Friday, June 29, 2007

E Ink Opens New Markets for Segmented Electronic Paper Displays

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--E Ink Corporation, the leading developer and marketer of electronic paper display (EPD) technology, today announced a distribution agreement in which Electronic Paper Technologies Solutions (EPTS) will offer E Ink’s Vizplex™ Imaging Film based electronic paper displays across its extensive network throughout the Mediterranean.

Under the terms of the agreement, EPTS will leverage its Center of Excellence for Custom Segmented Display Cells. E Ink’s EPDs appeal to the region’s and world’s search for unique display technology solutions that can rely on EPTS expertise in convergence of broadband wireless, electronic content delivery, long battery life, and a beautiful display.

“As E Ink’s display technology continues to expand into new and existing applications, creating a network of value-added partners accelerates the market’s adoption of electronic paper,” said Ryosuke Kuwada, E Ink, VP of Sales and Marketing. "EPTS has the technical skills, marketing capability and sales network in Europe that will give companies significant benefits when designing with this revolutionary technology.”

Custom Segmented Displays

SDC products are thin, plastic display cells that show a bright image with ultra-low power consumption. They offer innovative product design possibilities because they are paper-thin and can be cut to virtually any shape. Further, product designers can take advantage of image stability, which enables the image to remain highly legible for over a year without power.

E Ink’s segmented technology was selected by Motorola for its ultra-slim Motofone F3 GSM handset, by Lexar for its JumpDrive Mercury and Secure II Plus USB drives with capacity meter, and by Seiko for its sleek luxury line of Electronic Ink watches. All of these products have recently won international awards for breakthrough design and valuable features.

Rapid product development is available with EPTS/E Ink’s custom segmented display sample program. Starting from a customer-supplied CAD file, E Ink typically can supply production-ready samples within six to eight weeks after artwork approval, and enter mass production within 12 weeks. E Ink has partnered with several IC developers, including Dialog Semiconductor, Epson, Solomon-Systech, and Citizen, who have developed compatible segmented display drivers.

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