January 23, 2011

Samsung buys display maker Liquavista

Filed under: Technology by Branko Collin @ 1:48 pm

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.

Video: Youtube/ARMdevices.net

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March 25, 2008

Electrowetting displays coming up in 2008

Filed under: Gadgets,IT by Branko Collin @ 8:30 am

Philips spin-off Liquavista announced last week that it will start production of so-called electrowetting displays this year, having secured 8 million euro in investment money. Electrowetting is a member of a loosely knit family of energy efficient reflective display technologies. It works by manipulating layers of oil and water in a cell (pixel). Liquavista expects to produce small displays for use in mobile devices such as mobile phones and watches first. The Eindhoven-based company claims its ColorMatch FreeStyle platform will have more than twice the brightness of LCD displays.

Via Bright (Dutch). First published at Teleread. Source image: Liquavista.

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