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Display controller integrates color processor

Posted: 20 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:display controller? processor? color paper display? LCD?

S1D13524 display controller

Seiko Epson Corp. and E Ink Corp. have jointly developed the S1D13524 display controller IC, a high-performance EPD controller with a built-in color processor for E Ink's VizplexTM-enabled electronic color paper displays.

Targeting color and very high resolution B&W applications, the new IC is based on the same engine as the first two models, the S1D13521 and the S1D13522, but also includes a color processor that allows simple customization.

Found in most major electronic reader devices, Epson EPD controllers and E Ink's EPD low-power consumption screen technology have been key factors in the rapid growth of the e-reader market and the expanding range of mobile applications, such as e-books, e-newspapers, tablet PCs, laptop secondary displays, e-notebooks and e-dictionaries.

The new display controller includes a high-performance color engine that can be easily configured to match customers' color and CFA needs. It has a built-in dither function to minimize host overhead, and can be connected to any host processor through a 16bit parallel or TFT LCD bus.

As with all Epson EPD controllers, the S1D13524 allows multiregional and concurrent display updates. The advanced sequencer engine, power management, I?C thermal sensor and serial flash support a variety of popular functions.

"For image-rich information applications showing charts, graphs, maps, photos, comics and advertising, E Ink color capable displays enable an ultralow-power and high-mobility device with a paper-like experience. Epson has been a key partner for many years and the new color controller is an exciting new addition to their strong product line," said T.H. Peng, executive VP of E Ink.

"Epson has been the market leader for the E Ink EPD controllers for the past few years. Now, by adding this innovative color EPD controller to our product family, we believe Epson can create a new market for EPD displays in partnership with E Ink Corp. Today, we already have customers waiting for our new controller and are delighted to have the opportunity to help them launch their products to the market," said Ryuhei Miyagawa, chief operating officer of Epson's semiconductor operations division.

Samples of the Epson S1D13524 will be available in June. Sample price is $24. Production quantities will be available in December. E Ink plans to offer an S1D13524 prototype kit that will enable engineers to rapidly prototype and develop next-generation color e-paper products.





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