A local research team yesterday unveiled a new technology that represents not only a breakthrough in the application for flexible electronic paper (e-paper), but also allows animation displays on e-paper.
The active matrix electrophoretic display (EPD) controller chip, researched and developed by National Taiwan Normal University’s System-On-Chip (SoC) Lab, led by professor Kao Wen-chung (高文忠), helps produce improved e-paper that can be bent and folded and is easily portable, Kao said at a press conference.
The EPD controller chip also enables animation to be displayed in electronic books, said Kao.
PHOTO: LIAO CHEN-HUEI, TAIPEI TIMES
The chip, equipped with a real-time image processing engine, widens the applications for e--paper and allows moving pictures to be viewed on items, such as electronic tickets, electronic menus or other places where information displays are needed — shades of the magic moving photographs that appear in the Harry Potter movies.
The new technology overcomes problems faced by normal e-paper — images displayed poorly under high temperatures and at high speed — according to Kao.
Amazon.com Inc’s e-book, the Kindle, uses hard materials for its display and is unable to display animations, Kao added.
Apple Inc’s iPad, meanwhile, which uses a TFT-LCD display, requires backlighting and prolonged use can hurt or even damage the eyes, he said.
The EPD controller chip is able to intensify image contrast and -increase color sharpness — up from 16 gray levels to 256 gray levels on the e-paper display — making reading on e-paper equipped with the chip more comfortable, even for long periods.
Kao’s lab is scheduled to unveil the technology in the US next month and an application for patent right is expected to be filed shortly afterward.
However, mass production of the new e-paper will not be possible for a further four to six years, according to Kao.
Polytronics Technology Corp (聚鼎科技) yesterday announced that it is buying Henkel AG’s thermal clad dielectric material (TCLAD) business division for US$26 million as the Taiwanese firm aims to improve its technology, product portfolio and revenue performance. Polytronics, headquartered in the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區), is a supplier of protection components and heat dissipation materials. The firm entered the metallic heat-dissipation substrate market in 2007 and developed a unique solventless production process. Its board of directors approved signing an agreement with Henkel to acquire the German chemical firm’s TCLAD division in the US. The purchase includes all assets and business interests, including equipment,
SIZE MATTERS: Medium-sized hotels that do not have the support of parent groups are more vulnerable and are forced to take action, a REPro Knight Frank researcher said About 50 hotels across Taiwan are seeking to exit the market as they succumb to the bleak business outlook amid international travel restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Yomi Hotel (優美飯店) on Minsheng E Road, Sec 1, in Taipei is seeking to transfer ownership with an asking price of NT$950 million (US$32.15 million) and a pledge for a lease contract that guarantees a 3 percent return. The budget hotel, with room rates that start from NT$1,400 per night, maintains normal operations, but has been struggling since March, when the government placed restrictions on inbound and outbound travel. Occupancy rates for hotels in
With the US dollar expected to weaken in the next 12 months due to near-zero interest rates, investors should consider purchasing US corporate bonds, Standard Chartered Bank Taiwan Ltd (渣打台灣銀行) said on Thursday. The bank said that the US Federal Reserve since last month has been buying bonds issued by US companies to curb default rates. The US dollar is forecast to be weaker against the pound, the euro and the yen, as well as the Canadian dollar, the Swedish krona and the Swiss franc, as the greenback lacks high investment returns after the Fed in March slashed the benchmark interest rate
‘SENSITIVE MARKETS’: The previously unannounced project would involve the company handing over control of data to a third party to sidestep privacy concerns Google has abandoned plans to offer a major new cloud service in China and other politically sensitive countries due in part to concerns over geopolitical tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic, two employees familiar with the matter said, revealing the challenges for US tech giants to secure business in those markets. In May, the search giant shut down the initiative, known as “Isolated Region” and which sought to address nations’ desires to control data within their borders, the employees said. The action was considered a “massive strategy shift,” said one of the employees, who added that Isolated Region had involved hundreds of employees