Large-size color ePaper targets IoT, smart city applications

May 06, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Large-size color ePaper targets IoT, smart city applications
Electrophoretic display ('electronic paper') specialist E Ink Holdings and TFT LCD panel maker Innolux have announced their collaboration on a 28-inch Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP) panel targeted for applications in public transportation and retail markets.

In the collaboration, which targets IoT and smart city applications, E Ink will provide full color ePaper film to Innolux, while Innolux will produce modules and leverage its strength in special applications and large-size panels to promote E Ink's first generation of ACeP - E Ink Gallery - to the market. The resulting 28-inch bar type color ePaper will be mainly used for in-vehicle advertisement signage and retail signage, as well as in public transportation such as metro, high-speed railway, train, or electric bus.

IoT and smart city applications are extremely well suited for products featuring ePaper, say the companies. For example, E Ink's ePaper is extremely low power, as no power is required to hold an image, its form factor is thin and lightweight, and the reflective display technology uses ambient light without the need for a backlight. With the advancement of color ePaper technology, the companies say they see a great opportunity for development and expansion into IoT and smart city markets.

"E Ink is actively developing the ecosystem around ePaper. By providing our unique film to Innolux as part of our strategic partnership, together we will grow the ePaper business and expand the ePaper ecosystem,” says Johnson Lee, CEO of E Ink Holdings. "Innolux is the sole ecosystem partner for large-sized modules for our ACeP technology and E Ink will be introducing potential customers for large sized panels to Innolux. Through the strong cooperation between E Ink and Innolux, we will expand applications of color ePaper, show the excellent characteristics and value of ePaper, and attract more market attention and adoption."

Jim Hung, Chairman and CEO of Innolux, says, "Panel applications have become more diverse as 5G and AI have encouraged the development of applications in smart life, digital entertainment, and health management. Innolux has differentiating advantages owing to our solid capability in panel manufacturing, and are glad to partner with E Ink as the total panel

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