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Ntera, Seiko Epson team on electrochromic display

Posted by iNext - 2006-02-18

LONDON — Ntera Ltd., an electrochromic display startup originally based in Dublin, Ireland, has partnered with Seiko Epson Corp. and the two companies have produced working direct drive display prototypes, Ntera said.

The partnership is set to continue in a quest to produce full color video-speed reflective displays that can be produced using ink-jet printing methods.

The prototypes feature 200 dot per inch and 400 dot per inch QVGA resolution and were produced using solution inkjet methods provided by Epson.

Ntera’s electrochromic technology reflects ambient light, including bright sunlight, to enhance image visibility, the company claimed It features high contrast ratio which Ntera describes as “ink-on-paper appearance” at a fraction of the power consumption of existing electronic displays by eliminating backlights, a significant power drain in mobile devices.

“Existing LCD and emerging OLED technologies fight the sun; we use it” said Peter Ritz, chief executive officer of Ntera, in a statement. “This is a critical accomplishment in executing our product and technology roadmap as we optimize Ntera technology to feature life-like resolution and natural color at video speeds,” said Ritz. “The low power consumption and superb optical qualities of Ntera’s electrochromic display technology are closely aligned with Epson’s strategy of pioneering products which enhance the user experience,” said Tatsuya Shimoda, deputy managing director of corporate R & D at Epson, in the same statement. “We look forward to continuing breakthrough performance as we work with Ntera in the next stages of our joint product development.”

Ntera first said its electrochromic display was available in February 2005

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