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Epson and E Ink Announce a New Addition to the EPD Controller Family


New ISIS chip offers higher performance, space saving solution

TOKYO, Japan, Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”, TSE: 6724), a global supplier of imaging products and semiconductor solutions, and E Ink Corporation, the leading developer and marketer of electronic paper display (EPD) technology, today announced a new jointly developed display controller IC, the S1D13522, which provides a high performance, space saving solution for E Ink’s Vizplex-enabled electronic paper displays. The new IC is based on the same powerful engine as the first model, the S1D13521, but provides customers with a higher level of performance and additional features.

Found in most major electronic reader devices, Epson and E Ink’s EPD low-power consumption screen technology has been a key factor in the rapid growth of the eReader market and the expanding range of mobile applications, such as eBooks, eNewspapers, tablet PCs, laptop secondary displays, eNotebooks, and eDictionaries.

The new Epson display controller (code named ISIS) includes 2M bytes of embedded memory and features that greatly reduce the CPU overhead for EPD applications. Allowing multi-regional and concurrent display updates, the S1D13522 adds interface support for direct Touch/Pen drawing. In addition Picture-in-Picture, Rotation, Transparency, and Hardware Cursor functions further increase flexibility in delivering the optimal display experience.

“Our aim is to provide the world’s best digital reading experience. Our partnership with Epson has created a feature rich, more integrated display controller IC that will allow our customers to offer more versatile eBooks.” said Russ Wilcox, President and CEO of E Ink Corporation.

“Epson successfully added a new segment of display controller solutions with the first model announced last year. This new controller IC demonstrates our commitment to further expanding the EPD display market in partnership with E Ink by fully utilizing Epson’s energy- and resource-saving IC technology developed over the last four decades” said Ryuhei Miyagawa, Chief Operating Officer of Epson’s Semiconductor Operations Division.

The Advanced Sequencer Engine, Power Management, I2C Thermal Sensor, and optional Serial Flash Memory support make a variety of implementations possible. The new controller also adds interfaces for PMIC I/F and panel auto ID read. Combining all these unique features enables application developers to develop products more efficiently. The S1D13522 is the ideal choice for new EPD designs and design upgrades. Samples of the Epson S1D13522 are available now. Sample price is $20. Production quantities will be available in January 2010.

E Ink plans to offer an ISIS prototype kit that will enable engineers to rapidly prototype and develop next generation ePaper products. Details will be announced when kits are available.

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises over 70,000 employees in 108 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.


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