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 user 2004-04-05 at 10:35:00 am Views: 63
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    World’s First Production Shipment Commenced

    Cambridge, MA USA and Tokyo, Japan: E Ink Corp., and TOPPAN Printing Co., Ltd. announce the Commercialization of Electronic Paper through the launch of the first consumer adoption in a revolutionary new reading device from Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE).

    Since the announcement of a strategic alliance in May 2001, E Ink Corp. and TOPPAN have been co-developing the most important core component of Electronic Paper displays; an optical film called Front Plane Laminate (FPL). To manufacture an FPL, E Ink supplies its proprietary electronic ink technology to TOPPAN who applies it to a plastic film in a roll-to-roll coating process. This FPL has been incorporated into an Electronic Paper Display offered by Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and adopted in the Sony e-Book reader “LIBRIé” scheduled to go on sale in late April.

    E Ink’s Electronic Paper has gathered significant attention as the leading solution in next-generation displays that possesses both the visual benefits of paper and convenience and utility of electronic displays. The key benefits which make this technology ideally suited for portable information devices are the following:

    • Paper-like Readability: Easy-to-read, high contrast, and Near-180 degree viewing angle;
    • Ultra-low Power Consumption: Using no-power to maintain an image, this image stability provides the potential for extra-ordinary battery life;
    • Thin and Light Construction: This revolutionary technology replaces a sheet of glass with thin, lightweight, plastic electronic ink film.

    The Sony “LIBRIé”, the first consumer electronics product to adopt E Ink’s electronic ink technology, features paper-like readability, low power consumption of 10,000 pages (based upon Sony tests) from 4 “AAA” Alkaline batteries and portability featuring a light weight of less than half a pound (approximately 190g) by itself or just over a half a pound (300g) with battery and folding cover.

    The Philips Electronic Paper Display in the Sony LIBRIé is characterized by:

    • Active Area (diagonal): 6″
    • Resolution: SVGA (approximately 170ppi)
    • Grayscale: 4 Shades of Gray
    • Display Principle: Reflective, Microencapsulated Electrophoretic
    • Driving Scheme: Active Matrix

    About E Ink
    E Ink’s technology delivers the look, form and utility of paper encompassing broad design freedom, manufacturing flexibility and the ultimate in readability and portability. Electronic Paper displays are currently being developed for many applications spanning handheld devices, wearable displays and transportation signage under two main product platforms: high-resolution active matrix displays and low-to-medium pixel count segmented displays. E Ink is a private corporation that includes among its investors and strategic partners TOPPAN Printing Company, Royal Philips Electronics, The Hearst Corporation, CNI Ventures, a division of Gannett Co., Inc, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Vossloh Information Technologies, and Motorola, Inc. E Ink news can be found at: