CLEARink Displays and FLEx Lighting announced today a collaboration to create the next generation ePaper display solution based on CLEARink’s ePaper 2.0 and FLEx’s ultra-thin front light. The companies had together built a prototype 9.7” color ePaper display with front light and their tradeshow booth won the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the recently concluded Society for Information Display’s (SID) world renowned Display Week exhibition in San Jose, California.
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Markets for growing applications in Tablets, Laptops, Wearables, Automotive, IoT and Signage require both sunlight readability as well as nighttime visibility while consuming very little power. CLEARink and FLEx are working on creating unique products that combines reflective, low power, color, video capable, sunlight and nighttime readable display solutions.
“We are delighted to collaborate with CLEARink to bring the next generation ePaper display to market,” said Mike Casper, CEO of FLEx Lighting. “Our front light technology enables low power, thin profile, light and uniform brightness for reflective displays in all ambient conditions.”
CLEARink’s patent protected, revolutionary display technology based on Electrophoretic Total Internal Reflection (eTIR) is low power, sunlight readable, color and video capable. FLEx’s front light technology offers an ultra-thin, low power solution for reflective displays. Together the companies are designing a display solution that takes advantage of the retro-reflective display and a high performance front light film that maximizes light output while reducing power drastically. The 9.7” display demonstrator for example, used only two LEDs.
“There is a $50b+ market in 2023 that is looking for a color, video, low power ePaper display viewable in all ambient conditions,” said Frank Christiaens, CEO of CLEARink Displays. “We have collaborated with FLEx Lighting to create the next generation of ePaper display solutions that will amaze customers worldwide.”
About CLEARink Displays, Inc.
CLEARink is a leader in reflective display technologies for Tablets, Laptops, Wearables, IoT displays, Electronic Shelf Labels (ESLs), outdoor signage and automotive applications. CLEARink’s patent protected eTIR technology is a superior alternative to existing reflective displays, providing unparalleled video and color representation, using a fraction of the energy consumed by LCD, with a highly competitive cost structure. Founded in 2012, the company is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Shenzhen, Eindhoven and Vancouver and has raised over US$25 million in financing from strategic investors such as M Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (Dow Jones: MRK.DE), 3M (NYSE:MMM), and Lenovo (0992.HK). For more information, visit http://www.clearinkdisplays.com.
About FLEx Lighting
FLEx’s frontlit technology is changing the way we look at our devices. Founded in 2004, FLEx’s technologies have created the world’s thinnest lighting system, which are currently powering next generation reflective displays and other lighting applications. These products provide critical lighting solutions for the rapidly expanding category of Reflective Displays to enhance and augment the rising tide of mobile, wearable, and flexible devices of the future. With 19 sales offices across North America and Asia, manufacturing capabilities in the US and Asia, and over 29 granted patents worldwide, FLEx can help device manufacturers extend battery life and deliver their products in the best light. For more information, visit www.flexlighting.com.