E Ink Pushes Paper-Like Displays
Flexible displays that
E Ink's new semiconductor facility will be devoted to developing
elements for the prototype
The technology is designed for such applications as point-of-sale signs in retail stores, displays in mobile telecommunication devices and PDAs, and thin, portable electronic books and newspapers.
Called RadioPaper, the display is a thin material with a coating that changes its image when exposed to an electric field, composed of flexible transistors.
While the flexible transistors, a key element in the active-matrix displays, have been feasible for several years, E Ink is aiming to develop a commercial design and production process that is suitable for producing high volumes, the company says.
E Ink's proprietary technology, called
The company said that along with developing prototypes at the new facility, it will conduct low-volume production for specific customers. As the market for the new displays grows, the company will cooperate on production with "partners in the flat-panel display industry," E Ink says, without naming any of those companies.
The new 880-square-meter facility, in Woburn, Massachusetts, will house the company's Microelectronics Technology Group.
The group will work with traditional silicon-based, thin-film transistors as well as various printed conductor and semiconductor materials including organic, plastic transistors, E Ink says. The new facility will be equipped to handle displays measuring up to 18 inches diagonally.