New controller chip sets stage for color e-readers
Jul 30, 2010, 12:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)
"While Amazon announced a smaller, lighter version of its Kindle
e-reader today, the device still has a monochrome-only screen.
Color E Ink displays are on the way, however, as today's
announcement of a relevant controller chip -- the Epson S1D13524 --
"Monochrome electrophorescent (EPD) displays sourced from E Ink
Corporation have been used in the majority of e-readers to date.
Examples include Amazon's market-leading, Linux-based Kindle --
updated today to become smaller and lighter.
"Electronic paper offers a bright, high-contrast, thin,
lightweight display technology that remains legible under "any
lighting condition" -- much like newsprint. Once an image has been
"printed," no power is needed to hold it, reducing energy
requirements by 99 percent compared to LCDs, E Ink claims."