May 242011

Los Angeles, California — May 17, 2011 – E Ink Holdings, the leading developer and marketer of electronic paper display technologies, today announced that the company’s E Ink Triton display has been given the highest recognition as the “Gold Display Component of the Year” for the Display of the Year Awards (DYA) presented by the Society for Information Display (SID) during Display Week 2011. Industry experts agree that this display technology holds the most promise for shaping the future of the global display industry.

“The [Award] recognizes significant advances made by the international display industry over the past year in bringing new and innovative products to the market,” noted Robert Melcher, chairman of SID’s DYA Awards Committee. “We are proud to award E Ink the 2011 Gold Display Component of the Year honor for its E Ink Triton Color Electrophoretic Display.”

“E Ink Triton displays open new markets for ereaders by enabling the rendering of color charts, graphics and images required to make eTextbooks a reality,” said Sriram Peruvemba, Chief Marketing Officer at E Ink Holdings. “It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in the display industry for our efforts to perfect ePaper technology.”

E Ink revolutionizing the ePaper market with its E Ink Triton color displays. Triton displays deliver high-contrast, sunlight readable, low-power performance that further closes the digital divide between paper and electronic displays. Triton enables color ePaper solutions, enhancing the visual experience for ePublishing markets including eBooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines and eTextbooks. User experience of readers confirms the E Ink displays are preferred over light emitting displays commonly used on tablets.

The first color E ink e-reader is expected to be Hanvon, the largest e-reader developer in China. Hanvon expects to begin shipping ereaders incorporating Triton in China beginning this summer.

Both Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble have close links with E Ink Holdings, who also supply the E-Ink Pearl display for Kindle and the new Nook. Given the awards the the Triton color E-Ink technology is collecting and the path being set by Hanvon, it is only a matter of time before Amazon or Kobo or Barnes and Noble announce the first color E-Ink e-reader for the US market.

What do you think? Will it be the Kindle color E-Ink e-reader OR the Nook color E-Ink e-reader that gets shipped first in the US?

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  3 Responses to “Kindle Color E-Ink OR Nook Color E-Ink Which Will Be First To Set A Release Date”

  1. Well looks like it will more likely be Barnes and Noble — Amazon just having released the Nook Color competitor, Kindle Fire, and rumors are already spreading about the Nook Color 2 in time for Christmas of this year.

  2. I would have to say that the logical conclusion would be that the 4th generation Kindle will be the first to incorporate a touch, color screen for the U.S. market, seeing as how Barnes and Noble JUST came out with a new e-reader and will likely hold out for a minimum of a year before launching a new model; where as the 3rd generation Kindle has been out for almost a year now and Amazon is probably (hopefully) looking at launching a new model Kindle within the next 6 months.

    • I tend to agree with your conclusion, Mike.

      Amazon needs to recapture the innovation crown from Barnes and Noble and Sony, who have both introduced touch capabilities to their latest e-ink readers, both in the last few months. Even Kobo has just launched such a device. Why Amazon has not yet switched to touch screen from the old keyboard on the Kindle is mystery. Perhaps Amazon’s in-house touch screen technology development with Touchco, which was acquired at the start of 2010, has not been fruitful yet. Amazon may have to bite the bullet on this one an buy in xForce infrared touchscreen technology from Neonode, as all the other mainstream ereader manufacturers have done.

      With regards to a future color E-ink reader, surely a customer as important as Amazon will have first pick from E Ink Holdings treasure trove of new display technology. Amazon was certainly a early adopter of Pearl E Ink technology, along with Sony. Perhaps Amazon is hoping to learn from the experiances of Hanvon and its imminent launch of China’s first color e-ink reader, before it announces the Amazon Kindle color e-ink reader in the second half of 2011.

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