Last week Charbax posted this twenty minute interview with the vice president of E Ink, Sriram Peruvemba. E Ink is the company that makes the displays for all the leading ebook readers worldwide.
I hadn’t gotten around to watching the video until this morning because I thought it would be boring blah blah blahing, but it’s actually not at all, it is very informative and interesting.
For starters, did you know that the E Ink panels are only 200 microns thick? And that’s the Pearl displays, the newer color Triton displays are about half that, which is about the same as a typical sheet of paper. Also, the color displays have already started shipping in mass production to be used in ereaders (must be in Asia).
Another interesting fact, E Ink expects to sell between 25 and 30 million ereader displays this year. That’s up from 10 million last year, and 3 million the year before that.
The interview also reveals some upcoming changes for the future of E Ink. First, current displays have about 167 dpi (dots per inch). They are working on doubling that to about 300 dpi. This will add a lot more details for stuff like maps and images. Another change, the main thing that makes ereaders fragile is the glass backplane the E Ink panel is laminated to. They want to start using plastic backplanes to make ereaders more durable.
In case you didn’t know, E Ink also makes screens for a bunch of other things beside ereaders. There have E Ink watches, advertisement signs, secondary displays on cellphones, USB sticks, and they are even getting onto credit cards too.