Only yesterday we were marvelling at Nemoptic's dual-mode BiNem/OLED display technology; now we find out the company has declared bankruptcy. Actualitte suggests that Nemoptic had left too little time for new investors to step in, leaving them around three million euros in debt and with no buyer for their bistable epaper displays.
A color e-paper wireless ereader is apparently on course for release in December, with sources in Delta Electronics' supply chain telling the Taipei Times that the company's 8.2-inch model will offer WiFi and 3G in a partnership with carrier China Mobile. It's not the first time we've heard about a color Delta ereader, either; the company demonstrated a 13.3-inch prototype at Computex 2010 back in June, suggesting it would be commercially available by the end of the year.
Further details about the flexible epaper display Sony demonstrated at their recent dealer convention have emerged, and there's good news and bad. According to The Digital Reader's sources at the company, the monochrome panel wasn't an in-house creation but in fact loaned to them by E Ink (who supply Sony with the displays for their current Reader range). Unfortunately, Sony claims to have no solid plans at present to actually use the E Ink screen in a commercial device.
Sony has been demonstrating a large-scale flexible e-paper display, which could potentially pave the way to rollable, twistable ereaders. Details on the display are scant - the company brought it along to their 2010 Dealer Convention, according to AV Watch - but it's said to use a plastic substrate rather than the usual glass panel.
Seldom do we wish we understood Russian as much as we do today. A video demo of what looks to be a dual-sided 4G smartphone - we're guessing a prototype at this stage, and probably non-functional at that - has emerged, apparently being demonstrated by two besuited Russians.
Video demo after the cut
The market for displays is definitely a lot broader than it used to be. With LCD still primarily being used, some people just don't think it makes sense for some devices out there. For example, eReaders are still a specialized field that, for the most part, is overrun with devices that lack the LCD technology, and focus on displays that utilize e-ink.. LG has just made it known that they plan on bringing both color and flexible e-paper displays to the market by the end of this year.
With E Ink's new Pearl display making its debut in the third-generation Kindle, resolutely monochrome and - according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - staying that way for the near future, attention turned to what's been described as the key color competition, Qualcomm's mirasol. Comments from Steve Mollenkopf, the company's executive VP of CDMA technologies, earlier this week seemed to suggest production hadn't even kicked off. We caught up with Jim Cathey, VP of business development for Qualcomm's MEMS division to find out exactly where mirasol is up to, and when we could expect to see devices using the display technology reach the market.