AU Optronics Goes All Floppy With E-paper Future

It must be the day for e-reader and e-paper announcements. AU Optronics Corporation today announced a series of innovative e-paper technology devices. One is a 20-inch e-paper LCD-shaped monitor which has a myriad of possibilities, from public information units to advertising monitors. This is just one of a number of innovative products AU Optronics will be showcasing this month at FPD International 2009 in Yokohama, Japan. The product that will really capture people’s imagination for its use, power efficiency and potential of the future for e-paper technology is the 6-inch flexible e-paper. AUO plans to offer flexible e-paper samples in 2010 with a view to commencing full production of the product later in the year.
Here is some more detail on the flexible e-paper device from their press release.

“After marking the worldwide debut of its 6-inch touch function e-book in Display Taiwan 2009 in June, AUO launched its first 6-inch flexible e-paper technology in October, drawing widespread attention from the e-paper industry. Adopting Sipix’s exclusive Microcup® technology, this flexible e-paper incorporates a plastic substrate, so that the display can be repeatedly bended, allowing it to match even more closely the functionality of real paper. The flexible e-paper is portable and unbreakable, significantly increasing the product’s durability. While the curved radius of this e-paper reaches 100mm, it remains flexible and features 16 gray levels, a 9:1 high contrast ratio, and a reflectance of 33%. In terms of power consumption, there is no electricity required during reading and it consumes power only when the image is updated. Using the roll-to-roll manufacturing process, the technology allows for the commencement of volume production with higher yield rates, making it more cost-competitive. The size of the flexible e-paper is able to be tailor-made based on customers’ needs. AUO expects to distribute samples to customers in 2010 and to start volume production then.”

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