Pixel Qi has announced a timescale for its new 7-inch 3qi panel, intended to take on E Ink in the tablet and ereader market. The display - a smaller version of the existing 10-inch model that will launch in the Notion Ink Adam and Innoversal Lattice - is expected to go into mass production sometime in the first half of 2011.
The last we heard about Notion Ink's Android-based iPad-killing tablet, the company had begun to sift out developers for its proprietary application digital storefront. Codenamed Genesis, it got plenty of people excited for what was to come. And now we've got word that the tablet has managed to make its way to the FCC, and start its rigorous coursework to get passed. And, that's not all of the good news, either.
In part one of our Notion Ink feature, we looked at the reasons for the delay in production of the Adam slate. Happily the company didn't rest on their laurels while investor and ODM issues were ironed out. After the cut, details of hardware and software changes - including Notion Ink's take on iTunes - plans for Adam's launch and pricing for all four versions, and what's down the line in terms of follow-up hardware.
Notion Ink continues to be one of the most searched for companies on SlashGear, an impressive record for a start-up firm taking on the might of Apple. Closely followed since their CES 2010 debut with the Adam tablet, aside from a few morsels of news in the intervening months the company has dropped back into a stealth mode of sorts. Now, in the first of an exclusive two-part feature, SlashGear can flesh out the Notion Ink story so far, including investor nightmares, multiple ODMs and an Android app-drawer's worth of custom Adam applications.
With Pixel-Qi's DIY 3qi display kit showing up in the Maker Shed store last week - and then promptly selling out - we've been waiting to see what the results are like "in the wild". Jesse Vincent seems to be among the first to receive his multi-mode panel, and he promptly slapped it into a Samsung N135 netbook and shot a video demo (which you can see after the cut).
DIY types often take the components that are in the gadgets we know and love and use them for items that we never dreamed of. Tearing up gadgets for the components inside can be an expensive proposition though. If you are the DIY sort and have been lusting after one of those Pixel Qi displays, a new DIY version is now available.
Having been the subject of speculation over potential launch delays over the weekend, we caught up with Notion Ink founder Rohan Shravan today to find out exactly where the Adam tablet project is up to. Turns out, Rohan's team are celebrating today as they've just clinched their final round of investment; they can't tell us the identity of the investors themselves, but it sets them up for potentially producing around 100,000 Adam units per month. Meanwhile there are whispers about new hardware options; more on that after the cut.
If you've kept even half an eye on the low-power computing industry over the past couple of years, you can't have missed Pixel Qi's 3qi display technology and the excitement surrounding what an ultra-low-power screen could do for mobile devices. Now it seems Pixel Qi could have another competitor on their hands, this time from CPT, whose 1366 x 768 transflective panel apparently draws 50-percent less power than a regular LCD, despite coming in at 200 nits brightness and with a contrast ratio of 400:1.
Notion Ink's much-anticipated Adam tablet is unlikely to see a commercial launch until November, with delays currently being blamed on investor preferences. According to an unnamed would-be customer who contacted the company via email, Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan confirmed that while investors stumped up the cash for the project "they also brought the step by step procedures and experience on how we should launch." "I am sad to say that I have to fight every day with them to launch by July end," Shravan continues, "but they want us to hit markets only near Thanksgiving."
Update: We've talked with Rohan Shravan and it seems he was only partially quoted in the original report. More details after the cut.
Pixel Qi seemed to be all the rage just months ago, but over the days since, it's all but dropped off the radar. Sure, it's still out there, showing off its amazing ability to display things in direct sunlight, but with the Notion Ink Adam tablet seeing some major delays, it seems that all the fuss over the great screen implementation died with it. But, there's other companies out there using the technology, and at Computex this year, one such company wanted to show off their new tablet.