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E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink has announced its next generation of ereader display, Pearl, and while the press release doesn't spell it out in so many words, the claim that the contrast is around 50-percent greater than the previous generation leads us to suspect this is the screen technology in the new Amazon Kindle DX.  According to E Ink - formerly known as PVI -Pearl is now the whitest reflective display in the industry and even more like regular printed paper.

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LG Display and iriver partner up on ereader production

LG Display and iriver partner up on ereader production

LG Display and iriver have announced a partnership that will see the two companies collaborate as a new ODM/OEM ebook manufacturer.  The new venture, L&I Electronic Technology (Dongguan) Ltd., will be based at iriver's Chinese plant and see LG Display provide the e-ink panels and iriver develop product designs.  LG Display will have a small majority stake in the collaboration, providing 51-percent of the total $5m financing.

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Delta e-Magazine color ereader due December 2010

Delta e-Magazine color ereader due December 2010

Delta Electronics have been showing a color e-reader at Computex this week, and the big news is that it's expected to reach the market in December 2010.  The Delta e-Magazine weighs just half of Apple's iPad, but has a 13-inch display capable of showing colors, albeit relatively muted.  The device is based on Bridgestone's e-paper technology, with Delta apparently working with the company to commercialise the technology.

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LiquavistaVivid epaper/color displays take on Pixel Qi

LiquavistaVivid epaper/color displays take on Pixel Qi

Look out, Pixel Qi, Liquavista are looking to take on your 3qi indoor/outdoor viewable displays with some slick multi-mode panels of their own.  The company has been demonstrating their new LiquavistaVivid technology, a dual-mode display which can automatically flip between a paper-like monochrome setting - ideal for ebook reading indoors and out - and an LCD-like full color video-capable setting.

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Fujitsu Laboratories shows off color e-paper display

Fujitsu Laboratories shows off color e-paper display

Fujitsu Laboratories has announced a new color e-paper display that has what Fujitsu claims to be the world's highest color image quality. Fujitsu was able to develop the color e-paper display by redesigning the panel structure and image rewrite methods used in previous versions of color e-paper from the company.

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Bridgestone QR-LPD flexible e-paper gets video demo

Bridgestone QR-LPD flexible e-paper gets video demo

Bridgestone probably aren't the first company you'd associate with e-paper, but it seems they've been thinking about more than just tires of late.  They've rolled out a new flexible e-paper screen at Display 2011 in Japan this week, called QR-LPD or Quick Response Liquid Powder Display, which judging from this machine translation uses electrically-charged black and white particles held in a liquid substrate.

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NEC A4-sized UXGA e-paper revealed

NEC A4-sized UXGA e-paper revealed

Someone needs to get hold of NEC, shake them liberally, and tell them not to bother putting their excellent A4-sized e-paper panels in rubbish ad campaign boards but into huge ebook readers instead.  The company have unveiled their latest e-paper prototype, and the 8.27 x 11.69 inch panel - which has a whopping 1600 x 1200 resolution - is making us drool.

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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.

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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.

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AUO flexible e-paper and 20-inch E Ink panel announced

The tech world waits with baited breath for Barnes and Noble‘s dual-display ebook reader, expected to see an announcement today, but e-paper manufacturers aren’t resting on their laurels.  AUO have two new milestones today: their first 6-inch flexible e-paper display, and the world’s first 20-inch Electrophoretic Display (EPD) panel, the largest ready for mass production.

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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

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.

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