SAN FRANCISCO Dialog Semiconductor Plc announced it would develop display drivers for consumer products requiring paper-thin displays from E- Ink Corp. at the Society of Information Display (SID) symposium here.
The two companies have defined a specification for an electrophoretic display driver producing a very thin IC package to minimize the thickness of the display module.
E-Ink's electronic ink technology is geared toward consumer and industrial applications, such as electronic books, cell phone screens, and transportation signage.
The paper-thin displays are enabled by an electrically addressable ink embedded in a polymer matrix, resulting in a reflective display technology that requires no front or backlight, is viewable in direct sunlight, and requires no power to maintain an image, increasing battery life.
Products using the new Dialog
chip should be available in volume later this year, according to Dialog. Dialog Semiconductor (Stuttgart, Germany) specializes in mixed- signal CMOS design used in intelligent control circuits in automotive and industrial applications.