E Ink Holdings, “E Ink” (8069.TW), the leading innovator of electronic ink technology, today announced the expansion of its color ePaper offerings to address applications within signage, retail, education and consumer electronics.
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E Ink Announces Color Portfolio for Smart Retail, Education and Consumer Electronics (Photo: Business Wire)
E Ink is introducing a new technology, Print Color, for eReader and eNote applications. This new ePaper platform utilizes a new printed Color Filter Array (CFA) technology in conjunction with E Ink’s second generation, faster and brighter, Carta 1100 ink. The new printing process alleviates the need for a glass-based CFA, making the displays thinner and lighter than previous generations, while simultaneously having higher optical quality. This allows eReader companies to combine the power of traditional black and white displays with color for a more fully realized eBook shopping experience. In addition, E Ink’s faster ink enables quicker updates for animations and video. With this new color technology, E Ink’s eNote product lines are now able to introduce writing tablets with color highlighters, pens and markers, giving new options for education and professional devices.
E Ink’s Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP™) is geared toward signage applications that benefit from the low power requirements of E Ink’s technology, along with color for a richer experience. The first generation of this technology achieves a full color gamut using only colored pigments. The richness of the colors is achieved by having all the colored pigments in every picture element (pixel). The ACeP™ platform maintains the ultra-low-power and paper-like readability of black and white E Ink ePaper. Current customers are using this technology in large retail promotional signage, where a light emissive display is not appropriate. E Ink has now made this technology available in a new developer’s kit, available through their online store.
E Ink is now offering smaller displays using the ACeP technology with a limited, but super saturated, color palette. These displays are geared toward Smart Retail applications; specifically for end-cap, store aisle and window promotions. Retailers are able to update store signage consistently with their shelf tags, and offer the most up-to-date pricing and promotion to customers. The high resolution, reflective display allows images, QR and barcodes, and text, with future sizes planned from small to mid-size, enabling detailed promotional information.
“E Ink is very excited to showcase this portfolio of new color products for Smart Signage, Retail and Education,” said Dr. FY Gan, President of E Ink. “E Ink has continued to invest in technology development throughout our history, and these new color offerings allow our customers greater flexibility in realizing their product visions.”
All of E Ink’s color offerings maintain the benefits inherent in ePaper displays: low power, sunlight readability and a wide viewing angle. More importantly, for reading intensive applications, as E Ink displays are reflective, and not emissive, long form reading and writing are benefited because ePaper does not emit blue light, which can damage the retina and disturb sleep patterns. As the power consumption of E Ink’s color displays are similar to that of traditional black and white displays, retailers can deploy signage in locations that are not hardwired, and easily move end cap signs from one location to another.
E Ink is sampling these color offerings to customers now, with several public deployments already in the market.
E Ink will be taking select meetings at CES 2020 on January 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas. Learn more at www.eink.com. Kits are available on the online store, or through an E Ink sales representative.
About E Ink
E Ink Holdings Inc. (8069.TWO), based on technology from MIT’s Media Lab, has transformed and defined the eReader market, enabling a new multi-billion dollar market in less than 10 years. E Ink’s low power products are ideal for IoT applications ranging from retail, home, hospital, transportation and more, enabling customers to put displays in locations previously impossible. The Company’s corporate philosophy aims to deliver revolutionary products, user experiences and environmental benefits through advanced technology development. This vision has led to its continuous investments in the field of ePaper displays as well as expanding the use of its technologies into a number of other markets and applications including smart packaging and fashion. Its Electrophoretic Display products make it the worldwide leader for ePaper. Its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technologies are a standard for high-end LCD displays and have been licensed to all major liquid crystal display makers in the world. Listed in Taiwan’s Taipei Exchange (TPEx) and the Luxembourg market, E Ink Holdings is now the world’s largest supplier of ePaper displays. For more information please visit www.eink.com.