Controller targets electronic paper displays - Embedded.com

Controller targets electronic paper displays

San Jose, Calif.—Seiko Epson Corp. has teamed up with E Ink Corp. to develop a display controller IC that delivers new capabilities for E Ink's Vizplex-enabled electronic paper displays.

EPD's low-power-consumption screen technology is aimed at an emerging class of mobile applications, such as e-books, e-newspapers, tablet PCs, laptop secondary displays, e-notebooks, and e-dictionaries.

The Epson display controller (part number S1D13521B) will bring greater functionality to electronic paper displays 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.

The S1D13521B is fully enabled when integrated into a display that uses a host controller, tuned waveforms, and E Ink's Vizplex-enabled active matrix electrophoretic displays. Its ability to perform regional updates contributes to a more responsive screen for both input and output usage.

The S1D13521B will be offered in production quantities by Epson and as part of E Ink's upcoming AM300 Broadsheet prototype kit, which the companies say is the fastest way to start working with E Ink technology using the Epson EPD controller. It will enable engineers to prototype and develop rapidly next-generation e-paper products. Compatible with 5-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch, and 9.7-inch active matrix displays, the kit allows users to create functional, low-profile product mock-ups quickly.

Pricing: Samples are $18.
Availability: Samples of the Epson S1D13521B will be available in May 2008; production quantities will be available in August 2008. The AM300 will be shipping in June.
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E Ink Corp., www.eink.comEpson, www.epson.com

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