mirasol

Mirasol reborn: 5.1″ phone display with near Retina MacBook resolution

Mirasol reborn: 5.1″ phone display with near Retina MacBook resolution

Qualcomm has unexpectedly revealed a new mirasol mobile display, a 5.1-inch panel running at a whopping 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. Last we heard of mirasol, Qualcomm was dousing production plans and focusing on licensing out the low-power technology instead, having seen production issues and the dominance of E Ink undermine its market. However, this new screen - with a crazy 577ppi pixel density - suggests Qualcomm's R&D on mirasol hasn't slowed.

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Mirasol production doused as Qualcomm chases licensing instead

Mirasol production doused as Qualcomm chases licensing instead

Qualcomm has quietly confirmed that it is backing out of mirasol display production, instead looking to license the color e-paper technology amid struggles to mass-produce the screens. The news was announced by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs as part of the company's financial results call last week, and described as being a strategy to "better align our updated roadmap with the addressable opportunities."

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Koobe Jin Yong eReader fourth to deliver Qualcomm’s mirasol

Koobe Jin Yong eReader fourth to deliver Qualcomm’s mirasol

Qualcomm's mirasol color e-paper technology has found its way into another device, the Koobe Jin Yong eReader, a 5.7-inch XGA slate targeting ebooks, digital comics, animated picture books and magazines. The Koobe model is the fourth to use Qualcomm's screen tech, and like models from Kyobo it runs a reskinned Android 2.3 on top of the chip company's 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor.

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Qualcomm acquires Pixtronix for future Mirasol display tech

Qualcomm acquires Pixtronix for future Mirasol display tech

There's been a purchase, according to reports, by Qualcomm of a group by the name of Pixtronix, known for their PerfectLight displays using MEMS-based digital micro shutters for modulation of RGB LED backlight. What that means in slightly less wordy terms is that the displays we saw at CES with the name Mirasol attached to them will be markedly improved in the near future. If all goes well, this improved technology should be hitting the market inside 2012 or at the start of 2013 at the latest.

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CES 2012 Tablet Round-Up

CES 2012 Tablet Round-Up

This year's Consumer Electronics Show revealed itself to be the real Ice Cream Sandwich treat for tablets in the Android sector, with one whole load of crap tablets attempting to burst the bubble of the very few high-class units that were or will be soon certified by Google. On the Windows 8 side of things, there were certainly some tablets to be seen, but certainly not to be touched - Windows 8 will be ready later this year, but Microsoft wasn't having it when it came to showing it off fully here at the convention. Then there's oddities galore like the Samsung Galaxy Note, a device we'd seen late 2011, but until now had never had a chance to peek at it on a USA carrier - it's time!

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The Best of CES 2012

The Best of CES 2012

Welcome to our massive "best-of" wrap-up for CES 2012, complete with everything from smartphones to PCs and headphones and back, topped off with our own "most used gear" section for the curious. What you'll find is that though there were more exhibitors, attendees, and media attention payed to the show than ever before, the overall result was a lot of the same gear re-hashed with a few new specifications. Pay special close attention to the conclusion of this post for a bit of a whopper if you're a big fan of the largest show of the year here in the United States.

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Kyobo Mirasol eReader with Android hands-on

Kyobo Mirasol eReader with Android hands-on

Here at CES 2012 is the Qualcomm Mirasol color e-paper technology. We've seen this before with the Kyobo eReader that is currently available in South Korea, but today we received some hands-on time with it for the first time in the US. This color e-paper technology is delivering unrivaled battery life to eReaders lasting up to 3 weeks while running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Check out or hands-on below.

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