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Old 04-15-2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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Epson and E-Ink developed advanced display controller

From the Seiko Epson press-release today:

Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson"), a global supplier of semiconductor solutions, and its subsidiary, Epson Electronics America Inc., together with E Ink(R) Corporation, the leading developer and marketer of electronic paper display (EPD) technology, announced a jointly developed display controller IC delivering new capabilities for E Ink's Vizplex(TM)-enabled electronic paper displays. EPD's low-power-consumption screen technology is driving an emerging class of new mobile applications, such as e-books, e-newspapers, tablet PCs, laptop secondary displays, e-notebooks, and e-dictionaries.

The new EPD controller IC (part number S1D13521B) was developed by combining technologies from both Epson and E Ink. It will be offered in production quantities by Epson and as part of E Ink's upcoming AM300 Broadsheet prototype kit.

The Epson display controller will bring greater functionality to EPDs using E Ink technology by speeding up the user interface via seamless navigation, drop down/popup menus, responsive cursors, and real-time keyboard entry. The controller enables the display to perform up to 16 tasks in parallel, and supports smooth and responsive pen input devices for annotations and sketches.

"Epson developed the powerful S1D13521 with E Ink to support new e-paper applications such as electronic newspapers, portable Web browsers and industrial tablets," said Russ Wilcox, president and CEO of E Ink. "With the ability to address many screen regions simultaneously, future devices using this chip could offer a fast menu interface, simple animations, higher grayscale levels, and user input through typing and touch."

The AM300 will be shipping in June and is available online at for pre-order.


Pictured here is the AM 300 prototype kit.
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