LONDON Display pioneer Liquavista BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has announced it is working with Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) to provide support for electrowetting displays in mobile and consumer applications.
TI will integrate support for the display technology in an OMAP processor-based eBook development platform offering, Liquavista said.
Liquavista's technology enables a paper-like display that is being aimed at the electronic reader market and the company has worked with a local engineering consultancy to produce a 6-inch diagonal screened demonstrator product called Pebble.
Liquavista is developing the LiquavistaBright, LiquavistaColor and LiquavistaVivid displays based on its electrowetting technology for use in e-readers, mobile phones, media players, and other mobile devices.
It is not clear what resolution has been achieved with the LiquavistaBright and LiquavistaColor displays LiquavistaBright supports 64 levels of grey. The electrowetting displays provide improved brightness over LCD at low power and provide the potential for clear viewing in lighting conditions ranging from a dimly lit office environment to the bright light of a sunny day.
"Liquavista's aim is to make its electrowetting display technology available as broadly as possible to end-consumers via a wide range of products," said Guy Demuynck, CEO of Liquavista, in a statement. "Liquavista's promising solutions will introduce many benefits to the mobile consumer market, including cost and power savings, brighter user interfaces, and more intuitive responsiveness for display technologies," said Elie Belmand, general manager of TI's mobile consumer business.
Liquavista has worked with GBO Design-Engineering NV (Helmond, The Netherlands) to create a demonstrator e-reader called Pebble.
GBO's design is 6-inch diagonal screen device that includes a video camera to support video conferencing.
"With the Pebble concept and the launch of our new color display LiquavistaColor, consumers can now read not only books but also enjoy magazines or newspapers as well as browse photos, video clips, enjoy social networking and make video calls," said Demuynck.
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