Wednesday, December 21, 2005

iRex introduces the Iliad

The ER 0100, from iRex Technologies, is a portable electronic device specifically for
reading applications. Its stable, high-brightness display
makes for excellent readability both indoors AND outdoors.
The 8.1-inch (diagonal) monochrome Electronic Paper
display contains 1024 x 768 pixels and supports 16 levels of
grey (160 dpi).

There is a choice of five standard connectivity options for
transferring data to the Electronic reader. The product can
work with a USB stick, Compact Flash and SD memory card
using slots on the top of the device.
Connection to the Internet is possible via integrated WiFi or
Ethernet cable.

Connection to PC/laptop: via USB-cable or integrated WiFi.
The ER 0100 is a very low power mobile device, specifically
designed for reading applications. The operating time of the
rechargeable battery is more than a week without
recharging, based on an average use of three hours reading
a day.

The content can be stored in four different archives (e.g. My
newspapers, My books). These archives can be quickly
accessed using the archive buttons of the device. Advanced
search functions are available to locate the required content

The touch screen facility and stylus makes text input (writing
comments on text and scribbling) and easy navigation
possible as part of a very natural user interface.

· MP3
· Other formats will be supported in the near future

· USB type A connector for USB memory stick.
· CF type II slot for memory extension or other
· SD/MMC slot for SD/MMC memory cards.
· 3.5mm stereo audio jack for headset.
· WIFI 802.11g wireless LAN.
· 10/100MB wired LAN.

· 400MHz INTEL X-Scale Processor.
· 64MB Ram
· 224MB free* internal FLASH memory for storing
content (sufficient for 1 month of newspapers, 30
books and many other documents).
· Touch sensor input using stylus.
· Rechargeable battery.
· Cradle and travel charger available.
· Dimensions (wxhxd): 155x217x16 mm. (A5)
· Screen dimensions (wxh): 122x163 mm.
· Weight: 390 grams.
· Operating temperature is 0°C to 50°C.
· Storage temperature is –20°C to 70°C.
(* depends on the amount of installed fonts)

Portable electronic reading

iRex Technologies introduces the concept of portable electronic reading: a total
solution for electronic paper applications.

Eindhoven, the Netherlands - iRex Technologies BV, a spin-off from Royal Philips
Electronics with backing secured from major independent equity investors, announces an electronic paper application that offers the first complete solution for portable electronic reading and writing.

At the heart of the iRex solution is a new generation of electronic reader that combines a revolutionary electronic paper display with wireless networking and touch screentechnologies. This delivers the established easy to read, low-power advantages of electronic paper with the capacity to get content from various sources (Internet, PC or flash memory cards), as well as the ability to capture user input. The 8.1” display with 16 grey levels, ensures excellent legibility both indoors and outdoors while still offering a thin, lightweight device for easy portability. The intuitive user interface, based on traditional reading principles, means it is easy to apply to professional and leisure uses.
The electronic reader device will be available for distribution to business partners by April 2006.

iRex Technologies BV brings together a team with many years of experience in
electronic paper technologies and portable devices. Working closely with Royal Philips Electronics and E Ink Corporation since 2001, iRex Technologies has based its advanced concepts for portable, electronic paper devices on the proven expertise of its partners. The company is based at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

“Our solution is the first to offer content-suppliers such a fast, comfortable, secure andinteractive opportunity to distribute their content to their users,” explains Hans Brons,CEO of iRex Technologies. “We focus explicitly on B2B partners: for news, educational and professional publishers this means delivering to their audience, regardless of location, with the immediacy of the Internet and the ease and flexibility of paper-basedreading. The benefits are not just in user satisfaction. The always up-to-date informationand low cost structure should make it easier to reach and even define new markets.”

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

ePaper Largest Plastic Active-Matrix

Plastic Logic, a leading developer of plastic electronics, announced today that it has developed the world's largest flexible organic active matrix display. The display consists of a flexible, high resolution, printed active-matrix backplane driving an electronic paper frontplane from US-based E Ink Corporation. The display will be shown at the 12th International Displays Workshop in Takamatsu, Japan from December 6/9. Dr Seamus Burns, Plastic Logic’s Group Leader for Displays, will give a presentation describing the new display in the Sunport Hall Takamatsu Main Hall on Wednesday 7 December 2005 at 09.50.

The displays are 10" diagonal SVGA (600 by 800) with 100ppi resolution and 4 levels of greyscale. The thickness of the display when laminated with E Ink Imaging Film™ is less than 0.4mm. The backplane substrate is made from low temperature PET supplied by DuPont Teijin Films which is more flexible and easier to handle than alternatives such as thin glass or steel foil.

E Ink Imaging Film is an electrophoretic display material that looks like printed ink-on-paper and has been designed for use in paper-like electronic displays. Like paper, the material can be flexed and rolled. The film only consumes battery power while the image is updated.

The displays were fabricated using Plastic Logic's new 350mm by 350mm Prototype Line and its proprietary printed electronics process that is scalable for large area, high volume and low cost. Plastic Logic will partner with manufacturers to bring the process to mass production.

John Mills, VP of Engineering said "We installed our Prototype Line in just a few months using readily available production equipment. Our process lets us correct for distortion on flexible substrates in real time. The new line will be used to support technology transfer to our manufacturing partners and to create advanced product prototypes for device-makers. The rapid start-up of our new facility illustrates the simplicity of our process compared with conventional TFT technologies."

Simon Jones, VP of Business Development said, "Glass based active-matrix displays like your laptop screen are heavy and fragile. They cannot address many applications in mobile devices and retail signage where there is a strong market demand for large, thin and unbreakable screens. Plastic Logic’s approach of printing transistors on plastic is the first commercially attractive solution to meet this market need. The flexibility of the display even allows a pressure sensor to be placed under the screen to implement a touchscreen without compromising the optical performance of the display. Plastic Logic’s new capability will trigger a wave of
product innovation enabled by thin and flexible plastic displays."
For the latest high-resolution images of the displays go to