Another product with a Pixel Qi screen has started to ship – We confirm here the Trimble Yuma 2 has our 7″ screen in it and it looks gorgeous. Great touch bonding and great touch responsivity. I was playing with the unit this weekend and found it impossible to run down the batteries. I threw it on the floor a lot, stood on it often, poured lots of coffee and water on it and it still looks brand new and runs like new. Take that Apple and Samsung!. More information available here.
This thing is virtually indestructible in all kinds of weather including Storm Sandy I suspect. I was planning to unveil it a Wall Street Journal event in lower Manhattan tomorrow, but the conference has been postponed the site evacuated.
We will be announcing at least a half-dozen new devices with our screens in them in the next sevreal weeks.
We covered two big conferences last week – one in Taipei and one in Boston.
While the 50th annual SID Display Week conference was booming last week in Boston, most of the Pixel Qi team was releasing some new products with customers at Computex in Taipei.
At SID Display Week we gave a few talks. I’d like to share this one with you.
It is about the role of fab-less development of innovative screens as a new approach to business in the display industry. Fab-less is an effective approach used by the designers of innovative technologies from silicon chips to computers and devices (e.g. Apple doesn’t have fabs or factories – they contract with them). However, this approach is brand new to the display industry. We at Pixel Qi are doing this as a start-up and creating real innovation in the industry not just from a technical perspective but also from a business perspective. I spoke at length about some of the issues in the process, and many of the benefits that are unfolding and becoming more visible now.
Making your own device with a Pixel Qi screen is getting easier. Of course, if you just want to buy an existing tablet – go ahead. Going this way can allow you to create new devices, and perhaps even a new business selling your creation.
At Pixel Qi, we have always tried to support the developer communities and wanted to call your attention to a new offering from Tin Can Tools. They have just announced a new kit (now available). The kit provides all the cabling and adapters to hook Pixel Qi screens to a variety of small credit card sized computers, namely: BeagleBoard Rev-C, BeagleBoard-xM, PandaBoard, PandaBoard-ES and compatible clones.
- Picture of Tin Can Tools Animal LVDS Mini Board Driving Pixel Qi Screen
- Tin Can Tools Pixel Qi Kit Order Page
Consider taking this further – combine with the wide variety of approaches for styling your own housing (Makerbot, Stereolith Printing, or even hand-crafted housing or steampunking it) and if you like: add your own touchscreen. Ways to do so with a Beagleboard and Pandaboard are documented at Make Magazine and touchscreen kits are available online at places like alibaba.com. We do recommended using optically bonded projected capacitive touch solution.
We at Pixel Qi loved the Apple iPad3 screen, but were shocked by the overheating reports and the massive power draw (8Watts?!). The battery of the iPad is dedicated driving the display – about 90% of the battery seems to be used for this one purpose. We at Pixel Qi are dedicated to low power screens – our screens are the cornerstone of thinner and lighter devices that will work inside and in direct sunlight. We can now announce that we can match or exceed the image quality of the screen in the iPad3. We have a new architecture that matches the resolution of the ipad3 screen, and its full image quality including matching or exceeding contrast, color saturation, the viewing angle and so forth with massive power savings. We even added a very low power mode that runs at a full 100X power reduction from the peak power consumed by the iPad3 screen. We are finalizing our partner(s) on the development of this new screen family and the sizes we will make it in. For comparison purposes I show a graph below for 9.7″-10″ tablet sized screens with power consumption highlighted.
We have been very busy – delivering product to our customers. Some of these are military customers and we can’t talk too much about those…. However, we do have many other customers who are shipping product today with our screens: You can buy these products right now. Just click through on the links below.
- Inboxpad VQ A8388 Tablet PC Android 2.3- 10″ tablet
- Sunbook – a 10″ notebook by Clover Systems
- Sol Tablet PC – runs Windows 7
- Joyplus M10PQ – 10″ tablet
- Padpro 10″ tablet by Evigroup
- Adam tablet – a 10″ Android tablet by Notion Ink
- Carwash Control – by Unitec Electronics
- Reflection Golf – a golf stroke training system by 5D tech
- Sol Sidekick, a motion analysis system by Sports Motion
- Hydra t-3 by InHand – a rugged tablet (waterproof too)
- Auxiliary USB powered open frame – by Display Solution AG
- The XO laptop – by One Laptop Per Child
We are also beginning design on some dramatically higher resolution and massively lower power new screen architectures… but you will have to wait for those. In the meantime I hope that you enjoy the products listed here.
This week we announced a new tablet with a company called Shi-Zhu Technologies. Shizhi is pronounced Sher-Ju and is a clever wordplay on a character combination for Bamboo and its use for paper. The Chinese word for Bamboo is Zhu (pronouced Ju).
Shi-Zhu is closely allied with, and creating a tablet for, one of China’s leading publishing and media groups called Southern Media Group. Southern Media Group ships more paper newspapers per day than The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal combined by some counts!
The Economist describes Southern Media’s Group ability to capture new newspaper markets in the state controlled media system of China quite succinctly. They say that Southern Media is doing something novel – appealing to its readers. Southern Media has been at the forefront of investigative journalism frequently breaking news on corruption scandals, with a revolving door for its top journalists – in and out of jail in China. The group have also been busy with pioneering efforts in gossip and celebrity reporting that have many glued to coverage, and eager for the next issue. The combination of the two (gossip and investigative journalism) has proven irresistible to mainstream Chinese audiences, a content combination that is powerful everywhere.
The tablet is gorgeous with a distinctly high brow Chinese aesthetic, all the content, and runs the latest Android OS. It’s long life battery and indoor/outdoor full-function screen also reduce eye strain for long-form reading especially in bright environments.
On display NOW at GITEX in Dubai
While this blog has been quiet for a few months, we have been creating a larger infrastructure behind the scenes and are beginning to announce some of what we have accomplished. Today we announce A Partnership with All American , one of the largest and most respected component distributors in the world. We are thrilled to join their product line-up and view our partnership with them as critical to enabling engineers everywhere to design transformative products with Pixel Qi screens.
In addition, 3 weeks ago we announced A Major Partnership with 3M which we believe will allow us to bring our technology into mass adoption worldwide.
I’m often asked how Pixel Qi is doing and when our products will be widely available. I’d like to report that over 3 million people are already using my screens, and we are now ramping into even higher volumes. Already, our screens are used by soldiers jumping out of airplanes, children in the developing world on their OLPC laptops, in a variety of tablet and netbooks, and in many applications that find desirable a combination of low power, outdoor usability and low perceived eye strain.
We are introducing two new products into mass production in the coming months. Their sizes and resolutions:
- 7″ Diagonal 1024×600 screen
- 10″ Diagonal 1280×800 screen with color even when backlight is completely off
These screens will be widely available in the market and we will be announcing more details soon.
At Computex 2011 we will show two new additions to our family of sunlight-readable low-power displays. Both the new 7″ display (1024×600 resolution) and the new 10″ display (1280×800 resolution) build on Pixel Qi’s award-winning technology delivering excellent rendering of multi-media and e-reader content under any conditions – and at a power savings of up to 80% over conventional LCDs.
Our booth space is located directly off the entrance lobby of the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). Please contact Courtney Wang to set up a meeting time with us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Addendum: We will exhibit several new devices and platforms, including tablets from Notion Ink, a windows tablet from Innoversal, the Sunbook a netbook computer, Sports in Motion’s swing analysis device for athletes, reference designs and other devices using Pixel Qi’s sunlight-readable low-power display technology.”
The innovative ZTE Light 2 tablet provides excellent internet browsing and multi-media experience in any light
Mobile World Congress (MWC) – Barcelona, February 14th, 2011 – ZTE Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, and Pixel Qi Corporation, designer of innovative low-power sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays, today announced introduction of the ZTE Light 2 tablet PC with Pixel Qi’s award-winning liquid-crystal display at MWC. Leveraging leading edge technologies from both companies, the Light 2 tablet combines the features and performance of a 1GHz processor running the Android operating system with a 7-inch high-resolution Pixel Qi display to offer an excellent multi-media experience in a slim, light weight design with extended battery life.
“We are excited to partner with Pixel Qi to bring their innovative display technology to market,” said Adam Zhang, VP & President of ZTE Mobile Broadband Device. “It brings a new level of performance to our family of tablet PC’s, rendering excellent images under any light conditions.”
“Working with ZTE, a world-leading telecommunication company with a global customer base, provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to address a world-wide market,” added Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO and founder of Pixel Qi. “We look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”
The display is manufactured in a Pixel Qi partnership with CPT (Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd.). Based in Taoyuan, Taiwan, CPT manufactures nearly 40 million displays per month and is the #2 manufacturer of small and middle sized LCDs in the world.
The ZTE Light 2 tablet PC features a 12.6mm super slim design, Android 2.2, a hi-speed 1GHz processor and 4GB of memory. The 7-inch low-power Pixel Qi display has multi-touch capacitive touch screen and a screen resolution of 1024×600 pixels delivering a pixel density of 170 pixels per inch.
Pixel Qi’s award-winning 3Qi display technology renders quality full-color images plus full-motion video and, in high ambient light levels, its reflective mode contributes to the image allowing the backlight to be turned down or off. This delivers significant power savings and a very comfortable reading experience.
For further information on ZTE and Pixel Qi, please visit booth number 8B145，HALL8 during the MWC 2011.
ZTE is a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless, service and terminals markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while achieving continued revenue growth. ZTE’s 2009 revenue led the industry with a 36% increase to USD 8.8 biillion. ZTE commits 10 percent of its revenue to research and development and takes a leading role in a wide range of international bodies developing emerging telecoms standards. A company with sound corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, ZTE is a member of the UN Global Compact. ZTE is China’s only listed telecom manufacturer, publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information please visit www.zte.com.cn.
About Pixel Qi Corporation
Pixel Qi Corporation, the world’s only non-captive LCD screen designer, has pioneered a new class of screens combining an e-paper look with color and video. These screens offer dramatically lower power consumption, full sunlight readability, and stunning text rendering for reading. The screens use standard LCD manufacturing equipment and materials with a full suite of new inventions to give users real benefits they can see. Pixel Qi, with offices in Silicon Valley, California and Taipei, Taiwan, is a spin-off of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and was founded by OLPC‘s former CTO Mary Lou Jepsen. Pixel Qi believes that the future of computing is all about the screen and is dedicated to continuously delivering innovative screen technologies rapidly into high volume mass production. For more information please visit www.pixelqi.com
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世界通信大會（MWC）- 巴塞羅那，二月十四號，2011 – ZTE Corporation 中興通訊股份有限公司，世界上最大電信設備和網絡解決方案的供應商之一，Pixel Qi Corporation，一家創新低功耗且在陽光下可閱讀液晶顯示器的設計公司，今天共同宣布推出搭載Pixel Qi受獲獎肯定創新顯示屏的Light 2平板電腦。憑藉著兩家公司領先的技術，Light 2平板電腦結合了在Android操作系統1GHz的處理器上運行的特點和性能，同時Pixel Qi 7英寸高解析度顯示器能提供卓越的多媒體經驗，超薄，輕巧的設計與延長電池壽命。
我們很高興能與Pixel Qi合作, 共同將其創新顯示技術推向市場，中兴通讯移动宽带产品总经理张亚东說： “藉重其能在任何光線條件下呈現出色且流暢影像的特性, 將我們的個人平板電腦產品提升到更高的應用層次。
中興通訊Light 2平板電腦的規格為十二點六毫米超薄設計，Android 2.2，一個高速1GHz的處理器和4GB內存。 Pixel Qi 的7英寸低功耗顯示器搭配多點觸摸電容式觸摸屏，屏幕分辨率1024×600像素提供每英寸170像素的優質畫面。
如需進一步關於中興通訊和Pixel Qi的資料，歡迎到2011年的MWC HALL8，8B145中興通訊展位參觀。
中興通訊是全球領先的電信設備和網絡解決方案供應商, 產品範圍涵蓋幾乎所有有線，無線，服務和終端市場。該公司提供創新的，定制的產品和服務超過 500個運營商在140多個國家，使其能滿足客戶不斷變化的需求，同時實現收入的持續增長。中興通訊2009年收入成長36％增加至8,820.7億美元領先同業。中興通訊將其百分之十營收投注於技術及產品研發並維持其各方面的領導地位持續開發新興的電信標準。中興通訊同時是一家擁有良好的企業社會責任（CSR）的企業，是聯合國全球公約組織成員之一。中興通訊是中國唯一上市的電信製造商，同時在香港和深圳證券交易所上市（H股股票代碼：0763.HK/ A股代碼：000063.SZ）。欲了解更多信息，請至 www.zte.com.cn
Pixel Qi 觀儒股份有限公司
Pixel Qi Corporation是世界上唯一的專精的液晶螢幕設計商，開發了一個創新能結合電子紙模式以及彩色多媒體模式的顯示器。這些屏幕具有顯著降低功耗，在陽光下仍可閱讀和卓越的閱讀內容顯示效果等特性。使用標準LCD製造設備和材料就能生產此一讓消費者耳目一新的劃時代產品。Pixel Qi，辦事處設在美國加州矽谷及台灣台北，是One Laptop per Child（OLPC）相關企業，由OLPC的前首席技術長瑪莉羅賈普森創立。Pixel Qi認為，未來的運算皆與屏幕有關，將持續致力於不斷推出創新屏技術發展並使其達到量產規模。欲了解更多信息，請至www.pixelqi.com
Here is a quick video from our booth at CES this week in Las Vegas – seeing is believing:
We also announced a netbook from Clover Systems called “Sunbook” that uses a Pixel Qi screen with Windows, and an Intel Atom Chipset. We debuted a netbook from Genesi running Ubuntu and using an ARM CPU. Both sport extremely long battery life, sunlight usage, and great text readability as offered by the Pixel Qi screens.
We also showed a number of tablets, some of which are already on sale. This includes the Notion Ink Adam tablet, Realease’s Shogo Tablet as well as a few others that are in development or nearing production for example the Accusee tablet from Accusee.
In addition we showed a auxiliary screen powered only by USB cable that also delivers the data to update the screen. This from Display Solutions AG in Germany with a Pixel Qi screen.
From the CES show floor it became apparent that purely Eink readers or purely LCD tablets were both missing the mark. The former lack color, speed and backlight, the latter lack crisp text, readability, long battery life and ability to use outdoors. Pixel Qi is showing a way to have both and we have brought on board some of the largest LCD manufacturers in the world to deliver this to you all in the coming months.