SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of communications chip giant Qualcomm Inc., said Monday (Jan. 30) that its mirasol display technology is featured in the next generation Jin Yong Reader from Taiwanese e-reader vendor Koobe Inc.
Qualcomm (San Diego) said the next-generation Jin Yong Reader's use of mirasol would deliver an improved customer reading experience, interactive touch screen capabilities, visibility even in bright sunlight and weeks of reading under typical usage.
"With Taiwan as home to Qualcomm MEMS Technologies' growing manufacturing base, it is significant for its consumers to experience the unmatched performance benefits of mirasol displays," said Clarence Chui, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, in a statement.
The next-generation Jin Yong Reader, named after China's best-selling living author, comes preloaded with Jin Yong's acclaimed 15 novel set (compiled in 36 volumes) and includes access to Koobe's content libraries, which feature thousands of novels, comics, interactive e-books, animated picture books and magazines, Qualcomm said.
The Jin Yong Reader features a 5.7" XGA format (1024 x 768 pixels) mirasol display (screen resolution of 223 ppi) and Qualcomm's 1.0 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, Qualcomm said. Koobe's custom application interface sits atop an Android 2.3 base, Qualcomm said.
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Mirasol, besides shifting color with angle, is an All or Nothing technology. Photos will be worthless on a Mirasol display. Rather like a white light hologram without the 3D effect. However, diagrams and text should be very nice. Since E-Ink can't do color yet, I think it may be a good trade off.
I have been hoping to see a product which uses Mirasol. It's a good move for Taiwanese manufacturer. Taiwan indeed has been trying so many different products these days. What's up with American's corporation?
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