E Ink’s new technology, Print Color, is for eReader and eNote applications. This new ePaper platform uses a new printed Color Filter Array (CFA) technology in conjunction with E Ink’s second generation, faster and brighter, Carta 1100 ink. This comes following E Ink Holding’s expansion of its Color ePaper offerings to address applications within signage, retail, education and consumer electronics.
The new printing process alleviates the need for a glass-based CFA, making the displays thinner and lighter than previous generations, while simultaneously having higher optical quality. This allows eReader companies to combine the power of traditional black and white displays with colour for a more fully realised eBook shopping experience. In addition, E Ink’s faster ink enables quicker updates for animations and video.
E Ink’s Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP) is geared toward signage applications that benefit from the low power requirements of E Ink’s technology, along with colour for a richer experience. The first generation of this technology achieves a full colour gamut using only coloured pigments. The richness of the colours is achieved by having all the coloured pigments in every picture element (pixel). The ACeP platform maintains the ultra-low-power and paper-like readability of black and white E Ink ePaper. Current customers are using this technology in large retail promotional signage, where a light emissive display is not appropriate. E Ink has now made this technology available in a new developer’s kit, available through their online store.
E Ink is now offering smaller displays using the ACeP technology with a limited, but super saturated, colour palette. These displays are geared toward Smart Retail applications; specifically for end-cap, store aisle and window promotions. Retailers are able to update store signage consistently with their shelf tags, and offer the most up-to-date pricing and promotion to customers. The high resolution, reflective display allows images, QR and barcodes, and text, with future sizes planned from small to mid-size, enabling detailed promotional information.
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