E Ink Color Technology, Product and Applications
Hui Karen Du, AVP, E Ink Corporation
Have you seen the BMW iX Flow concept car at CES 2022? It is wrapped with E Ink digital paper and displays a transformation in the way surfaces are experienced.
E Ink Holdings Inc. is the worldwide leader of Electrophoretic display technology and products. Since 20 years ago, E Ink has transformed and defined the eReader market, enabling a new multi-billion dollar business. Over the last 10 years, the company has developed revolutionary electrophoretic ink with multi-color pigments that enable displays to show a variety of vivid and vibrant color images besides black and white.
During this presentation, the unique features and advantages of E Ink display technology will be introduced and compared with emissive display (LCD, or LED) technology. Further, E Ink’s color ink design, color generation mechanism, and display film structure will be discussed and the major products and applications in consumer electronics and IOT ranging from retail, home, hospital, transportation, smart packaging and fashion, etc that are enabled by color E Ink will be presented. Finally, the vision of smart surfaces with E Ink technology will be presented, a technology that will transform static spaces into something dynamic, spectacular, personalized, and informative.
Hui Karen Du
Hui Karen Du is the Associate Vice President at E Ink Corporation and currently leads the research department at Billerica, MA. She joined E Ink California (previously at SiPix Imaging) in 2009. Starting from black and white pigment research, she developed new color pigment chemistry and enabled the first electrophoretic display product with 3-particle and 4-particle ink. She is one of the major inventors and contributors to the E Ink SpectraTM 3000 and Spectra 3100TM platforms, which are showing rapid growth in markets such as IoT (internet of things), Manufacturing, Transportation, Healthcare, and Retail.
With strong leadership and project management experience, Karen has successfully led teams to convert complex research concepts into manufacturing ready technologies. She has also been an experienced product development leader and has brought innovative technology into commercial products in areas such as electrophoretic color displays.
Prior to E Ink, Karen was senior scientist at NanoGram Corporation, where she worked on nanoparticle synthesis and surface modification. She developed nanocomposite films for multiple applications including refractive index tuning, anti-reflection coating, and light emitting films. Karen originates from China. She graduated from Jilin University with a Ph.D in Chemistry. She received the Stanford LEAD certificate (corporate innovation) in 2017. With over 25 years of experience in polymer science, nanotechnology and display industry, Karen as 27 publications and more than 40 issued patents.
Analog sensing is undergoing a digital transformation resulting in a new software-defined sensing technology. While analog sensing techniques have matured and plateaued, breakthrough SigmaDrive™ digital technology enables concurrent drive, sense, communications and power all form the same device pin without time multiplexing. For the first time, a system can now both stimulate and receive sensing data concurrently on the same pin. 100-1000X superior SNR enables new modes of operation previously not possible. Sensitivity provides presence detection or hover touchless interaction. SigmaDrive technology also provides a high performance, high quality streamed 3D view of the entire display surface feeding AI based processing to create new human machine interface opportunities.
Gary Baum, SVP, Emerging Technology, SigmaSense, brings over 20 years experience as a veteran system and semiconductor industry sales and marketing executive. Mr. Baum is internationally known for his profitable, rapid-growth sales, marketing and business development initiatives. His industry leadership and expertise include semiconductors, notebook computers, workstations and thermal solutions. He has managed global development and sales organizations on multiple occasions, often helping companies grow out of their formative stages towards successful ongoing concerns. Baum has been instrumental in establishing overseas technology companies from France, Denmark, Japan and Israel within the North American market.
As a member of the founding team, Baum shaped S3’s Windows graphics accelerator strategy that drove S3 to its successful IPO. Mr. Baum was the creator and director of AMD’s first SoC product line and also the notebook processor business where he drove revenue from zero to over $300M annualized within a 19 month period. While at Intel, he led the company’s CPU field product planning, and drove design win programs such as the Intel “Crush” campaign which resulted in both the IBM PC design win and standardized of the entire PC industry on the X86 CPU architecture.
Breaking Glass Barriers to the Verse
David Wyatt, CTO @ PixelDisplay
What are the key goals that augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) displays must meet, in order to fulfill the many promises of the many hyped “verse” experiences ? What technological advances could re-create the desired human sense of “presence”, in synthetic realities ?
VR & AR are unique in our industry, in that they have already been the subject for visual storytelling for over 30 years, and yet still seem to remain out of reach and common use. They have the potential to elevate the humble visual interface, to the role of core protagonist, in a fictional interactive universe. And have already attracted the attention, wonderment, speculation and investment, of all the major players in content, software and hardware. Yet, for all the attention and high expectations, this vehicle is still, as yet, far from delivering the desired sense of presence. How might the continuing story of VR & AR development play out? Which classical plot might it follow: “Prometheus the Fire Bringer”, “The Labors of Hercules”, “The Apple of Discord”, or the opening of “Pandora’s Box?
This talk will identify some of the key requirements, issues, milestones, and innovations, that have-shaped and will-shape, the reality-visualization industry. And elaborate on the technical challenges and new opportunities, as well as some key innovation paths, potentially solving the lingering issues to make interactive synthetic reality successfully prolific.
David Wyatt is the CTO of PixelDisplay, a company he co-founded in 2015. David is the inventor of PixelDisplay’s VividColor, NoBlue, NanoBright, and SmartPixels technologies that give system developers better visual solutions and leading-edge intelligent MicroLED. David originates from rural Australia, the country where he studied Electrical Engineering in South Brisbane College, and earned a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at University of Queensland, before following his engineer passion for both hardware and software into entrepreneurism. He founded his first startup in Taiwan, learning Mandarin on the fly, before finally coming to the US through an acquisition.
Prior to founding PixelDisplay, David was a Distinguished Engineer, at NVIDIA for 9yrs, leading technology developments on GPU’s and Tegra, including inventing NVIDIA’s Hybrid Graphics, and G-SYNC technologies. Before NVIDIA, David was a Chief Engineer, and Platform Architect at Intel for 8yrs. He previously held lead engineering roles in early fabless graphics pioneers including Weitek and Chips&Technologies. With over 20 years’ experience in Silicon Valley, David’s many pioneering innovations cover a wide range of disruptive technologies: thinner-lighter-faster portable devices, high-performance compute data-center systems, smarter displays and lighting, nanomaterials and more. David has more than 100 issued US patents, out of over 200 patents filed internationally, across a wide variety of areas. David’s IP has become an integral part of industry standards (including VESA, HDMI, HDCP, PCI, USB and JEDEC), and key features on products including those from Apple, Google, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Lenovo, Sony, Xiaomi and many more.