Plastic Logic, Epson push electrophoretic displays towards new applications
November 16, 2012 // Christoph Hammerschmidt
With their high contrast and paper-like impression, electrophoretic displays are widespread in many e-book readers. OTFT display manufacturer Plastic Logic has equipped a display module with a display driver chip integrated on a flexible carrier - a major step to open the door to new application worlds such as medical, automotive and industrial environments.
The driver unit, comprising the display driver chip and the flexible carrier, has been provided by Plastic Logic's cooperation partner Epson. The chip per se is a rather unspectacular display driver, but according to Plastic Logic the module implementation enables the company to place it on flexible display carriers. The cooperation between the two companies will lead to performance improvements for small displays with a size of up to 5 inches - a size mostly used in industrial and consumer applications. For this reason, it enables Plastic Logic to address these markets in addition to the e-book reader market. The company sees chances to position these displays in medical applications such as wristband displays or curved dashboard displays in cars. Another application example would be smart cards.
Plastic Logic has developed flexible displays based on a proprietary technology to create organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). By using plastic substrates instead of glass, the company hopes to be able to create flexible electrophoretic monochrome and colour displays. Besides being flexible such displays could be extremely light while rugged. They can be manufactured at a thickness of significantly below 400 microns and feature a bending radius of just 15 mm. At the same time, they feature very low power consumption, promises Plastic Logic.
Epson's S1D13541 controller / driver chip is designed for electrophoretic displays (EPSs) and integrates all essential functions on a single chip. Among other features, it contains four parallel display pipelines for images with up to 16 grey levels. In addition, it contains 480 TFT source driver outputs as well as an integrated memory to support displays with a resolution of up to 480 x 854 pixels. In addition, the chip accommodates a wave forms memory as well as a DC/DC booster that generates all voltages necessary to run the displays.All news
Conspiracy alleged over Rousset wafer fab closure
March 07, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court in New York alleging that Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) conspired ...
Europe loses PV market lead to Asia in 2013
Driverless car sharing concept focuses on digital comfort
Automated SSL test system authenticates LED technology performance
Paper-thin ultracapacitor aims to boost Li-ion battery performance
Apple set to transform sapphire wafer market
March 07, 2014
The sapphire industry ended an 18 month period of depressed pricing and achieved $936 million in revenue for wafer products ...
FTDI reveals streaming instruction behind new 32bit architecture
AMD taps UK tool for video verification
UHF RFID the radio technology of choice for Industry 4.0
- DSM presents: Select the best plastic for DDR4
- Wireless Sensor Network Challenges and Solutions
- Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems Handbook
- Real-Time Spectrum Analysis for Troubleshooting 802.11n/ac WLAN Devices
InterviewWi-Fi is open for business, which is good news for mobile subscribers
Following the news that Netgear has built a Facebook-linked amenity Wi-Fi option into its routers, enabling businesses to offer free Wi-Fi in return for liking the company Facebook page, David Nowicki, ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Freescale is giving away ten RIoTboards, worth 74 dollars each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Designed to run Android operating systems efficiently or to run under Linux, the board is based on the Freescale i.MX 6Solo processor; using the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture.
And the winner is...
In our previous reader offer, Crystal Display was giving...Read more
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.