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Fujitsu develops electronic paper with non-volatile image memory
By Wolfgang Gruener, Senior Editor
July 13, 2005 - 16:12 EST

Tokyo - Traditional print technologies are likely to face more competition from electronic materials soon. Fujitsu's research labs announced a substrate-based bendable color electronic paper that is able to store and display content without the need of power supply.

Electronic paper displays, often based on OLED technology, has been around for some time and are even used in some commercial applications especially in Asia-Pacific. Fujitsu believes it has made substantial progress that could advance electronic displays in a much broader global market and replace commercial and consumer devices that rely on traditional printing today.

The new product, first to be shown on July 14 at the Tokyo International Forum, is a film substrate-based bendable color electronic paper. Similar to Flash memory, the display integrates a non-volatile data memory function that is able to continuously display the same image without being connected to a power supply. Electricity is only needed when users want to change the displayed content. According to Fujitsu, the material used enables high-resolution and "vivid color" images that are unaffected even when the screen is bent.

Fujitsu did not provide any details about the screen, but said the new technology consumes only 1/100 to 1/10,000 the energy of conventional display technologies. Possible applications for the paper could be advertising and information displays, restaurant menus, operating manuals or even digital photo frames that typically require a continuous power supply today.

Fujitsu said the displays will become available commercially in the April 2006 to March 2007 timeframe.


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