Coming to an e-book near you - LG's flexible e-paper display
Like most display manufacturers, LG has kept a finger in the flexible e-paper pie. Now, however, the company has announced that its six-inch XGA resolution Electronic Paper Display (EPD) is now in full production, and should be in devices bound for Europe within the next month.
LG's new plastic EPD, claimed to be the world's first in mass production, takes the form of a plastic substrate that is 0.7 millimeters (0.027 in) thick, about 2/3 the thickness of glass EPD devices. At 14 grams (0.49 oz) in weight, the new display comes in at less than half the weight of glass-based alternatives. However, the flexibility is what causes the plastic EPD to step up as a game changer. The rugged device will bend as much as 40 degrees from the plane of the display, will survive blows from a small urethane hammer and repeated drops from a height of 1.5 meters (4.92 ft).
"With the world's first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market," said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display's Mobile/OLED division. "Based on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays."
LG says it was able to adapt conventional LCD manufacturing technology to the production of the new product by reducing the process temperature of the LCD process to a level that the polymer structures of the plastic EPD could tolerate. The new display is to be shipped to Chinese ODMs, who hope to supply product to Europe by, according to the March 29 press release, "the beginning of next month."
Source: LG via Engadget
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might be a game changer for book readers nd tabs category...
eagerly waiting for the products with EPD..
Other then lowering costs just how is this a game changer?
What is needed is more paper like properties, foldability.
hum, guess you've never gotten a cracked screen.
This is a game changer because it can be sewn (or Velcro-ed) onto the back of a jacket, or it can be simply built into a normal device to have a screen that never breaks. Between being cheaper and more durable, this screen might actually be within the price of schools and capable of surviving a normal teenager's backpack - opening the door to mass purchasing of ebook readers for primary and secondary school classrooms. If the electronics can stay light enough to be supported by push pins (and given that e-ink can survive on a pretty small battery this is reasonable) this could be the perfect wall calendar.
It's not a cure for cancer, or even color e-ink, but it's pretty cool anyway.
Game changer, how? Whoever made the original concept maybe but that wasn't HP...
Rex Alfie Lee
I'm with you Charles.
@attomman,Rex...i agree with charlers...flexibility & durabilty can be game changers..i just cant get myself to read books on ipad or laptop..if the designers can get better usability out of these EPDs ...get that "book reading " kindof experience then we have some serious competition here..
How about the packaging of goods that carry its own advertisement? A bag of chips that talk? Cheap enuf (a low-res neglect?), it might just come down to that. Heck, how about a pack of organic food with yr health advisor urging you on. Or a gym guru? Hmm, possibilities, possibilities.....
I can see, the Harry Potter era where pictures talk and your newspaper can interact with you.
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