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E Ink and Epson join strengths
for high resolution e-paper device

High-resolution e-paper device.
Marking a new milestone, E Ink Holdings Inc and Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson) announced the joint development of a 300-dpi electronic paper device with razor-sharp text and images for e-paper document readers. Combining E Ink’s high-resolution e-paper display and Epson’s high-speed display controller platform, the new device will enable the world’s highest resolution e-paper tablets. With sharply improved readability and ease-of-use the e-paper document reader is expected to catch on in business and education settings where huge amounts of data have to be processed, as well as in countries that use character-based text, including Japan and China.

Thin, lightweight, energy-efficient e-readers with easy-to-read, paper-like displays have won over consumers, who are snapping up e-paper devices in unprecedented numbers, causing the market to surge. Demand has also been on the rise in business and education, market segments that require exactly what e-paper provides: the fast and accurate display of enormous amounts of information. Applications in these segments demand higher resolution than that offered by today’s 160-dpi displays due to the need to crisply render, with smooth gradations, engineering diagrams, illustrations, Asian characters, and other fine or intricate content.

These market segments also demand faster page navigation and sophisticated user interfaces to allow instant viewing of vast amounts of data.

“As the adoption of e-readers continues to rise worldwide, the opportunities for our EPD technology are expanding in new market segments including business and education,” said Scott Liu, chairman of E Ink, “We continue to improve E Ink’s technology to meet the demands of our customers and the needs of consumers, and this new EPD delivers the low power, sunlight readability and thin, lightweight form factor users have come to expect from E Ink at an even higher resolution.”

“We developed this device specifically to meet the high data demands of business and academia,” said Samba Moorthy, senior general manager, sales & marketing, Epson India, “Our IC controller and processing power enables the display to handle large files while maintaining the excellent display control and operability found in today’s EPDs, including fast page navigation and a sophisticated user interface.”


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