E Ink has introduced its E Ink Fina, a new e-ink display that will be the first of its kind based on TFT technology. This coincides with an announcement by PocketBook, which has also introduced a new product: the PocketBook CAD Reader, which is the first Android electronic paper device using the Fina display built specifically for displaying Autodesk’s Autocad drawings.
The notable difference between the new E Ink display and current ones on the market is its physical size, which is less than half the weight of a traditional TFT display and less than half the thickness of the same panels. This is achieved using a “very thin glass substrate” rather than the glass used in traditional panels, and will especially help reduce the weight of large mobile devices.
The Fina is promised to offer the same energy efficiency and readability as the displays found in existing e-ink readers, but doing so with a much lighter weight. As an example, the Pocket CAD Reader has a 13.3-inch display that weighs only 60 grams, making it both lightweight and reducing the battery weight by having a low energy draw. The CAD Reader will be shown off at an event in Las Vegas on December 5.
Said PocketBook’s head of R&D Dmitriy Shemet: “Our goal was to develop a device to be used on construction sites. We created a highly portable large format display device with a rugged and weatherproof case that could hold all the CAD drawings a team needs. This makes designs available virtually any place and any time. We chose the E Ink Fina 13.3 inch display because it has exactly the right properties we were looking for to develop PocketBook CAD Reader.”