View Full Version : Amazon joins the E Ink club with Amazon Kindle


Alexander Turcic
09-11-2006, 02:13 PM
Oops, I hope you don't mind the double-post... just noticed that Roland moved his thread to the frontpage.

We are not exactly sure what to make out of this - for that much is for sure: this one won't win any beauty contest - but we definitely welcome Amazon's effort to stake out some turf in the e-book market with the so-called Amazon Kindle e-book reader. Engadget and our readers have already dug up some details. The device features a 6-inch SVGA 800x600 display with 4 grey scales and presumably E Ink, 256MB RAM, USB 2.0, headphone jack, SD card support and - this one is a first-time - a EVDO/CDMA wireless modem (compare with other current readers (http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_Reader_Matrix)).

For more check out our ongoing discussion (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=7569).

yvanleterrible
09-11-2006, 02:31 PM
It might not be cute, but if they get it out before Sony, I'll buy it.

dugbug
09-12-2006, 12:06 PM
The blurb I read on it mentions an ordinary gray-scale LCD. Nothing like what the Sony is offering.

NatCh
09-12-2006, 12:37 PM
From what we can see in the manual and pix (over in the other thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=7569)), it seems pretty likely that this is an e-ink screen. :)

yvanleterrible
09-12-2006, 01:00 PM
The manual says 4 grayscale display like the first eink. LCD went passed that 10 years ago.

dugbug
09-13-2006, 12:21 AM
Well I hope it is, and it makes sense. The original engadget article had said 4-greyscale backlit lcd.

arivero
09-13-2006, 09:44 AM
From what we can see in the manual and pix (over in the other thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=7569)), it seems pretty likely that this is an e-ink screen. :)

Yes, to be explicit, the manual mentions the flash process every eink page suffers to ve cleared (jargon "waveform")

Alexander Turcic
09-13-2006, 12:09 PM
Yes, to be explicit, the manual mentions the flash process every eink page suffers to ve cleared (jargon "waveform")
Ahh thanks, now I know what waveform means ;) The pre-2.5 update for the iLiad came with an updater (waveflash.o) for the E Ink display itself I think.

Starting update
Erasing
Flash erase timeout
Flashing %3ldkByte
Flash program timeout
Update complete
Alloc of 128kByte failed. Exiting
/mnt/settings/waveform.bin Failed to read Waveform file.
Waveform file read.
Locking kernel for DELTA flash update
Update FAILED.
Update SUCCESS.
No update required.
Module can be unloaded.

eink_write_data
eink_write_cmd
eink_read
ReadWaveFile
ReadFromFlash
WriteToFlash
EraseSector
ProgramByte
VerifyFlash
UpdateFlash
waveflash_init
waveflash_exit
__module_license
filp_open
fput
jiffies
printk
kmalloc
udelay
kfree
init_module
cleanup_module

tribble
09-13-2006, 12:33 PM
Ahh thanks, now I know what waveform means ;) The pre-2.5 update for the iLiad came with an updater (waveflash.o) for the E Ink display itself I think.


Yap, now you know. And i want the 2.4 waveform back. (am i getting to obsessed about that?)