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LG.Philips' 14.1-inch color e-paper

Nemotec high-resolution A4 e-paper
LG.Philips and Nemoptic launch breakthrough 14.1-inch color e-paper

This week LG.Philips LCD announced that it is first in the world to develop and launch a 14.1-inch size flexible display. Dubbed "technology e-paper," the LG.Philips display uses technology from E-Ink Corp., and is able to produce 4,096 colors. The technology was only previously available in grayscale.

LG.Philips says that it's able to achieve flexibility from using a thin metal foil as the back lining for the display, whereas thin glass was previously used. Using thin foil, the display is able to be bent and then recover its original shape.

The flexible displays are thin and resistant to curve damage. The biggest benefit according to LG.Philips is power savings. Because of the way E-ink works, the display only uses power when the image changes, allowing a static picture to hold for a long period of time without requiring power.

Despite being first, LG.Philips is not the only company this week to announce a flexible color display. A company in France called Nemoptic announced today a 14.1-inch e-paper display of its own. Nemoptic says that its display is capable of resolutions up to 1650x2340 -- somewhat close to 4 megapixels -- giving users approximately 200 dpi of resolution. Judging from the specifications, the Nemoptic display is identical to LG.Philips' unit.

Currently, the technology behind E-ink is too slow to display motion picture such as video at a reasonable speed for watching. According to specifications, the screens are only capable of a refresh rate of slightly less than one second. Considering that decent video requires somewhere in the range of 24 to 30 frames per second, E-paper still requires development.

Both LG.Philips and Nemoptic indicate that they are shipping samples to manufacturers and consumers should see the technology available in the market sometime in 2008.

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By oTAL on 5/16/2007 2:37:40 PM , Rating: 2
This technology is amazing!!! I can completely imagine this thing actually replacing books in the future. You go to a bookshop, you look at the catalog and you download the new book into your device. It can even look like a small book and hold several thousands.

The only thing that will definitely slowdown the introduction of this technology is price... it will doubtlessly be expensive and it will have a small life expectancy (batteries, scratches, etc. - probably the same life time of the average ipod).
Still, when these things become as much a commodity as the average mp3 player, then I can see the book selling model changing and the comfort and ease of reading a book actually increasing the number of people who do so.

As usual, price is the main issue...

RE: Price...
By Aeros on 5/16/2007 10:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
What safeguards are there against censoring e-material (i.e. Books etc) if these became the replacement for hard copies.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all about portable cheap displays. But the Idea that somone could easily modify what would otherwise be set in stone, quickly easily, and discreetly worries me.

RE: Price...
By mcnabney on 5/16/2007 11:41:50 PM , Rating: 3
imagine this thing actually replacing books

That is a horrible idea.

RE: Price...
By awer26 on 5/17/2007 12:50:59 AM , Rating: 3
Did anyone else catch that huge coincidence? Whaddya know - a French company makes the same size display, even with the same specs, and releases it in the same week as the LG one! Did anyone look for a "Made in Japan" sticker on the back?

Despite being first, LG.Philips is not the only company this week to announce a flexible color display. A company in France called Nemoptic announced today a 14.1-inch e-paper display of its own. Nemoptic says that its display is capable of resolutions up to 1650x2340 -- somewhat close to 4 megapixels -- giving users approximately 200 dpi of resolution. Judging from the specifications, the Nemoptic display is identical to LG.Philips' unit.

Heh...makes me laugh...
By Souka on 5/16/2007 5:44:05 PM , Rating: 4
Flexible Color E-Paper Coming Soon

to what? Replace the super-popular B/W E-Paper that everyone uses?

Oh wait....nobody uses E-paper.....well, very very few people even know about e-paper, let alone have seen it.....

oh well....

RE: Heh...makes me laugh...
By Triring on 5/16/2007 8:34:51 PM , Rating: 2
There are numerous applications for these even with static imagery in the sales promotion industry like posters and billboard where cost of printing, distrubution and installation can be cut out of the equation if they hook it up to the web.

RE: Heh...makes me laugh...
By psychobriggsy on 5/17/2007 8:22:55 AM , Rating: 2
eInk is used in some products - Motorola's F3 phone (I think that's the model number) which is popular in developing countries and as a budget device elsewhere, and a couple of eBook readers.

It's still a young technology, and quite different from other display technologies. The high resolution (200dpi) and reasonable size now (14.1") and 12-bit colour (like the original Amiga) should mean that some seriously useful products can be made soon.

A little real information
By ET on 5/17/2007 4:56:37 AM , Rating: 2
First of all, neither of these displays is based on E-Ink's technology. They are both LCD based, and as such don't suffer from the slow refersh speed of E-Ink.

In the LG/Philips announcement there was no mention of bistability, i.e., the display staying on without power. The way I read it, this is just a think and flexible LCD screen.

The Nemoptic display is bistable. With a TFT back end, it should provide decent refresh speeds.

To the poster who assumes these two techs are the same, I say: do your research.

RE: A little real information
By ET on 5/17/2007 4:58:53 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, LG/Philips did mention bistability.

RE: A little real information
By psychobriggsy on 5/17/2007 8:19:27 AM , Rating: 2
Post Before Research Syndrome eh?

From the first link in the article:

"Seoul, Korea (May 13, 2007) - LG.Philips LCD [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced today that it developed the world’s first 14.1-inch flexible color E-paper display, equivalent in size to an A4 sheet of paper. This is a second breakthrough in E-paper for LG.Philips LCD, which introduced the world’s first 14.1-inch black and white flexible E-paper display in May 2006.

The 14.1-inch flexible color E-paper uses electronic ink from E-Ink Corp. to produce a maximum of 4,096 colors. It can be viewed from a full 180 degrees, so that images always appear crisp, even when the display is bent."

Oh looky here "from E-Ink Corp" ... how does that compare with your "neither of these displays is based on E-Ink's technology" comment?

Oh yeah, you're completely incorrect.

Well Done!

By Mitch101 on 5/16/2007 2:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
I would love one of these just for E-books. Here is to hoping its cheap and not a $800.00 product in the end.

RE: Awesome.
By ricera10 on 5/16/2007 3:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
I would love one to put on a t-shirt.

By Finality on 5/16/2007 2:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
Any word on pricing or refresh rate?

RE: Pricing
By middlehead on 5/16/2007 3:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
Refresh rate is towards the bottom of the article, slightly better than 1 frame per second.

Where's my Global?
By Shadowself on 5/16/2007 3:47:30 PM , Rating: 2
When they get it to higher colors (24 bit instead of 12 bit) and higher refresh (30 Hz instead of 1 Hz) and more flexible (able to be tightly rolled up instead of just "flexed" like in the picture)...

Then we can all have our Global communicators!

5 years maybe?
10 years at most?

RE: Where's my Global?
By Sebec on 5/16/2007 9:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
Those Globals from Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict? Those were pretty cool gadgets. As this product matures over the years, maybe we will see something like that one day!

cut down on waste
By exdeath on 5/17/2007 6:37:08 PM , Rating: 2
It would be nice to have something like this, but I would settle for erasable xerox paper even. UV bulk eraser or even ink that fades after a few hours. Not the same as this, but:

How many times do you need something printed quick and convenient on paper where something like a tablet PC wouldn't do? Like print out directions on the way out the door, or print a FAQ or code sheet to a game you are playing in another room, or a reference sheet to something, to share a email joke at the office, etc. only to toss it after immediate use.

Would be great to be able to toss stuff like that back into the printer paper tray after use instead of accumulating waste and wasting resources.

RE: cut down on waste
By exdeath on 5/17/2007 6:38:31 PM , Rating: 2
Or printing that 50 page document and discovering it was the wrong one or that you had to make changes after its 75% printed, etc.

Come on Apple!
By SiliconAddict on 5/17/2007 1:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
While I'm not an outright Machead, yes I have a MBP and an iPod, I hope this will lure Apple into the e-book market. The designs to date have been too "busy" with a crap load of buttons and extra crap that I'm not even remotely interested in.
This is one time I really want a minimalist approach, and while I really enjoy reading ereader books on my iPaq 4700 the battery life is. . . uninspiring.
I would love a color e-ink reader wrapped in a shell similar to a MBP with grips of some form on it to avoid having it slip out of your hand. That and have Apple team up with ereader to have a new section on iText Mobile Store. (See what I did there? Come on where's my cookie? :-P ) and I would snap up something like that in a heartbeat. Then get major collages to offer their textbooks online via ITMS so students don't have to carry 10 tons of books around and watch Apple make a killing. But noooo. We are stuck with fracking AppleTV and the damn iPhone. Gah. Priorites at that company are really screwed up. What more universal communication medium is there then the written word?

Somehow I keep picturing the concept being brought up to Jobs and him going
"What the hell? It can't even display color cover art? *Throws it across the room*."

By zsouthboy on 5/17/2007 12:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
A cheap, ubiquitous color updateable display?

And a book comes to mind as the application?

What about an implantable tattoo?

What about a screen on my car bumper proclaiming that the person behind me is a jackass?

What about making the walls in your house out of this? Then you really *could* "update your wallpaper"!

By edithn on 5/18/2007 6:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
I work for Nemoptic and just wanted to avoid some misunderstandings: we are issuing 2 different displays: the A4 one, which is actually B&W, with a 200 dpi resolution ; and a smaller color demonstrator (5.1"), with improved resolution (100 dpi) and nb of colours (from 16 to 1 million). They should be ready for mass-manufacturing by the end of this year.
These displays are based on Nemoptic's BiNem proprietary technology and can be manufactured on standard LCD production lines.

By oTAL on 5/16/2007 2:40:31 PM , Rating: 1
I got to know... can we have quality porn on those? ;)

screw LCDs
By fxnick on 5/17/2007 12:23:28 AM , Rating: 1
maby they can put these in ipods and digital cameras, so the screens wont crack!

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