoretic displays (EPDs), which use a TFT backplane with an electrophoretic frontplane based on E Ink technology, and will follow that up with color displays using the same processes.

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Huge e-paper screens give Japanese disaster advice

Huge e-paper screens give Japanese disaster advice

We're used to seeing e-paper in sub-10-inch squares, slapped onto the front of an Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader, but over in Japan they're experimenting with using the technology to give Tokyo residents large-scale disaster warnings and evacuation advice.  Two installations were fitted, the first measuring 1 x 3.2m in a Post Office window, while the smaller second panel, at 60 x 40cm, was added to a bus-stop. 

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