E Ink and Fujitsu Semi to co-develop battery-less energy-harvesting e-paper label reference board design

E Ink Holdings announced a new collaboration with Fujitsu Semiconductor to co-develop a reference design board for battery-less e-paper labels. The new board will be based on Fujitsu's UHF FRAM RFID LSI. Toppan Printing will also be a partner in this project.

The design board will use energy-harvesting technologies that will enable it to connect over distances of up to 20 cm without a power source. The companies target applications such as badges, ID cards, electronic shelf labels and logistics tags.

E Ink Holdings says ESL and e-notebook display shipments growth will offset the expected decline in e-reader display shipments in 2018

E Ink Holdings estimates that its 2018 revenues will be little changed from its 2017 revenues (of about $495 million) as growth in ESL and e-notebook revenues will offset the decline in e-reader demand.

E Ink says that its e-reader customers are "adjusting their product portfolios to changing demand" in 2018 - which reduces demand for new devices and thus demand for its e-reader E Ink displays. Next year, however, e-reader market growth is expected to resume.

E Ink aims to start producing color ACeP displays in early 2019

E Ink Holdings says it plans to start producing its next-generation color e-Paper (Advanced Color ePaper, or ACeP) display panels early in 2019. The first ACeP displays will be 13" in size.

ACeP color E Ink at SID 2016

E Ink first-generation Triton color e-Paper displays never really reached commercialization as the performance was not good enough. The company currently produces 3-color displays (Spectra displays), but the ACeP will hopefully be the first commercial full color E Ink displays.

E Ink says shelf labels displays will outsell e-reader displays by area in 2018

E Ink Holdings' president, Johnson Lee, says that demand for electronic shelf labels (ESL) displays is high - and in 2018 the company expects ESL displays to surpass e-reader displays in terms of area shipments.

This is very good news for EIH as the e-reader market has stagnated for years - and it is rather surprising for many as we have all been used to consider e-readers to be the main market for e-paper displays.

E Ink Holdings reported an operating loss for Q1 2018

E Ink Holdings posted an operating loss of $8.8 million USD in Q1 2018, as it faces a slowdown in e-reader sales and as it increased its operating expenses by 14.3% (this includes the $30 million investment in SES-imageotag). E Ink says that this loss was in line with its expecations, as it knows e-reader vendors are now updating their models and shifting to larger screen sizes (larger than the current 6-inch models).

E Ink says it expects its results to improve in the current quarter, and it believes its 2018 results will be better than its 2017 results.

A tour of E Ink's booth at SID Displayweek

Here's a short video showing E Ink's booth at SID Displayweek 2018, where the company demonstrated its latest E Ink displays, devices and prototypes. Some of these displays looked very good, especially the new color panels!

E Ink had some very interesting displays in there - including the new medical patch developed with LTS, the high resolution (400 PPI and 600 PPI) E Ink developed together with JDI, a range of new writing pads (from Sony, ReMarkable and Onyx Boox), the GVIDO music stand display, plastic logic's OTFT-powered panels and E Ink's upcoming beautiful color e-paper displays.

E Ink invests 26 million Euro in digital price tags developer SES-imageotag

E Ink Holdings announced a strategic collaboration with SES-imagotag, a developer of digital price tags. As part of this collaboration, E Ink invested 26 million Euro in SES, as it aims to expand its presence int he retail IoT market.

E Ink and SES-imagotag have collaborated for years, and implemented E Ink's Tri-color Spectra displays into shelf labels. This new industrial and sales partnership aims to accelerate broader adoption of electronic paper in smart retail applications.

EIH sales rise 7.8% in Q3 to reach $158 million

E Ink Holdings (EIH) reported its financial results for Q3 2017, with revenues of $158.8 million (up 7.8% from Q3 2016 and 29.8% from Q2 2017) and a net profit of of $38.8 million.

Bookeen Saga photo

E Ink says that these excellent results were due to a sharp increase in e-reader and e-paper notebook sales and improvements in operation efficiency and production yields. E-reader and notebook sales accounted for 70% of EIH's revenues.