Pixel Qi is working on new screens for laptop and mobile devices that are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. They’ll consume as much as 5 times less power than an average LCD, which will greatly improve battery life. But more significantly, they’ll have two modes: a black and white epaper mode and a fully saturated color mode.
In epaper mode, the screens will be easy to read outside, will support resolutions 3 times higher than the color HDTV mode, and unlike epaper displays like the one found on the Amazon Kindle, Pixel Qi’s technology will allow for video-rate refreshing. In other words, you won’t have to wait a second or two for pages to refresh when flipping through the pages of a virtual book or web site.
The first screens using this technology will be 10 inch displays for mini-laptops. The goal is to ship samples to manufacturers in the spring and to begin mass production this summer. Pixel Qi’s Mary Lou Jepsen was one of the key people behind development of the OLPC XO Laptop, and it’s likely that the technology will be used in future versions of the XO Laptop. But a low cost, low power, high resolution display should also turn the heads of executives at companies working on consumer-oriented netbooks as well. Hopefully we’ll see these screens appearing in machines from Asus, Acer, HP, Dell, and Lenovo by the end of the year.
thanks Pixel Qi fan!