E Ink Holdings, this week announced the upcoming release of E Ink Mobius, a new flexible electronic paper display (EPD) technology. E Ink Mobius will be the first flexible display technology that will go into mass production for a large format digital paper product based on flexible Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology developed by Sony Corp.
Mobius uses a TFT technology that will enable the development of much lighter and rugged products. Mobius displays can weigh less than 50% of the weight of an equivalent glass based TFT. This is particularly important for mobile products requiring larger display areas. A 13.3" display weighs approximately 60 grams.
The ruggedness and lightweight characteristics of Mobius are due to the TFT being constructed on a plastic substrate rather than traditional glass. The technology was developed by Sony specifically for use with EPDs in cooperation with E Ink. Sony has now transferred the technology to E Ink for mass production. E Ink will start mass production of the world's first 13.3” flexible EPD display in 2013.
"We have been working with Sony for over 10 years, and we are extremely happy to bring this technology to mass production. Development of this new digital paper product by Sony confirms our belief that the ePaper market is still strong," said Giovanni Mancini, director of product management for E Ink Holdings.
The first product prototype to use Mobius is Sony's digital paper product.