Samsung buys display maker Liquavista


Dutch Philips spin-off Liquavista develops so-called electrowetting displays, a form of electronic paper that has the reflective capacities of regular paper, but the live updating capabilities of LCD screens.

Traditionally e-paper has been very slow. If you own a Kindle you know it can take a second or longer to update a screen. Animation and video need 15 updates a second to make the illusion of movement work (see ‘frame rate’, ‘persistence of vision’), and the Liquavista displays promise to deliver this.

According to Intomobile, Samsung anounced their purchase last Friday. It is unknown what the electronics giant paid.

Liquavista is a product of the Philips’ High Tech Campus, formerly known as Natlab, in Eindhoven.

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