E Ink reports first loss after 10 quarters
E Ink has reported its first loss in two years following ten quarters of consecutive profit. Revenues declined by a steep 63 percent to just $131 million, while its gross margin shrunk to a microscopic 0.8 percent from a much higher 28.5 percent in the previous quarter. The decline is said to be the result of excess manufacturing capacity and being forced to move into lower margin LCD panels from higher margin Electronic Paper Display (EPD) products.
LG first with flexible e-ink e-paper, ready April
LG Display has announced that that it has started mass production of the world's first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in the next generation of e-books. The 6-inch monochrome e-ink-based plastic EPD sports a resolution of 1024x768, but its real trick is its ability to bend at up to 40 degrees from the center of the screen. It achieves this feat by being one-third thinner than existing EPDs, which continue to use a glass substrate instead of plastic, also making the LG EPD only half as heavy.