Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen has announced that the company is working on a 7 inch version of its low power, dual mode displays. The 7 inch screens should ship in the first half of 2011, although samples could be available for companies looking to integrated the technology into their tablet computers and eBook readers by the end of 2010.
Pixel Qi already offers a 10 inch display for netbooks and tablets. The screens are designed to look like normal LCD displays when a computer backlight is on, showing full color and full motion. When you cut the backlight, the screen is still visible but the colors fade to grayscale. In this high contrast mode, the screen looks similar to an E-ink display and consumes about 20% of the power used by a typical LCD, which should be enough to add about an hour of battery life to a modern netbook with a high capacity 6 cell battery.
We’re still waiting for commercial products such as the Notion Ink Adam tablet or Innoveral Lattice tablet to hit the streets, but you can pick up a DIY kit that will let you install a Pixel Qi display in your existing 10 inch netbook from the Maker Shed. Unfortunately the DIY kits carry a pretty steep $275 price tag.