einkbAs more newspapers and books are coming in electronic formats, E Ink Corporation, which offers electronic paper display (EPD) technologies, says it has enhanced its lineup of AM-300 EPD Prototype Kits by adding a large-size 9.7” display. It can be used for newspapers, textbooks, notepads, and business documents. 

E Ink’s EPD technology, says the company, offers the high contrast look of ink-on-paper and is suitable for mobile devices because it can be read in any lighting condition, including direct sunlight, and at any viewing angle. The technology can also be used for other consumer and industrial applications spanning handheld devices, public information and promotional signs.

Leading companies have begun embracing e-formats to deliver their content. For instance, USA TODAY, a leading newspaper, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, a portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers to a high-resolution electronic paper display. For a monthly subscription cost of $11.99, Kindle users can have USA TODAY content delivered each weekday.

And among the gadgets, in February, Amazon.com started shipping Amazon Kindle 2 reading device. It offers wireless delivery of content in a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images, and a new read-to-me feature. Its price is $359.

As more traditional content is coming on e-devices, Novelist Danielle Steel announced in February the release of 71 of her works on Amazon.com and The eBook Store by Sony, two of the world’s leading distributors of e-books. This is the first time her books will be available for digital download. With the growing popularity of wireless reading devices, such as Amazon’s Kindle and Reader Digital Book by Sony, the availability of this work places Ms. Steel at the forefront of authors providing digital content to consumers.  

“The success in the e-book space has prompted a lot of interest in e-newspaper and e-textbook applications,” said Sriram Peruvemba, VP of Marketing for E Ink. “E Ink Vizplex displays provide the best digital reading experience, and are fast becoming a better alternative to printed paper in certain applications.” 

With a resolution of 150 pixels per inch (PPI) and the capability of displaying multiple shades of gray, the 9.7″ diagonal display has the clarity of newsprint, says the company. Once updated, the display image remains visible without energy, which reduces system power consumption by up to 90% compared to traditional LCDs. This third generation, high-resolution developer kit also contains a graphical electronic paper display with pen input. 

The Broadsheet AM300 prototype kit is stated to be an easy way to start working with E Ink technology. In addition to the display module, the kit also includes a Linux x86 operating environment, E Ink API software for Broadsheet, sample images, open source software drivers and applications including support for MMC cards, Bluetooth, and USB. 

E-books using E Ink’s high-resolution display technology were first launched in April 2004. According to the company, the 9.7” AM300 will be shipping by end of May.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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