EIH reports strong demand for electronic shelf label, e-reader and signage displays

E Ink Holding's president Johnson Lee says that EIH expects to enjoy strong sales in Q4 2018 - and the growth momentum will continue in 2019. The increased sales will be driven by strong demand for electronic shelf label (ESL) products.

EIH's current production capacity is fully booked - and even though the company is increasing its capacity at its Linkou Taiwan plant, this will not be enough to meet the surging demand. EIH is now considering converting some of its production capacity at its US plant to produce ESL displays (the fab is currently exclusively making e-reader displays).

India's Newtown municipality is piloting E Ink signage in bus stops

The West Bengal State Government Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), in an effort to gain a IGBC Platinum status for the Newtown municipality is adopting several new environmentally friendly initiatives.

One of these is the usage of E Ink signage in bus stops. In the pilot project, an E Ink display was installed in the city's Eco Park Gate 2 bus stand.

BOE demonstrates E Ink smart label displays

China-based display maker BOE demonstrated smart label displays using what seems to be E Ink displays:

BOE E ink smart lables (BOE IPC-2018)

This is the first time we hear of any E Ink project by BOE (one of the world's largest display producers). This demonstration was part of BOE's Global Innovation Partner Conference 2018 (BOE IPC-2018).

New e-paper device: Dasung Not-eReader

Dasung's Not-eReader is an Android-based 7.8" E Ink (300 PPI) smart tablet-like device. Dasung claims the Not-eReader will have a video-capable fast refresh rate. Other features include a large 5,300 mAh battery, a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Dasung Not-eReader photo

Dasung launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Not-eReader. The device will cost $465, although early buyers will get a 26% discount.

New e-paper device: NTT DoCoMo Card Keitai

NTT DoCoMo's Card Keitai is the company's lightest phone ever at only 47 grams, and it features a single 600x480 E Ink display. It's a feature phone (cannot add applications) that supports simple functions.

NTT DoCoMo Card Keitai photo

The Card Keitai will ship in Japan by the end of November 2018 for around $280.

Amazon shuts down Liquavista, the technology future is unclear

According to report, Amazon decided to shut down Liquavista - an e-paper developer that it has acquired in 2013. It is not clear yet whether Amazon decided to discard the technology, or whether it has moved the technology to another part of the organization.

Liquavista was established in 2006 as a spin-off from Philips, with an aim to develop its Electrowetting technology, which can be used to develop full-color and video-capable e-paper displays. Liquavista was acquired by Samsung in 2011, and in 2013 Samsung sold it to Amazon.